James Campbell High School

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James Campbell High School
Motto Integrity, Scholarship, Way to Wisdom
Established 1962
Type Public High School
Principal Naomi Takamori (start 2010)
Asst. Principal Flossie Stephany
Tumoana Kenessey
Alisa Bender
Melody Habon
Donna Deai
Troy Sueoka
Students 2,890 (2013)
Grades 9-12
Location 91-980 North Road,
Ewa Beach, Hawaiʻi, USA
District Leeward District
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Campus Suburban
Colors Black and Orange          
Athletics Oahu Interscholastic Association
Mascot Saber
Rival Farrington High School
Kapolei High School
Waianae High School
Waipahu High School
Yearbook Pohaku Makamae
Newspaper Ewa Naupaka
Military United States Navy JROTC
Website [1]
JCHS Saber.jpg

James Campbell High School, often simply Campbell High School or JCHS, is a public coeducational high school located at 91-980 North Road in ʻEwa Beach, Hawaiʻi, 25 miles away from Downtown Honolulu. The school serves grades nine through twelve, has an enrollment of around 2,898 students, and is part of the Leeward Subdistrict of the Hawaii State Department of Education. It also serves children of Department of Defense employees that live in military housing in ʻEwa Beach, ʻEwa and Iroquois Point. Like Farrington High School and Waipahu High School, over half of the students are of Philippine descent.

The school's educational program, Smaller Learning Communities (SLC), hopes to specifically help students in a chosen career pathway, thus benefiting students in precise occupational skills for the future. As of December 2007, James Campbell High School became the second Hawaii high school[1] (along with the private Mid-Pacific Institute) to gain the status of International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, expecting to award prospective JCHS graduates beginning Commencement 2010. The school has a variety of programs such as agriculture, marine science, newspaper, yearbook, and television production media.


The school is named after real estate tycoon James Campbell who was at the forefront of Ewa's prosperous progression into a sugar cane plantation community. James Campbell immigrated from Ireland to the United States at the age of 13 and worked as a carpenter. After two years, he began work on a whaling ship in the South Pacific which became shipwrecked. Fortunately he survived this disaster and lived in Tahiti until he boarded another whaling vessel bound for Maui, Hawaiʻi. He then ventured into real estate, buying a large arid area of land in Ewa, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. Many believed his investment to be a waste of profits due to the dry and unproductive climate of Ewa, but his artesian well had changed the landscape into a thriving sugar cane plantation. From this, his legacy continues in the community, as well as in the high school.

James Campbell High School was originally located at what is now ʻIlima Intermediate. Since its establishment in 1962, the school has grown throughout the years to accommodate the increasing population of the Ewa area. James Campbell High School is currently the largest school (in terms of population) in the state of Hawaiʻi.

June 1965 was the first year James Campbell High School held a graduation ceremony for its first senior class (approx. 225 students).

The school celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2012.

In-depth information[edit]


There are ten academic buildings on the campus. Of the academic buildings, two (D and O) are three stories, three (G, S, and N) are two stories, and the remainder (F, J, K, M, and R) are one story. There are also 24 portable classrooms (P-1 to P-25, skipping 13), some of which are air conditioned; an administration building, a cafeteria, locker rooms for both genders (as well as a varsity football locker room), and a gym (complete with a basketball and volleyball court). The school also houses a football field surrounded by a dirt track and a baseball field. The library of the school also serves as the community's public library, and has entrances both on campus and off campus. Most rooms do not have air conditioning. D-Building houses the Freshman and Sophomore Academies, as well as the Freshman and Sophomore counselors, Vice-Principals, and Students Services Specialists (SSS). O-Building houses the upperclassmen core classes. F-Building has mostly community-based instruction. G Building is where most of the Business & Health and the Public Human Services and Natural Resources classes, along with the Nova.net computer lab, and the Student Association room. J-Building has many of the Arts & Communication classes, and disabled classrooms. K-Building holds the Band room and the Hawaiian Language/Dance room. N-Building is home to the NJROTC program, and some of the Industrial and Engineering classes, along with R Building. The campus boasts the bronze sculpture Malama Ia Kaʻahupahau (Care of Kaʻahupahau) by Solomon Fukuda.

O building area.
G building area.
Stage near F building at the courtyard.
D Building and Courtyard from K Building.

Block schedule[edit]

Since the 2003-04 school year, James Campbell High School has followed block scheduling. The schedule divides the school year into two semesters, each containing two terms. Each semester is equivalent to one year, as there are four classes in a regular school day, each being about 82 minutes long (except on Wednesdays when classes are 10 minutes shorter.[2] Before the implementation of the new schedule, a school year consisted of six classes per student, while the new schedule allows students to take eight classes per year. In spite of the longer class periods, students are given more opportunities to gain credits.

Advanced courses[edit]

Advanced Placement[edit]

James Campbell High School offers the following Advanced Placement courses:[3]

  • World History, taken sophomore year
  • United States History, taken junior year
  • Psychology, taken senior year
  • Language and Composition, taken junior year
  • Literature and Composition, taken senior year
  • Human Geography, taken junior or senior year
  • Calculus AB, taken junior or senior year
  • Calculus BC, taken junior or senior year
  • Statistics, taken junior or senior year
  • Biology, taken junior or senior year
  • Physics B, taken junior or senior year
  • Art History, taken junior or senior year
  • Studio Art, taken junior or senior year
  • Spanish Language, taken junior or senior year.

Honors courses[edit]

Honors courses are offered in the core classes for ninth and tenth grades. After ninth and tenth grades, challenging courses are offered in the form of AP or IB classes.

Smaller Learning Communities[edit]

Along with the change in bell schedule, James Campbell High School also has undergone an academic adjustment. The Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) are academies within the school curriculum which are divided into distinct sections according to workforce divisions (i.e. health, media, etc.). There are four SLC groups within James Campbell's school curriculum:[4]

  • ACEIT House
    • Arts & Communication
    • Engineering & Industrial Technology
  • BEACH House
    • Business & Health Services
    • Public & Human Services and Natural Resources.
  • Sophomore Academy (10th Grade)
  • Freshman Academy (9th Grade)

Students are placed into an SLC group by preference and his or her classes are then geared towards that specific area of study. For instance, a student in the Arts and Communication SLC will have social studies classes that will include topics relevant to that SLC.

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Along with James Campbell High School's varied curriculum, the school possesses a wide gamut of clubs and organizations that cater to the diverse interests of the student body. All "official" clubs must be chartered by the Student Association. Here is a complete list of "official" clubs and organizations within the campus:[5]

  • 76 South
  • 96706 Dance Squad
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
  • Achievement, Compassion, Education, Service (ACES)
  • Art Club
  • Automotive Club
  • Band (Pep, Marching, Parade, Symphonic)
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Cultural Club
  • Civic Club
  • Color Guard
  • DJ Club
  • Drama Club
  • Drumline
  • Distributive Clubs of America (DECA)
  • ʻEwa Naupaka (Newspaper)
  • EXT 205
  • Family Career Community of America (FCCLA)
  • Future Farmers of America (FFA)
  • Filipino-American Club (Fil-Am)
  • Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Club (GEAR-UP)
  • Gaming Club
  • Graphics Club
  • Hawaiʻi Automotive Service Technology - Skills USA
  • Hiking Club
  • Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
  • Helping Young People Excel (HYPE)
  • Interact Club
  • International Club
  • iSpeak
  • Japan Club
  • Leadership Experience Opportunity (LEO)
  • Letterman's Club
  • Lifeteen Club
  • Literary Connections Club (LitCon)
  • Literary Journal "Vox Pop"
  • Literary Magazine (annual publication called thINK)
  • Math Club
  • Medical Careers Club
  • Mock Trial
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC)
  • Networking Technologies - Skills USA
  • Otaku Club
  • Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC)
  • Paintball Club
  • Peer Education
  • Photography Club
  • Pohaku Makamae (Yearbook)
  • Polynesian Club
  • Polynesian Dance & Music
  • Robotics (Sabertron, team 2467)
  • Raising Student Voice and Participation (RSVP)
  • Samoan Club
  • Skills USA
  • Step Team
  • String Ensemble
  • Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)
  • Student Association (SA)
  • Television Production (SaberMedia Productions)
  • Universal Fundamentals of Science (UFO)
  • Victory Club (Christian Club)
  • Video Club
  • Vinyl Villains (DJing Club)


Campbell High School also has an array of sports for its students. These activities include:[6]

  • Air Riflery
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Judo
  • Paddling
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Alma mater[edit]

by Alfredo D. Lagaso; Arr. by Jonathan Kea This song was possibly derived from Gioacchino Rossini's "La gazza ladra": Overture.

Sing our praise to thee alma mater
Ring thy praise all you sons and daughters
Raise your voices, Oh! Mighty ʻEwa
Let all declare our loyalty to thee.
Let the sunset reflect thy colors.
Radiantly hoping for bright tomorrows.
You our symbol of endless striving,
Content to work to make this world, that we live in free.
The tradewinds shall echo always,
The truths we hold sincere;
The canefields with its ceaseless swaying,
Together we show fealty to thee.
So stand Black and Orange proudly;
Let us strive toward the future wisely.
Let no challenge to pass us by,
Knowing we are all for you, Campbell High!
Hail to thee! (Hail to thee!)
Sabers True (Sabers True!)

Listen to the Alma Mater: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtyEUd3Uzwo


  • In October 2012, The Junior Varsity Softball team defeated Mililani 4-1 to win the OIA JV championship.
  • In March 2012, The Junior Varsity Basketball team defeated Mililani to win the OIA JV championship.
  • February 2008, The Varsity Girls Basketball Team won the D-2 state basketball championship at the Stan Sheriff center at University of Hawaii campus. Defeating Mckinley 57-55 in OT. The first in school history.
  • In March 2009, Five Saber Media Students won 2nd place in the national Student Television Network (STN) Convention PSA Category, among the nation.
  • In December 2007, the school became an official IB (International Baccalaureate) school, becoming the only public high school in Hawaii with this distinction.
  • In early 2007, the school became an official AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school, become the only public high school in Hawaii so far with this distinction.
  • The James Campbell Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps. (NJROTC) has been awarded the distinguished unit title for fourteen consecutive years.
  • In 2003, the school was the first Leeward Oʻahu school to place first in the Math Bowl competition. Presently, Campbell High School is the only Leeward school to have such a title.
  • The School's former Principal, Dr. Gail Awakuni, was awarded National Principal of the Year 2004-2005.
  • In 2004 the Varsity Football team won the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Championship[8] and the HHSAA State Football Championships Division II against Iolani School 28-7.
  • The High School is one of a handful of schools in the United States selected as a model school. This selection is based on Campbell's academic curriculum and innovative school and community-related programs.
  • James Campbell High Colorguard- Won 1st Place twice at Kamehameha Tournament of Bands 2007 and Mililani "Trojan" Bandfest 2007. As well as 2nd Place during at Kamehameha 2006 and Mililani 2006.
  • The JV Football team won the OIA White Championship on Saturday, November 8, 2008 against the Kalaheo Mustangs.
  • The Boys Varsity Volleyball won the OIA White Championship on Friday, May 9, 2008 by sweeping Kaimuki Bulldogs 25-20, 25-23.
  • The Varsity Football team won the OIA White Championship game 2008 on Friday, November 7, 2008 at the Aloha Stadium against the Radford Rams.
  • Campbell tops Punahou for the first state softball championship, in 2010.
  • The 1992 softball team won the OIA championship defeating Kailua.
  • JCHS held its first graduation in 1965.


  • James Campbell's alma mater is the second longest in all of Hawaiʻi's high schools.
  • Its library also serves as the community library, under the Hawaiʻi State Library System.
  • JCHS was the first public high school in Hawaii to receive accreditation for the elite, college-track International Baccalaureate diploma program, whose goal is to produce global scholars. http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20100816_Raising_the_bar_to_find_success.html


  1. ^ IB Schools in Hawaii
  2. ^ "Bell Schedules". Retrieved 2/3/13. 
  3. ^ "JCHS Advanced Placement Program for 11th and 12th Grade". Retrieved 2/3/13. 
  4. ^ "Small Learning Communities". 
  5. ^ "Clubs, Councils, and Activities". Retrieved 2/3/13. 
  6. ^ "Athletic Departments". Campbell High School. Retrieved 2/3/13. 
  7. ^ "2011-2012 Student Handbook". Retrieved 2/3/13. 
  8. ^ Oahu Interscholastic Association: Football

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