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Balboa High School in the Canal Zone




Balboa High School was located in Balboa the Republic of Panama in an area which, many referred to as the old Canal Zone. Historically, the secondary schools in the canal area came into being upon the completion of construction of the Panama Canal. In 1914, the one secondary school building was located in the community of Gatun. With the completion of the canal in 1914, the secondary school was moved to Ancon. In 1916, the high school was opened in Balboa.


Balboa High was a fully accredited institution of learning. Founded in 1914 as a secondary school for the Panama Canal Company, it later became part of the DoDDS system in 1979. The North Central Accrediting Association accredited BHS.


Balboa High School students were young people from all over the world. Many of them were dependents of U.S. military personnel stationed in Panama. These dependents plus U.S. civilian students, Panamanian, and third country nationals, all together, create a dynamic cultural diversity in our student body. One that was quite unique. The last graduating class was BHS 1999. BHS is now history for that year what was known as the old Canal Zone was turned over to Panama.

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