President Theodore Roosevelt High School

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President Theodore Roosevelt High School
1120 Nehoa Street
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 96822
United States
Coordinates 21°18′37″N 157°50′14″W / 21.3104°N 157.8372°W / 21.3104; -157.8372Coordinates: 21°18′37″N 157°50′14″W / 21.3104°N 157.8372°W / 21.3104; -157.8372
Type Public secondary
Established 1932
School district Honolulu District
Principal Jeanette Uyeda
Asst. Principal Scott Shimabukuro
Michelle DeBusca
Ricky Shimokawa (Interim)
Teaching staff 91
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1654 (2011)[1]
Campus Urban
Color(s) Red and Gold          
Athletics Oahu Interscholastic Association
Mascot Rough Riders
Rival McKinley High School
Punahou School
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Complex Area Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area
Complex Area Schools Anuenue School
Kawananakoa Middle School
Lincoln Elementary School
Maemae Elementary School
Manoa Elementary School
Noelani Elementary School
Nuuanu Elementary School
Pauoa Elementary School
Stevenson Middle School
Military United States Army JROTC

President Theodore Roosevelt High School is a public, co-educational college preparatory high school of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education and serves grades nine through twelve. Roosevelt High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


President Theodore Roosevelt High School

President Theodore Roosevelt High School is one of the oldest public secondary schools in the state of Hawaii. It was one of the first schools in the state to have compulsory Reserve Officer Training Corps education, a standard from 1934 to 1966. Roosevelt High School is most famous for its buildings and landmark domed bell tower constructed in Spanish mission architectural style, currently being restored through grants of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. Its buildings were used as backdrops in several movie and television productions. Adjacent to the historic bell-towered building is the 2001 Hawaiian basalt sculpture 'Hoʻokahi' (To Make as One), by Mark Watson.


In January 2014, a police officer shot an unnamed runaway teen, who was being detained for trespass and became disruptive at the school.[2]

Campus and location[edit]

Roosevelt High School is located in urban Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. It is situated in Makiki's Kalāwahine Valley adjacent to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific overlooking downtown Honolulu and Ala Moana. The campus boasts the Hawaiian basalt sculpture Hoʻokahi (To Make As One) by Mark Watson.


There were 1,654 students attending Roosevelt High School in 2011.

As of the 2011 school year, the racial composition was as follows:

As of the same school year, 26% of the student population was economically disadvantaged.[1]

Complex Area Information[edit]

Roosevelt High School is part of the Hawaii Department of Education Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area along with Kaimuki High School and McKinley High School.

Roosevelt Complex[edit]

The Roosevelt Complex consists of 12 elementary, middle, and public charter schools including Roosevelt.

  • Anuenue School
  • Education Lab Public Charter School
  • Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School
  • Kawananakoa Middle School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Maemae Elementary School
  • Manoa Elementary School
  • Noelani Elementary School
  • Nuuanu Elementary School
  • Pauoa Elementary School
  • Stevenson Middle School

Feeder Middle Schools[edit]

Roosevelt High School feeds primarily from 3 middle schools in the Honolulu area.

  • Prince David Kawananakoa Middle School
  • Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School
  • President George Washington Middle School



The Roosevelt High School Music Department consists of Band(Concert/Symphonic), Orchestra(Concert/Symphony), Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble.

Roosevelt's music department is known for its active and highly recognized Marching Band, which in recent years have participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and cultural exchanges to Japan, participating in the annual Midosuji Parade. The band will be traveling to London to participate in London New Years Day Parade in 2008. Participating in Class A competition, the Roosevelt High School "Rough Rider" Marching Band is highly decorated for its achievements in the Moanalua High School Menehune Classic Band Festival, the Kamehameha Tournament of Bands,amo the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) Marching Band Festival, the University of Hawaiʻi Marching Band Rainbow Invitational, and the Mililani High School "Trojan" Bandfest. The Concert and Symphonic Bands have consistently received "Superior" ratings at local and national music festivals. The symphonic and concert bands have had equal success having received "Superior" ratings at local, national, and international festivals over the years.

The orchestra program consists of the Chamber Strings and the Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony Orchestra has been nationally recognized for their performances over the past several years.

Smaller Learning Communities[edit]


List of academies include:

  • Arts and Communication Academy,
  • Engineering and Technology Academy,
  • Liberal Arts Academy,
  • Sports & Fitness Academy
Arts and Communication Academy[edit]

Roosevelt's Arts and Communication Academy officially began operations in 2002 and in 2004 graduated its first class. Known for involving language, art, humanities, and history in a humanistic approach, the academy, run by award-winning teachers — Morris Umeno, Leinaala Freitas, Karen Matsunaga, and Carol Takaki — is active with the Hawaii Opera Theater and brings students to cultural centers such as Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid. Recently they are also expanding their school trips to Asia, particularly Japan. This academy is usually in charge of hosting Japanese students on their visits to Hawaii to study how schools here operate.

Usually, the junior academy class performs Macbeth, whereas the senior academy class performs A Midsummer Night's Dream. In a venture for the junior and senior academy class in school year 2009-2010, they have done a condensed version of Georges Bizet's Carmen as a singular academy.


  • Anime Club
  • Associated Student Body
  • Class of 2012 Council (Graduated)
  • Class of 2013 Council (Graduated)
  • Class of 2014 Council (Graduated)
  • Class of 2015 Council (Seniors)
  • Class of 2016 Council (Juniors)
  • Class of 2017 Council (Sophomores)
  • Class of 2018 Council (Freshmen)
  • Billiards Club
  • Chess Club
  • Christian Club
  • Civil Engineering
  • Comedy Club (Disbanded)
  • French Club
  • HOSA Club
  • Interact Club
  • International Culture Club
  • Japanese Club
  • Judo Club
  • Korean Club
  • Key Club
  • Leo Club
  • Math Team
  • Opera Club
  • Pacific & Asian Affairs Council Club
  • Red Cross Club
  • Robotics
  • Spanish Club
  • Speech and Debate
  • Spirit Club
  • Tech Crew
  • Green Club

Roosevelt's Speech and Debate Organization is highly recognized for producing some of the best Lincoln-Douglas Debaters in the State. In 2005, Roosevelt's debaters took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the State Debate Tournament in the Lincoln-Douglas category.

Finally, Roosevelt's Student Government is considered one of the most active in the state. Students from Roosevelt have consistently participated in the Hawaii State Secondary Student Conference, the Hawaii State Student Council, and the Honolulu District Student Council. Over the years, Roosevelt students have continuously been known to either chair the Hawaii State Secondary Student Conference, the Hawaii State Student Council, or run the Conference and Councils legislative operations.

Notable alumni[edit]

Popular Culture[edit]

Roosevelt High is where Adam Pelko in the fiction novel A Boy at War attends school.


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