Damien Memorial School

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Damien Memorial High School
1401 Houghtailing Street
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96817
United States
Coordinates 21°19′52″N 157°52′04″W / 21.33124°N 157.86781°W / 21.33124; -157.86781Coordinates: 21°19′52″N 157°52′04″W / 21.33124°N 157.86781°W / 21.33124; -157.86781
Type Private, coeducational
Established 1962
President Bernard Ho
Principal Peter Zawot
Enrollment 472 (2012)
Color(s) Mauve and Gold         
Team name Monarchs
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]

Damien Memorial School is a private Roman Catholic prep-school for grades 6-12 located in Kalihi, Oahu, a section of Honolulu, Hawaii. Located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, the school is sponsored by the Congregation of Christian Brothers and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[1]

History and origins[edit]

At the end of World War II, the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu saw the need for a second Catholic School on Oahu. The new school was named after the saint Damien de Veuster who was a local priest. The Congregation of Christian Brothers, students, and parents volunteered to turn the land, which included 4 acres (16,000 m2) of taro patches and a good deal of uneven swampland into a school campus, because the company that started the construction on Damien went bankrupt.[2]

Beginning in the fall of 2012, Damien will officially become co-educational, ending its nearly 50 years of all-male education.[3]


  1. ^ a b WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ The Companies We Keep by Bob Sigall and his students at Hawaii Pacific University
  3. ^ "Damien to admit girls in Fall 2012". Honolulu Star Advertiser. Retrieved 9 July 2012.