Our History

Our History

1998. 03 A small group of faculty members of Handong Global University (HGU) launches a communal form of homeschool, Handong International School (HIS), on the campus of HGU.
2000. 05 HIS and ‘Another Thanksgiving,’ a group of Korean-American Christians living in Los Angeles, USA who have been praying and searching for ways to support missionaries’ children meet and decide to build a school mainly for them.
2000. 12 Construction of a main building (currently, “Vision Hall”) begins.
2001. 05 Construction of the main building, an annex (currently “Thanksgiving Hall”), the first residence hall (currently “Love Residence Hall”), and school grounds are completed.
2001. 05. 28 Registered as a lifelong educational facility (school type) with the Gyeongsangbuk-do Office of Education.
2001. 12 1st Commencement (1 graduated)
2002. 03 Becomes a member school of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
2002. 12 2nd Commencement (1 graduated)
2003. 12 3rd Commencement (6 graduated; 1 complete)
2004. 03~05 A third floor is added to the main building and a second residence hall (currently, “Faith Residence Hall”) is opened.
2004. 12 4th Commencement (4 graduated)
2005. 03 Registered as a high school within the category of “Various Schools” without accreditation by the Korean Ministry of Education and Human Resources.
2005. 12 5th Commencement (12 graduated; 2 completed)
2006. 12 6th Commencement (16 graduated; 2 completed)
2007. 12 7th Commencement (13 graduated; 3 completed)
2008. 12 8th Commencement (18 graduated; 1 completed)
2009. 12 9th Commencement (22 graduated)
2010. 12 10th Commencement (25 graduated)
2011. 03 Accredited by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology as an alternative school that combines elementary, middle, and high school programs within the category of “Various Schools”.
2011. 12 11th Commencement (25 graduated)
2012. 12 12th Commencement (30 graduated)
2013. 12 13th Commencement (54 graduated)
2014. 12 14th Commencement (51 graduated)
2015. 12 15th Commencement (34 graduated)
2016. 12 16th Commencement (51 graduated)
2017. 12 17th Commencement (51 graduated)
2018. 05 HIS 20th Anniversary Celebration
2018. 08. 28 Hope Dorm Opening
2018. 12 18th Commencement (58 graduated)
2019. 12 19th Commencement (50 graduated)
2020. 12 20th Commencement (46 graduated)

*Previous principals and interim principals at HIS:

Hae-Kyeong (Becky) Park, Sung Yeon Oh, James DeVries, Roger Lenk, In Sook (Ruth) Baik, Se Gee Hong, Seung Ho Pi, Eun Shil Rhee, Jun Mo Cho, Nicholas Lantinga