Hitane Elementary School

Name Hitane Elementary School
Name (Japanese) 直根小学校
Location Hitane, Chōkai, Yurihonjō
Address (Japanese) 〒015-0531 秋田県由利本荘市鳥海町下直根字大谷地37
Address Ōyachi 37
Hitane, Chōkai
Yurihonjō, Akita

This school closed in March 2013. Its students moved to the newly opened Chokai Elementary School.


Year Students ALT
2012-2013 33 Russell Kabir
2011-2012 33 Douglas Perkins
2010-2011 36 Douglas Perkins
2009-2010 36 Douglas Perkins
2008-2009 46 Douglas Perkins
2007-2008 51 Douglas Perkins


Year Era
1874-10-15Hitane Elementary School is formed.

The temporary location is Shōjūji.
Hitane Elementary School is in University 7, Middle School 62-64 Group. At this time, the country's education is divided into 8 university groups, each containing 32 middle school groups, each containing 210 elementary school groups. Also, elementary school is divided into lower (6-9 years old, 3 years) and upper (10-13 years old, 3 years).

明治 7.10.15直根学校として本校の創意をみる。


※直根学校は第7大学区13番中学区62〜64小学区であった。これは学制発布が全国を8大学区とし,1大学区に32中学区を,1中学区に210小学区を設けたことによる。 また,下等小学は6〜9才の3年間,上等小学は10〜13才の3年間であった。
1879-01-11First graduates of lower grade elementary school. 12.1.11下等小学校の最初の卒業生を出す。
1880-04-10Hitane Elementary School instruction tour to Momoyake, Kami-Hitane, and Sarukura. 13.4.10直根学校の巡回教授所を百宅・上直根・猿倉に置く。
1880-12A major education revision occurs. Schools are split into a 3 year primary course, a 3 year intermediate course, and a 2 year upper course. This school has only elementary level students. 13.12教育全改正により初等科3年,中等科3年,高等科2年となり,本校は初等科のみ。
1883-08-12Shōjūji is destroyed by a fire. The school temporarily moves to 3 new locations at houses of local residents: Jūbē Satō, 新田宗祥太, and Denjūrō Takahashi. 16.8.12正重寺焼失により,佐藤重兵ヱ・新田宗祥太・高橋伝十郎方に分散仮校舎とする。
1886-04-01Momoyake Branch School is established. 19.4.1百宅に分教場を設置する。
1887-04A major education revision occurs. Schools are split into a 4 year ordinary elementary course and a 4 year higher course. The school becomes 直根簡易小学校. 20.4学制改革され,高等小学4年,尋常小学4年,簡易小学3年となり,本校は直根簡易小学校となる。
1887-05-31Kami-Hitane Branch School and Sarukura Branch School are established. 20.5.31上直根・猿倉に分教場を設置する。
1889-10-01Momoyake Branch School, Kami-Hitane Branch School, and Sarukura Branch School close. 22.10.1百宅・上直根・猿倉の3分教場を廃止する。
1892-06-05An elementary school reform is ordered. Under the new age grouping, the common section level is 3-4 years, and the upper level is 2-3 years. The school becomes 直根村立尋常小学校. The school adds a 4th grade class. 25.6.5小学校令の改正により,尋常科(3〜4年)高等科(2〜3年)となり,直根村立尋常小学校と改称,修業年限4年となる。
1893-02-01Small branch schools are opened in Kami-Hitane and Momoyake. 26.2.1上直根に分教場を設置し,百宅分教場と称する。
1897-11-25In Chikoshi, a private house of 116m² is purchased. In 1901, it is enlarged to 132m², and in 1908, it is enlarged to 172m². 30.11.25打越に民家を購入,35坪の校舎を建築する。(34年40坪増築,41年模様替と増築52坪)
1898-02-19In Kami-Hitane, the Momoyake Small Branch School gets a new building in the neighborhood of Nakamura.

On the same day, in the village of Mamenashi in Kami-Hitane, Kami-Hitane Small Branch School is opened.
In 1902, Momoyake Small Branch School moves to a new building located in Yama no Sawa.



1902-03-12Kami Hitane Small Branch School becomes Kami-Hitane Ordinary Elementary School.
On 1911-03-18, the school is demoted back to a small branch school. At that time, the branch school was located in Momoyake.
1908-04-01By imperial edict, the length of compulsory education is extended to 6 years. 5th and 6th grade are added to the school. 41.4.1勅令により義務教育年限は尋常科6年,高等科2年となり,本校は修業年限6か年。
1911-01-19In Sarukura, a special winter classroom is added, teaching 1st-4th grade in a single classroom. 44.1.19猿倉に冬季特別教場を置く。(4年まで単級)
1912-01-11At 11:40 a.m., fire breaks out. All of the school's official documents burn. Following this, a new graduation ledger is created. 45.1.11午前11時40分学校より出火,校舎書類の一切を焼失する。(卒業台帳はこの年度より新たになる。)
1914-10-01To replace the school destroyed in the 1912 fire, a new building is constructed in Nakamura, Shimo-Hitane. 大正 3.10.1火災により焼失した校舎を下直根字中村に再建落成する。
1919-04-01Upper grade levels are added and the school becomes a regular elementary school with the new name "直根村立尋常小学校". 8.4.1高等科を併置し,直根村立尋常小学校と改称する。
1927-11-22Addition to school building complete. 昭和 2.11.22校舎増築落成する。
1936-12-30Momoyake Branch School building renovation complete. 11.12.30百宅分校改築落成する。
1941-04-01The school becomes Hitane National Elementary School.
Because of the wartime nationalistic influence, elementary schools in Japan changed to this system from 1941 to 1947.
1947-04-01In an educational reform, schools are divided with 6 years for elementary and 3 years for junior high. The school becomes 直根村立直根小学校. 22.4.16・3制実施にともない,直根村立直根小学校と改称する。
1948-11-30Sarukura Branch School building renovation complete. 23.11.30猿倉分校改築落成する。
1948-12-01Teshirosawa Branch School opens. 1st-6th grade use a single classroom. 23.12.1手代沢に分校設置。(1〜6年の単級)
1950-02-10Major structural repairs are completed on Kami-Hitane Branch School.

In 1958-1959, the gymnasium is renovated.

In 1971, the building is extended.


1952-04-04In Sodegawa, a branch school is established, containing 1st-5th grade. The building is renovated in 1959. 27.4.4袖川に分校設置。(1〜5年の単級)34年改築。
1954-09-15School celebrates its 60th anniversary.
A publication is produced, a commemorative event is held, and playground equipment is improved.
1955-03-31The three villages of Kawauchi, Jinego, and Hitane combine to form Chōkai. The school name becomes 鳥海村立直根小学校. 30.3.31川内・笹子・直根3村の合併により鳥海村誕生,鳥海村立直根小学校と改称する。
1956-05-08The school flag is established. 31.5.8校旗を樹立する。
1959-12-04The school song is created. The lyrics are written by Takahashi, from Naka-Hitane. The music is written by Komatsu, from Higashiyuri. 34.12.4校歌を制定する。作詞:高橋亮吉氏(中直根出身)作曲:小松耕輔氏(東由利町舘合出身)
1961-10-01Teshirosawa Branch School closes. 36.10.1手代沢分校を廃校にする。
1961-10-23In 1960-1961, Kami-Hitane Branch School is designated a "Teaching Japanese for Combined Class Instruction" school by the Akita Prefectural Board of Education. The school receives a commendation from the Akita Board of Education on October 8, 1962. 36.10.23上直根分校を会場に35・36年度県教委指定の「複式学級に於る国語科同単元学習指導の研究」を公開する。(37年10月8日県教委より表彰)
1963-04-01Momoyake Branch School separates from Hitane Elementary School and becomes 鳥海村立百宅小学校. 38.4.1百宅分校は本校より分離して鳥海村立百宅小学校となる。
1966-11-14Renovation of Sarukura Branch School complete. 41.11.14猿倉分校を改築落成する。
1968-03-31Sodegawa Branch School closes. 43.3.31袖川分校を廃校にする。
1969-11-19In Nakamura, Shimo-Hitane, school building renovation complete. Full school lunch is introduced. 44.11.19下直根字中村に校舎改築落成する。(校舎完成とともに学級給食はじまる。)
1970-11-15In Nakamura, Shimo-Hitane, gymnasium construction complete. 45.11.15下直根字中村に体育館落成する。
1974-10-25School's 100 year anniversary ceremony. 49.10.25創立百周年記念式典を挙行する。
1976-07-03Schoolyard enlarged by 180m². 51.7.3校庭180m²の拡張工事完了する。
1979-07-03"Town-designated Special Activity Research Project" exhibition occurs. 54.7.3「町指定特別活動研究」を公開する。
1981-03-31Kami-Hitane Branch School closes. Its students move to Hitane Elementary School. A school bus route is created. 56.3.31上直根分校を廃校する。(上直根の通学はスクールバスになる)
1983-09-22As part of a prefectural rural area research project, a town-designed "Educational Guidance" research meeting occurs. 58.9.22県へき地教育研究会,町指定「学習指導研究会」を公開する。
1984-03-31Sarukura Branch School closes. Its students move to Hitane Elementary School. 59.3.31猿倉分校を廃校する。
1984-04-01Momoyake Elementary School closes. Its students move to Hitane Elementary School. A school bus route is created. 59.4.1百宅小学校を統合する。通学はスクールバスになる。
1985-08-08Hitane Elementary savings group receives commendation from farm cooperative treasury director. 60.8.8直根小学校貯金会,子ども信用協同組合農林中央金庫理事長表彰を受ける。
1986-11-13Hitane Elementary School PTA receives commendation from All-Japan PTA organization chair. 61.11.13直根小学校PTA日本PTA全国協議会長表彰を受ける。
1987-10-10Chōkai area public research meeting with the theme, "Educational planning on how to improve math and science fundamentals." 62.10.10鳥海地区学習指導公開研究会,研究主題「算数科における基礎学力の向上を図る学習指導」
1988-11-25School facade and lunch room walls resurfaced. Gymnasium exterior wall repainted. 63.11.25校舎正面及び給食室の壁面全張替と体育館外部壁面張替塗装完成。
1989-03-306 classroom ceilings and 5 special use room ceilings resurfaced. 平成 1.3.30教室(6),特別教室〈5)の天井,壁面の塗装完成する。
1989-04-30School yard and driveway are paved with asphalt 4m wide. 1.4.30校庭通学路全面改修舗装(巾員4.0mアスファルト)
1989-08-23In the school yard, a athletics facility (with 5 parts) is constructed using donations from the PTA. 1.8.23校庭にアスレチック施設(5種類)をPTA奉仕作業で完成する。
1989-02-08School designed as part of Ministry of Education's "Diligent Service Manufacture Practice" program. Hallway walls resurfaced. Staff bathrooms completed. 1.2.8文部省指定「勤労生産学習」初年度,校舎廊下のし板全面張替,職員トイレ完成。
1991-10-02Ministry of Education's "Diligent Service Manufacture Practice" exhibit occurs. Gymnasium is refurbished. 3.10.2文部省指定「勤労生産学習」公開,体育館内装張替。
1993-02-25School is presented with a thank-you letter from the Akita Prefectural Children's Museum for "Tomato Universe Cultivation". 5.2.25宇宙トマト栽培の功績により,秋田県立子ども博物館より感謝状と記念品を贈呈される。
1994-10-15120 year anniversary. 6.10.15創立120周年記念の年を迎える。
1995-12-13A new school flag is introduced. 7.12.13校旗及び略旗を新調する。
1996-07-31Hitane Elementary savings group receives commendation from farm cooperative treasury director. 8.7.31直根小学校貯金会,子ども信用協同組合農林中央金庫理事長表彰を受ける。
1997-10-02Chōkai area public research meeting with the theme, "Raising children who can vividly express themselves with thought and passion." 9.10.2鳥海地区公開研究会,研究主題「思いや感動を生き生きと表現できる子どもの育成」
1998-10-29The Ministry of Education designates the school as a "Rural Area Research School" for 1998-1999. 10.10.29文部省より,へき地教育研究校に指定される。(H10〜Hll)
1999-10-07As part of the Ministry of Education's "Rural Area Research School" project, there is a research meeting. The meeting theme is, "Think independently; raise and teach children in a lively fashion." 11.10.7 文部省指定へき地教育公開研究会,研究主題「主体的に考え,生き生きと学ぶ子供の育成」
2000-04-01The former Hitane Junior High School building is renovated and becomes the Hitane Elementary School building.
At this time, Chōkai Town's three junior high schools — Kawauchi, Hitane, and Jinego — merge to form Chōkai Junior High School.
12.4.1 旧直根中学校を増改築した新校舎に移転する。

The Japanese is copied from [1], and the English is a translation of it.


  • Years ago, there was teacher housing for Hitane Junior High School and Hitane Elementary School, but it has long since closed. At that time, teachers requiring housing were moved to Jinego.

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