Stein Collectors International
Featured Stein ~ January 2020
Frankfurt American High
By Wayne F. Schildhauer
American High School (FAHS)
was a Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) system school
located on what was once known as the Abrams Complex in Frankfurt,
Germany. One of DoDDS original six high schools in Germany, the school
served the children of American military, government and civilian
personnel from 1946 until its closing in 1995. Originally known as
the "Maroon Raiders", the "Eagle" was adopted as the school's mascot
during the 1948–49 school year. The school's colors are black and gold.
The motto is "Eagles Über Alles."
stein was made for the
graduating Class of 1975 at Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt
am Main. Could one imagine the furor caused by a high school in
the United States offering such an item?
The sides of the stein list all the names of the senior class, which
had about 400 students. The students came largely from Frankfurt
and the surrounding areas' military bases, but some were from
diplomatic missions behind the Iron Curtain and elsewhere in
Europe. The latter resided in the school's dormitory while school
was in session.
The interior bottom of the stein has a lithophane image of a dancing
couple, the man wearing Lederhosen and the woman wearing a Dirndl.
As one can see, each stein was customized with the student's name at
According to the bill of sale, the stein was designed and made by the
firm of Heinrich Korb Porzellan in Eberbach.
With the redeployment of US forces in response to the Gulf War and
closing of bases in the Frankfurt region following the Cold War and
German reunification, the school closed following the 1994–95 school
year, and the Abrams Complex where it was located was returned to the German Federal government.
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