Adventist Mission School Notes 75 Years
Every school day approximately 220 children cross the border from Mexicali, Mexico, to enter the U.S. at Calexico, California, about 120 miles east of San Diego. The two towns, sister cities, share something else: education provided for youngsters by a Seventh-day Adventist mission school that recently marked its seventy-fifth anniversary.
ACADEMY ANNIVERSARY: Alan Bohman, left, a former principal of Calexico Mission School, interviews Alfredo Loreto, a CMS student from 1965-1966, during a reunion honoring the Seventh-day Adventist institution’s seventy-fifth anniversary.The commemoration included a worship service with a sermon by a former teacher, Bernardo Sámano, an afternoon concert featuring the reunion of the school’s Mission Singers musical group, and an evening fair at which funds were raised for school needs. Although some of the more than 100 alumni who came to commemorate the occasion traveled from as far away as Lincoln, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C., most who came were from nearby, in Mexico. Located 20 feet from the international fence and only two blocks from the Mexico-U.S.A. border crossing, Calexico Mission School (CMS) has been fulfilling its purpose of sharing the gospel since 1937.
“The school sits as a mission right on the fence between the United States and Mexico. Many students that have [attended] the school have gone on to become leaders in our church,” said Alan Bohman, a former CMS principal.
What began as a 30-student, one-teacher classroom blossomed into a K-12 Adventist institution that once boasted a student population of more than 400, and currently enrolls 275. Most parents send their children to CMS so that they can receive a United States education and learn English, but teachers and staff of the school convey far more than the basics. Approximately 90 percent of the student body is not Advent-ist, but come to the school for its educational excellence. While there, more than a few of these students embrace the Adventist message.
—with information from Nic Lindquist, Calexico Mission School