Dededo

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Dededo
Dedidu
Town
Location of Dededo within the Territory of Guam.
Location of Dededo within the Territory of Guam.
Country United States
Territory Guam
Government
 •  Mayor Melissa B. Savares (D)
 •  Vice mayor Frank A. "Daigo” Benavente (R)
Area
 • Total 30 sq mi (80 km2)
Population (2010 [1])
 • Total 44,943
 • Density 1,498.1/sq mi (578.4/km2)
Time zone ChST ( UTC+10)
Village  Flower Gardenia jasminoides

Dededo ( Chamorro: Dedidu) is the most populated village [2] in the United States territory of Guam. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dededo's population was just under 45,000 in 2010. The village is located on the coral plateau of Northern Guam.

Etymology

The origin of the name Dededo is not clear. It is speculated that it is derived from the Chamorro word for two inches, dededo, or it is a modification of the word dedeggo, meaning " heel of the foot," or deggo, which refers to the tiptoes. [3]

History

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 5,126
1970 10,780 110.3%
1980 23,644 119.3%
1990 31,728 34.2%
2000 42,980 35.5%
2010 44,943 4.6%
Source: [1]

Before World War II, Dededo Village was at the bottom of Macheche Hill. Dededo grew into a major village after the war when the U.S. Navy constructed housing for displaced Guamanians and for laborers coming from off-island to help in Guam's development.[ citation needed]

Following Typhoon Karen in 1962, Kaiser Subdivision in Dededo was constructed for islanders displaced by the storm. Further housing subdivisions were constructed increasing the village's population.

Geography

Dededo is located at the north central part of the island roughly at the center of population. It encompasses an area of about 30 square miles (78 km2) of Guam’s 209 square miles (540 km2). The headquarters for the Guam National Wildlife Refuge are in Dededo. [4]

Climate

Climate data for Dededo, Guam
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 82
(28)
82
(28)
84
(29)
86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
84
(29)
84
(29)
84.8
(29.4)
Average low °F (°C) 69
(21)
69
(21)
71
(22)
71
(22)
73
(23)
71
(22)
71
(22)
71
(22)
71
(22)
71
(22)
73
(23)
71
(22)
71
(22)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 5.7
(145)
4.8
(122)
3.8
(97)
4.0
(102)
5.2
(132)
6.4
(163)
11.1
(282)
15.3
(389)
14.3
(363)
13.0
(330)
9.4
(239)
6.5
(165)
99.6
(2,530)
Source: Weatherbase [5]

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School
Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School

Guam Public School System serves the island.

The village has six K-5 elementary schools:

  • Astumbo Elementary School
  • Finegayan Elementary School
  • Juan M. Guerrero Elementary School
  • Liguan Elementary School (opened on August 21, 2008 [6])
  • Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School
  • Wettengel Elementary School

Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School and Astumbo Middle School (opened on August 21, 2008 [6]) are in Dededo.

Before 2008 rezoning, some Dededo students continued on to John F. Kennedy High School in Tamuning and some continued on to Simon Sanchez High School in Yigo. [7] On August 21, 2008 Okkodo High School opened. [6]

Private schools

Santa Barbara Catholic School is in Dededo.

Public libraries

Guam Public Library System operates the Dededo Library at 283 West Santa Barbara Avenue. [8]

Notable residents

  • Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.
  • Senator Michael San Nicolas
  • Stephen J. Guerrero - board chairman of Coast 360.
  • Jesseca Valencia - Guam Superintendent of Education

Mayor of Dededo

Commissioner

  • Jose F. Lujan (1932–1934)
  • Ignacio A. Santos (1934–1940)
  • Juan Pangelinan (1940–1941)
  • Hector Sgambelluri (1941–1944)
  • Ramon S. San Agustin (1944–1951)
  • Vicente S.A. Benavente (1952–1973)

Mayor

  • Vicente S.A. Benavente (1973–1976)
  • Prospero C. Zamora (1976–1977) (acting)
  • Jose M. Garrido (1977–1981)
  • Martin C. Benavente (1981–1985)
  • Patricia S. Quinata (1985–1989)
  • Jose A. Rivera (1989–2001)
  • Scott D. Duenas (2001–2005)
  • Melissa B. Savares (2005–present)

Vice Mayor

  • Teresita B. Umagat (1971–1973)
  • Prospero C. Zamora (1973–1977)
  • Erwin F. Flauta (1977–1978)
  • Martin C. Benavente (1978–1981)
  • Patricia S. Quinata (1981–1985)
  • Jose A. Rivera (1985–1989)
  • Doris S. Palacios (1989–2001)
  • Melissa B. Savares (2001–2005)
  • Andrew "Peter" A. Benavente (2005–2017)
  • Frank Anderson Benavente (2017–present)

Gallery

References

  • Rogers, Robert F (1995). Destiny's Landfall: A History of Guam. University of Hawai'i Press. ISBN  0-8248-1678-1

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