Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School

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Coordinates: 21°21′39″N 157°55′39″W / 21.36081°N 157.92759°W / 21.36081; -157.92759

Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School
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Discipline - Respect - Responsibility
E Onipa'a I Ko Imi Na'auao
"Be steadfast in your search for knowledge."
Queen Lili'uokalani
4361 Salt Lake Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818

United States
Type Public high school
Established 1957
School district Central Oahu
Principal Mr. James Sunday
Vice principal Lon Passos (Grades 10 & 12)
Vice principal Trisha Toyama-Wakumoto (Grades 9 & 11)
Faculty 68 (2009-10)
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1188 (2009-10)
Campus type Open/Outdoor
Color(s)      Black
     Red trim
Athletics OIA White Division
Mascot Ram (Pappy)
Information (808) 421-4200
(808) 421-4210 fax
Athletic Director Kelly Sur
Student/teacher ratio 1:17 (2009-10)
Accreditation Western Association of Schools (2005)


The Admiral

The RamPage
Ka Po'e Ae'a (Wanderer)


Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School, known as Radford High School, is a coeducational college preparatory public high school in the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, adjacent to the Halawa CDP.[1]

Origin of name[edit]

Arthur William Radford was born in Chicago on February 27, 1896. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1916, his first duty tour was on board the battleship USS South Carolina during WWI. He went on to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Pacific Command and later as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Admiral Radford retired from Naval service August 1, 1957. He died on August 17, 1973 of cancer at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Basic information[edit]

Radford High School, established in 1957 and graduating its first senior class in 1960, is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[2] The school is located on 27 acres of land on Salt Lake Blvd., outside of the Aliamanu Military Reservation. The campus boasts the bronze sculpture Striving for Excellence by Jan Gordon Fisher. Radford serves a community of approximately 30,000 people. Its students are ethnically diverse and about 63% military dependents, resulting in a yearly transiency rate of about one third.[3] The school community is located within a one-mile radius of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Foster Village and Aliamanu.

The Military Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) is the school’s primary community group and is composed of school leaders, three military commands, Family Service Centers, business and civilian leaders, PTSO[specify] representatives, students, and the community college liaisons. Most of the issues of its transient population are addressed in this council which meets once a month on the Radford campus. It is a highly functional, comprehensive partnership which has resulted in many exemplary programs and improvements for Radford students and has solved many critical campus/community issues.[4]

School complex area information[edit]

Radford High School is part of the Hawaii Department of Education Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area along with Aiea High School and Moanalua High School.[5]

The Radford Complex consists of 7 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school.

  • Aliamanu Elementary School
  • Hickam Elementary School
  • Makalapa Elementary School
  • Mokulele Elementary School
  • Nimitz Elementary School
  • Pearl Harbor Elementary School
  • Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School
  • Aliamanu Middle School
  • Radford High School

School boundary[edit]

Radford High School's boundary encompasses the following subdivisions and housing areas:

  • Civilian Areas: Aliamanu, Alii Plantation, Crosspointe, and Foster Village.
  • Military Housing Areas: Hokulani, Ohana Nui, Hickam Air Force Base, Catlin Park, Ford Island, Hale Moku, Halsey Terrace, Little Makalapa, Makalapa, Moanalua Terrace, Pearl Harbor Shipyard Quarters, and most of Aliamanu Military Reservation Housing.

Military contamination[edit]

The school's athletic field (football and baseball fields) are inside a former military landfill area.was built on former Navy property at the edge of the Makalapa Crater landfill.[6] The athletic field was closed to students and staff since mid-December 2013. On April 2, 2014 the Hawaii Department of Education stopped Radford's track field renovation, because of soil contamination with lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury from hazardous waste, according to results finalized in March.[7] The toxic waste was apparently dumped between 1930 and 1970 and buried at a depth of about two to three feet. "The military bulldozed it and made it a dump site." [8] The department of Health has said that the field construction site poses no health risk, since the site was covered to prevent dust from blowing off, but admits "It's new information to us that the Navy's landfill operation extended as far toward the public schools as it apparently does," said Gary Gill, Deputy Director for Environmental Health.[8] Replacement costs for Radford High School's cinder track went from $2.3 million to $10.3 million.[6] Per Navy cleanup was delayed by need to acquire funding.


The mission of Radford High School is to educate all students in an integrated setting to become responsible, literate, thinking and contributing members of a multi-cultural society through excellence in teaching and learning.[3]

Alma mater[edit]

Come ye all of Radford, rise strong and sing,

Let praises to our colors ring.

Through the years, may all honor be

To our school with pride and loyalty.

Radford High forever, sing Radmen sing,

Lift high all voices, let our hearts join in.

We shall guard her honor, faithful true we’ll be,

Lift our royal banners, in sky, on land, and sea.[9]


Radford offers rarely offered courses such as Japanese language, introduction to industrial engineering, forensic science, entrepreneurship, marine science, and language arts courses for the gifted and talented, two advanced placement courses in each core area, the Multimedia Program under the Arts and Communications Career Pathway, a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, a Freshman Academy, the Culinary Arts Academy, a Building and Construction Academy, and other electives. Radford maintains several comprehensive student support programs. The Student Transition Center provides new student orientation, a "lunch buddy" program and a tutorial for those students who need extra study assistance.

The Discovery Center assists students with job preparation and placement. The College and Career Resource Center helps students with college searches and applications. The school offers a music program which includes their marching band called the Radford "Red Brigade" Marching band and a concert band made up of less experienced players and a symphonic band for those with more training. The Radford "Rams" Marching Band began in the early 1970s and continued through to 2008 when the name was changed. By 2013, the drumline had established itself as one of the top drumlines in the state of Hawaii.

AP Exams[edit]

In 2008, Radford students took the following AP Exams: Chemistry, Physics B, Calculus AB, US History, World History, English Language, English Literature and Statistics, all of which were offered at the school, and also psychology, calculus BC and comparative government and politics.

Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit[edit]

The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps unit offers extra-curriculars such as armed and unarmed drill, FOX team, and a PT team among other activities within the unit. Students enrolled in the program take Naval Science courses and have opportunities to attend many functions on the nearby Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The battalion is currently headed by Senior Naval Science Instructor Lt. Col. Paul Fields (USMC Ret.).

Sport Championship Years
Baseball 1961, 1979, 2010 (White Div.), 2011 (White Div.)
Basketball (boys) 1962, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1989
Basketball (girls) 2011 (White Div.), 2012 (White Div.)
Cheerleading 2002-03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
Cross Country (boys) 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2002
Cross Country (girls) 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2005
Football 1961, 1962, 1969, 1976, 1981, 2005 (Div. II), 2012 (Div. II)
Golf (boys) 1965, 1966, 1967, 1981
Soccer (boys) 1966
Swimming & Diving (boys) 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1983
Swimming & Diving (girls) 1967, 1968, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1992
Tennis (girls) 1972, 1975
Track & Field (boys) 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2011, 2012
Track & Field (girls) 1961, 1962, 1963, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2009, 2010, 2012
Volleyball (girls) 1971, 1980, 2005 (White Div.)
Wrestling (boys) 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1989
Wrestling (girls) 1997
Sport Championship Years
Baseball 1979
Basketball (boys) 1969, 1971, 1977, 1989
Basketball (girls) 2011
Cheerleading 2006-07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
Cross Country (boys) 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982
Cross Country (girls) 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980
Football 1981 (Prep Bowl)
Golf (boys) 1966, 1967
Track & Field (boys) 1982, 1985
Track & Field (girls) 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980
Volleyball (girls) 1971
Wrestling (boys) 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Halawa CDP, Hawaii." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  2. ^ Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  3. ^ a b About Radford High School
  4. ^ School Status and Improvement Report 2009-10
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b "Navy's contamination cleanup at Honolulu high school track site adds $8 million to cost". The Republic, Columbus, Indiana (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS). 3 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "DOE halts Radford High track field renovation due to soil contaminants -". Press release. Hawaii Department of Education. 04/02/2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ a b Sakahara, Tim (Apr 2, 2014). "Radford High track off limits because of hazardous waste contamination Posted: Apr 02, 2014 4:41 PM CST Updated: 10:54 PM CST By". Hawaii Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Radford High School Alma Mater
  10. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1961
  11. ^ Melveen Leed's Biography
  12. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1962
  13. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1963
  14. ^ Bette Midler
  15. ^ Alumni Listing fro Radford High School 1964
  16. ^ East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame
  17. ^
  18. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1965
  19. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1966
  20. ^ Gallery One -
  21. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1970
  22. ^ Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame
  23. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1971
  24. ^ Advance Force - Pearl Harbor
  25. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1972
  26. ^ Gary Hooser
  27. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1972
  28. ^ Midweek Loretta at Lincoln Center.
  29. ^ Loretta Ables Sayre
  30. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1979
  31. ^ KSCS 96.3 FM
  32. ^ Texas Escapes Online Magazine San Antonio Uncovered.
  33. ^ [2]
  34. ^ Molitoris Group
  35. ^ Honolulu Advertiser Navy Football Keeps Hawaii Ties, Hires Ken Niumatalolo, December 8, 2007
  36. ^ Brian Norwood Profile-Baylor Bears Football
  37. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1988
  38. ^ Akina composer website
  39. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1998
  40. ^
  41. ^ Honolulu Advertiser Radford High Retires Lelie's Football Jersey, November 5, 2005
  42. ^ Alumni Listing for Radford High School 1999
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