About Our School

Our Mission

What We Stand For

The mission of John F. Kennedy High School is to develop our island students to become globally primed high achievers.

Our Facilities

We Are Providing an Environment for Our Students to Grow & Excel

The expected school-wide learner outcomes for our students are that they will be:

Responsible Students

Problem Solvers

Effective Communicators

Technologically Literate


Our Vision

Teaching the Professionals of tomorrow

Every student: Responsible, Respectful, and Ready for Life


The legacy of John F. Kennedy High School


John F. Kennedy High School, originally known as Tumon Senior-Junior High School when it opened way back in September, 1959, overlooks beautiful Tumon Bay and abuts Marine Corps Drive in what is technically the village of Tamuning, but sometimes referred to as Upper Tumon. When it opened, the school housed students from the seventh grade through the twelfth grade.

The following year, 1960, the school graduated its first class.

In 1962, Typhoon Karen devastated the island, destroying George Washington High School (which was arranged in some old quonset huts somewhere in Mongmong), the only other local public high school at the time, forcing GWHS to hold double sessions at JFKHS. In 2003, GWHS returned the favor by hosting JFKHS in double sessions when Typhoon Pongsona severely damaged the JFKHS campus.


The legacy of John F. Kennedy High School

The Guam Legislature voted to change the name of the school in 1965, a decision that was not without controversy within the student body, in honor of the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

When the school first opened it was intended and designed to house 1200 students from grades 7 through 12. As junior high schools were built and district lines were drawn, the school transitioned into a true high school. In 1966, the Department of Education moved the seventh and eighth graders to Dededo Junior High School (what is now Benavente Middle School). In 1969, the ninth graders were sent to Dededo Junior High School, too, leaving JFKHS as a three-year high school. Then, in 1982, JFKHS became a four-year high school again when the ninth grade was moved back in.


The legacy of John F. Kennedy High School

Today, JFKHS accommodates over 2500 students from grades 9 through 12.

Over the years, the campus has seen new construction since the original “quad” design: the section housing the band and ROTC rooms was added in the early 1970’s, the “annex” was added in the late 1980’s, and the back section where the GCC classes are located were added in the early 1990’s. The JFKHS football field and track were named after the late Senator Eugene Ramsey, a JFKHS alumna, in 1982.

Some notable firsts include the chartering of JFKHS’s National Honor Society in 1962; Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC) was added to the curriculum in 1970; and the Guam Community College began offering vocational training classes in nursing, electronics, and marketing in 1976.

Non-Discrimination Policy

No student will, on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, religion, disability or any other basis prohibited by law, be excluded from participating or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination and harassment under any educational programs, activities, or in any policies, or practices conducted by the Guam Department of Education.