History of Our School
Vicente San Agustin Benavente Middle School, formerly known as Dededo Junior High and Dededo Middle School, was created in 1966 by the Department of Education. It originally consisted of grades 7th, 8th, and 9th. The physical structure of the school changed as it expanded to meet the needs of a rapidly growing student population. In addition to the original school building BMS has added three annex areas.
BMS is located in Dededo, the largest village on Guam. The village has a diverse population ranging from middle to lower socio-economic class families living in mostly residential or rural areas. The majority of the students are Chamorro and Filipino, along with a number of students from other local islands. This creates a student body that is ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse. We take pride in our diversity.
Vicente San Agustin Benavente served the educational community as a principal in various schools in the 1940s. He also served the village of Dededo as a Commissioner for 25 years. During his years of service, the construction of the Kaiser and Liguan Terrace subdivisions took place. There were also many improvements in the village regarding infrastructure (water, electricity, sewer, streets, and roads). In February 1999, the 25th Guam Legislature presented the Benavente family with a resolution relative to endorsing and supporting the Board of Education’s intent to rename Dededo Middle School to VIcente S.A. Benavente Middle School.