A Visual History of Seoul Foreign School

Established 1912

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The Underwood Family

SFS Founders
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Mrs. Ethel Van Wagoner Underwood

Dedicated and beloved Christian educator, first teacher and lifelong supporter of Seoul Foreign School.

SFS started in 1912; the student body at the end of 1913.

1912

1919

Students in action in 1919.

Plaisant House, October 1923 (first floor of Morris Hall).

1923

1925

The 1925 student body.

Girls’ Basketball included Winifred Davidson (tall girl in back row), Eleanor Decamp, Lucy Norton, Joyce Davidson (Underwood) (mascot), Dorothy Decamp.

Midsummer Night’s Dream on May 7, 1929.

1929

1933

SFS High School students 1933-34.

Pied Piper of Hamelin – Father Charles Hunt, Director.

High School students along the wall in 1933-34.

Dick Underwood and fellow students pose for a picture in 1933.

1939-40 Senior Class including Rachel McLaren, Edna Crowe, Lesa Avison, Jerry Martin and Bob Mcanlis.

1939

The 1939-40 SFS faculty (l-r): Ruth Coblentz, Virginia Smith, Ben Weems, Principal Orin Freerkson, and unknown.

SFS students 1939-40.

1946

1946-49 – Temporary home of SFS at Yongsan.

Science Lab at Yongsan.

SFS Library.

School dance at Yongsan.

Construction of original SFS building in
Yeonhui Dong – April 1958.

1958

1960

Basketball Team – 1960.

Flag football team – 1962.

1962

1963

SFS School Board 1963-
Back: Dr. Allen Clark, Dr. Ian Robb, Rev. Elmer Kilbourne,
Rev. Otto Decamp, Mr. Robert Riggs
Front: Mrs. Olin Burkholder, Mr. Richard Underwood,
Mrs. William Henry, Rev. James Moore Absent: Dr. Kenneth Scott.

1964-1965 – Construction of Robb Hall.

1964

1966

Winter 1966 – Robb Hall complete (before high school building).

Bus through back.

New Road from Yeonhui.

1967

New High School.

SFS Dormitory.

1968

Kevin O’Donnell receiving Presidential Scholar Award from U.S. President Lyndon Johnson – 1968.

Early 1970’s – Elementary School in the background – note the grass on the field.

1970

Early 1970s – Robb Hall and the High School.

Robb Hall (left), original ES building (right), gym in background.

1974

(1) 1974 – Seoul Foreign School.
(2) 1974 – New gymnasium (left), old gym (right).

(1) 1975 – Construction of the Korean gate.
(2) 1975 – Entrance to Seoul Foreign School.

1975

1976

(1) 1976 – Getting off the bus in style.
(2) 1976 – Cheerleaders!

(1) 1975-77 – Terry Kemme’s typing class.
(2) 1977 – Elementary School faculty, Korea Week.

1977

1978

1978 – Elementary students, Korea Week.

May 1986 – Construction of the new British School Building.

1986

1987

Basketball team.

1987 – High School carnival.

1987 – Barbara Boorman’s Gr. 1 class.

1987 – Boys’ Tennis Team, Jack Moon (coach).

1987 – You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.

Graduation Ceremony for Class of 1987.

Middle School construction – Summer 1988.

1988/89 – Middle School complete.

1988

Senior class of 1988.

Winter 1988 – Girls’ Varsity Basketball.

1992

November 4th, 1992 – Royal visit from Princess Diana to the British School.

(1) Soccer field with swimming pool in the background.
(2) SFS swimming pool – completed Fall 1997.

1997

1998

Entrance to the high school.

Spring 1998 – Fiddler on the Roof.

Mr. Kim, Nae Young – Bus Driver from 1974-1998.

Ruth Alexander’s 1998-99 Reception Class.

High school service trip to the Philippines.

High school service trip to Calcutta, India.

 1999 – Psalms Student Lead Praise, Worship, and Performance Group.

1999

2000

(1) 2000 – British School faculty and students.
(2) British School building (before the addition of Key Stage III).

New car and bus parking garage – completed Fall 2001.

2001

Entrance to Seoul Foreign School.

Boys’ Varsity Basketball – 2000/2001
Asst. Coach: Jack Moon / Coach: J.P. Rader.

2002

September 2002 – See You At The Pole school wide prayer meeting.

Happy students on their way to school from the bus garage.

2002 – Construction of the new Performing Arts Center.

2002 – Seoul Foreign School Entrance – 90th Anniversary.

School Board 2002-2003: Diane Ailor, Amy Cooper, Lisa Kim, Gary Small, Jan Williams, Hong Duk Kim, Tim Swihart, Dennis Hodges (Chair), Peter Thorn, Eric Kim.

School Administration 2002-2003: Dr. Harlan Lyso, Head of School; Paul Johnston, HS Principal; Langston Rogde, Director of Business Operations; Jonathan Borden, MS Principal; Kerm Gingerich, ES Principal; Garry Arnott, BS Headteacher.

2003

2003 – Construction of the Lyso Center for the Performing Arts.

2003 – Construction of the Soccer field turf.

Interior of the Lyso Center for the Performing Arts completed in 2003.

Complete soccer field turf on SFS field.

2006

Newly renovated Gym in the Underwood Activities Center (UAC) in 2006.

Outside view of the New Elementary School Building and the Multi-Purpose Center (MPC) in 2007.

2007

Entrance to the new SFS Spirit Shop in 2007.

New Robb Hall inside the MPC Building.

2008

(1) New SFS Korean Gate built in 2008.
(2) HS Play ‘The Elephant Man’ in 2008.

SFS Campus view in 2010.

2010

Installation Ceremony of Dr. John Engstrom, Head of School (2010-2013).

SFS hosts APAC Band Festival in 2010.

The Jungle Book, Performance by the British School students in 2010.

Elementary School Library.

2011

SFS Students, Faculty and Staff gather to pose for 100 picture to commemorate the Centennial Year of SFS, in September 2011.

Seoul Foreign School Entrance – 100th Anniversary (2011-12).