Henry J. Kaiser High School (Hawaii)
|Henry J. Kaiser High School|
|Location||511 Lunalilo Home Rd,
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96825, USA
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Colors||Blue & Gold|
|Athletics||Oahu Interscholastic Association|
|Rival||Kalani High School|
|Newspaper||The Cougar Connection|
|Complex Area||Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area|
|Complex Area Schools||Aina Haina Elementary School
Hahaione Elementary School
Kamiloiki Elementary School
Koko Head Elementary School
Niu Valley Middle School
|Military||United States Air Force JROTC|
Named after industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (who founded the Honolulu community of Hawaiʻi Kai), the school opened its doors in 1971, four years after Kaiser's death. Although enrollment has fluctuated throughout the years along with changing community demographics, the school currently serves approximately 1,100 students in grades 9–12. The school's mascot is the Cougar and the school colors are blue and gold.
Kaiser High School's mission statement, as laid out on their official website, is: "to ensure that all members have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential, to encourage students to be responsible learners, who are caring and contributing members of society, to provide a safe and supportive learning environment, to provide a balanced and varied curriculum that challenges students to strive for excellence."
Kaiser is situated in Hawaiʻi Kai, the best high school in thew state, a small upper-middle class suburban community in East Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu. The campus boasts six classroom buildings as well as a number of trailers, office, library, cafeteria, gymnasium, track, football/soccer field, baseball/softball field, tennis courts, and swimming pool. Built on a series of hills, the beautiful open-air campus has a lot of stairs. The driveway leading up to the school is lined with large palm trees, a distinctive feature of the campus, and leads uphill, directly towards Koko Head, a dormant volcano, which is featured on the seal.
The school's curriculum emphasizes college preparation and incorporates the Hawaiʻi Content and Performance Standards as well as national content standards.
Notable aspects of the school include: a School Community Council; comprehensive athletic and non-athletic co-curricular activities, the latter particularly focusing on community service; student government and leadership classes; an athletic complex, serving both the local community and the state; a Communications Arts & Technology learning center; Project Hoʻolokahi, a program working in conjunction with the Polynesian Voyaging Society; Air Force JROTC; AP and Honors courses; a strong music program, the well-traveled Kaiser Cougars Band and Orchestra which holds an excellent marching and symphonic band; a comprehensive four-year Guidance Program; and, stringent code-of-conduct, student discipline, and attendance policies.
They were most recently approved as an International Baccalaureate World School that supports international mindedness as well as the use of the Areas of Interaction and Learner Profiles. This approval supports the Middle-Years Programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
The musical composition was written by Emmett Yoshioka, a local musician involved in community theatre, and the following lyrics to the Henry J. Kaiser High School Alma Mater were written by an alumnus:
Oh, give us pleasure in our lives today
And let us not to think so far away
As we strive so high to reach the sky
And bless the spirit of Kaiser High
The rains fall ever gently on the land
Our footsteps wash away from golden sands
As our dreams in life become our goals
Remember always the Blue and Gold
All hail, hail, Kaiser High
All hail, Kaiser High
- Sid Fernandez, left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1983–1997. Sometimes known as "El Sid", he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros. His best years were with the Mets from 1984–1993 and he was an integral part of the 1986 World Series championship team.
- Rich Miano, two-time all-Western Athletic Conference pick during his college career at the University of Hawaiʻi, Miano was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Jets in 1985 and enjoyed an 11-year career in the National Football League. Miano has coached eighth seasons as an assistant coach on the UH Warrior football staff, Miano has coached seven all-WAC selections in six seasons at UH. Miano is currently the head coach of the Kaiser High School football team.
- Chad Rowan, better known as Akebono, became the first non-Japanese wrestler ever to reach yokozuna, the highest rank in Sumo, on January 27, 1993.
- Clay Stanley, former indoor volleyball player at the University of Hawaiʻi, Olympic gold medalist (2008)
- Claudia Vasquez, member of the music group Sunland, best known for their 1996 hit single "We Are Only Human".
- Megan Ward, actress best known for her numerous credits in science fiction and horror movies and television series such as 'Party of Five, Summerland, Boomtown and Dark Skies.
- Jon Yamasato, local entertainer, perhaps best known as a member of the band "Pure Heart", along with Jake Shimabukuro and Lopaka Colon.
- Jeff Nunokawa, Professor of English and Master of Rockefeller College, Princeton
- Darin Brooks, television actor best known for his roles as Max Brady on Days of our Lives, and as Alex Moran on Blue Mountain State.
- Tim Oakley, Prop designer for films and television series including Star Trek, 2012, Grimm, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
- Michael Nakagawa, a professional MMA fighter and 2009 Kaiser graduate. Nakagawa was an OIA and Hawaii State Champion wrestler in the 120 lb. weight class. A former college wrestler, Nakagawa turned to MMA when UC Davis dropped its wrestling program. Michael is now on Team Alpha Male and is held in high regard by his teammates, including UFC superstar, Urijah Faber.
- Official home page of Henry J. Kaiser High School
- Official Edline home page of Henry J. Kaiser High School
- Official blog home page of the Parent-Community Networking Center of Henry J. Kaiser High School
- The Kaiser High School Alumni Association