Saint Louis School
|Saint Louis School|
Memor et Fidelis
Mindful and Faithful
|3142 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816-1579
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary|
|Oversight||Society of Mary|
|Color(s)||Red and Blue|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
Saint Louis School, located in the neighborhood of Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a historic Roman Catholic college preparatory school for boys founded in 1846 to serve the needs of early Hawaiian Catholics in the former Kingdom of Hawaii. Located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is currently affiliated with the Society of Mary, a religious order of brothers and priests called the "Marianists." Its most famous graduates are Saint Damien of Molokai and Governor John A. Burns, credited with securing statehood and developing the modern State of Hawaii.
Saint Louis School was originally located in the ʻĀhuimanu area of windward Oʻahu as the College of ʻĀhuimanu, founded by the Fathers of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in 1846. During this time, Saint Damien of Molokai completed his training at the school and was ordained. In 1881, it moved to downtown Honolulu, adjacent to Washington Place, the home of Liliuokalani, who would become Queen of Hawaii in 1891. When the school moved to downtown Honolulu, the school was called the College of Saint Louis, named after the patron saint of Louis Maigret, Bishop of Honolulu. The emblem for Saint Louis College can be seen above the door of the administration building of Chaminade University on the Chaminade/Saint Louis campus.
Marianists assumed control of the school and determined a need for the expansion of facilities to meet the needs of the burgeoning Hawaii Catholic population. Because of the Marianist core mission to educate regardless of ethnic, religious, or fiscal means, the Marianists purchased land in Kalaepōhaku, a hillside division of Honolulu's Kaimuki community to allow the school to better serve Hawaii. Kalaepōhaku opened in September 1928 as Saint Louis School.
In 1949, Saint Louis School dropped lower grade levels one at a time and eventually became exclusively a high school serving grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. In 1980, grades 7 and 8 were reinstated. In 1990, grade 6 was reinstated and it joined grades 7 and 8 to become a separate middle school within Saint Louis School. Most recently, grade 5 was reinstated and added to the middle school.
Saint Louis School is fully accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It offers three distinct curricula that students and parents can choose from.
- An accelerated college preparatory program for students planning to attend very selective colleges or universities.
- A college preparatory program.
- A general program for students planning to attend trade or business schools, two-year community colleges, or enter the military or work force.
Saint Louis School plays competitively in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) and the Hawai'i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA). Sometimes it fields members in the Pac-5, an alliance of Honolulu-area private academies.
Lacking professional sports teams in the state has made Hawaii high school teams extremely popular. Several generations of Hawaiian residents have become avid fans of Saint Louis School athletics, especially its football team. It had often been hailed by the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspapers as Hawaii's Team as it has played in prestigious invitational tournaments throughout the world.
Saint Louis School also fields teams in bowling, cross country, kayaking, tennis, water polo and volleyball in the fall. In winter it competes in canoe paddling, basketball, soccer, swimming and diving, riflery, tennis and wrestling. In spring it competes in baseball, golf, judo, tennis and track.
- Benny Agbayani (1988), former professional baseball player for the New York Mets, the Colorado Rockies and the Boston Red Sox. 2005 Asia Series MVP with the Chiba Lotte Marines.
- Tyson Alualu (2005), professional football player for the Jacksonville Jaguars. First Team All-Pac-10 in 2009. Drafted 10th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.
- Joseph Caravalho, US Army physician and current Commanding General of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in Fort Detrick, Maryland.
- Timmy Chang (2000), former collegiate quarterback for the University of Hawaii Warriors. Ranked 2nd all-time in NCAA career passing yards with 17,072. Currently holds three NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision records: total plays (2,587), pass attempts (2,436), and interceptions (80).
- Peter Tali Coleman, Governor of American Samoa.
- Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala (1995), former NFL running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Drafted in the 6th Round of the 1998 NFL Draft.
- Jason Gesser (1998), former collegiate quarterback for the Washington State Cougars. 2002 Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of The Year with Carson Palmer.
- Cameron Higgins (2005), quarterback for Weber State University. 2008 Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of The Year.
- Reggie Ho (1984), placekicker for Notre Dame.
- Olin Kreutz (1995), former NFL player for the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints. 1997 All-American center and Morris Trophy Award winner at The University of Washington. 4-time NFL All-Pro selection, 6-time Pro Bowl selection, and member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team.
- John C. Lane, Mayor of Honolulu from 1915 to 1917.
- Brandon League (2001), MLB player for the Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, and Los Angeles Dodgers. 2011 MLB All-star.
- Ted Makalena, American professional golfer
- Marcus Mariota (2011), quarterback for The University of Oregon Ducks. 3-time Pac-12 All-Conference 1st Team (2012, 2013, 2014). 2013 Fiesta Bowl MVP, 2013 Alamo Bowl MVP, and 2015 Rose Bowl MVP. 2014 winner of the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp, Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Maxwell Awards. First round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2015.
- Sakaria "Sai" Auelua-Toomey (2009), Former Student
- Jeremiah Masoli (2006), quarterback for the University of Oregon Ducks and Ole Miss Rebels. 2008 Holiday Bowl MVP.
- Vili Maumau (1993), former defensive tackle for the University of Colorado and the Carolina Panthers. Drafted in the 7th Round of the 1998 NFL Draft.
- Dean Pitchford (1968), songwriter, screenwriter, director, actor, and novelist. Oscar and Golden Globe Award winner.
- Dominic Raiola (1996), NFL player for the Detroit Lions. 2000 All-American center and Rimington Trophy winner at University of Nebraska. 50th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft.
- Chad Santos (1999), MLB player for the San Francisco Giants.
- Karl Zinsman Jr. (1993), former collegiate football player and musician. 2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner (Three Plus), 2010 Hawaii Music Award Winner (Hi-Town).
Notes and references
- WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- Holy man: Father Damien of Molokai By Gavan Daws p.34