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|563 Kamoku Street
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96826
|Type||Private, independent preparatory school|
|Motto||One Team, "humble in victory, gracious in defeat"|
|Patron saint(s)||Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma|
|NCES School ID||00326634|
|Head of school||Timothy R. Cottrell, Ph.D.|
|Teaching staff||162.8 (FTE)|
|Number of students||1859|
|• Grade 1||74|
|• Grade 2||68|
|• Grade 3||64|
|• Grade 4||73|
|• Grade 5||70|
|• Grade 6||122|
|• Grade 7||176|
|• Grade 8||205|
|• Grade 9||246|
|• Grade 10||235|
|• Grade 11||231|
|• Grade 12||224|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.4|
|Hours in school day||6.8|
|Campuses||Lower School (K-6), Upper School(7-12)|
|Campus type||Large city|
|Color(s)||Black, Red and White|
|Athletics conference||Interscholastic League of Honolulu|
|Mascot||ʻIo (Hawaiian Hawk)|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Yearbook||Ka Moʻolelo O ʻIolani|
|Distinctions||4th largest independent school in the United States|
ʻIolani School, located at 563 Kamoku Street in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, is a private coeducational college preparatory school serving over 1,800 students. Founded in 1863 by Father William R. Scott, it was the principal school of the former Anglican Church of Hawaiʻi. It was patronized by Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma who gave the school its name in 1870. ʻIolani in the Hawaiian language means "heavenly hawk". Today, ʻIolani School is affiliated with the Episcopal Church in the United States. It is administered by a Board of Governors and is one of the largest independent schools in the United States.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Curriculum
- 5 Other activities
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
On December 16, 1861, Lord Bishop Thomas Nettleship Staley arrived in Hawaiʻi by request of Kamehameha IV and Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. The following year Kamehameha IV, a devout member of the Church of England, established the Hawaiian Reformed Catholic Church, also known as the Anglican Church of Hawaiʻi. The school was originally named for Saint Alban.
In 1863, Staley's companion Father Scott purchased land in Lāhaina and established Luaʻehu School, a school for boys. When Father Scott fell ill and returned to Britain, Father George Mason was summoned by Staley to administer the school. When Staley, too, left the islands for Britain in 1870, Father Mason moved the school to the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew in downtown Honolulu.
With the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi and annexation to the United States in 1898, the Anglican Church of Hawaiʻi became part of the Episcopal Church United States (ECUSA). ʻIolani School was moved to Nuʻuanu, transferred back to downtown Honolulu and then moved to Nuʻuanu a second time. It remained in Nuʻuanu from 1927 to 1953, when it was moved to the present Ala Wai site.
In 1979, the school officially became co-educational, ending its all-male enrollment policy.
ʻIolani School grew and refined its program offerings with a standard college preparatory curriculum as a foundation for every student. Religion, performing and visual arts, music and athletics became integral parts of the ʻIolani School education .i.e., in the sixth grade, all students must be involved in a performing art.
The campus is divided into Upper and Lower School. Buildings include Castle Building, Weinberg Building, the I-Wing, the art building, and the Nangaku Building. Other facilities include the Upper Gym and the Lower Gym, the Ranzman Library, the Dillingham Pool, and St. Alban's Chapel. ʻIolani School also has a stadium (Kozuki Stadium), a baseball field, an outdoor basketball court (the One Team Field house), and several tennis courts.
ʻIolani School also owns nearby apartment land and is planning to expand their campus to these areas after the removal of the apartments. The Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership was finished at the end of 2012 for the replacement of the Upper School Library. The Sullivan Center emphasizes sustainability and small plaques bearing information about various sustainable features are posted around the building.
The Harold K.L. Castle Building was dedicated in 1980 to the Castle Family which had previously donated land to 'Iolani School. The Castle Building also contains most classrooms for the 7th and 8th Grade.
ʻIolani School's athletic program was founded in 1932 by Father Kenneth A. Bray. Over 900, or 70%, of the student body participates in one of over 32 competitive sports. ʻIolani School is a member of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu , an athletic conference composed of Honolulu-area private schools.
Since the formation of the Hawaiʻi High School Athletic Association, ʻIolani has won over 75 state championships in various sports. It is the only school in Hawaiʻi to have won five consecutive state championships in Boys Basketball from 2002 to 2006. ʻIolani has the most consecutive state championships in Boys Wrestling, and is the first ILH school to win a Girls Wrestling State Championship in 2005. They also have 6 consecutive D-II football titles, highest in the nation.
ʻIolani School's campus is divided into two sections: Lower School and Upper School.
Upper School is for 7th through 12th grade. The schedule has eight periods, which rotate weekly. Each student normally has one study hall/free period and one elective, although new students who do not take a language normally have a second study hall or elective. Iolani summer school allows students to earn graduation credits; credit courses offered during summer include art, history, science, computers, and language.
Harold Keables was first a teacher in Denver, where he was named the National Teacher of the Year by LIFE magazine; in 1965 he started teaching at ʻIolani School. Each year he is honored by the Keables Chair, which brings "outstanding teachers, writers, and artists to ʻIolani."
ʻIolani students are involved in many extracurricular activities.
Speech and Debate
ʻIolani has an Intermediate Speech Team (grades 7-8) and a Speech and Debate Team (9-12). Both teams have won numerous competitions. Every February, the school hosts the ʻIolani Debate Tournament, one of three State-Qualifying tournaments of the season.
Real World Design Challenge
In 2009, ʻIolani's team "NDC" became the national champions at the U.S. Department of Energy's Real World Design Challenge, out of nine other teams from nine other states. In 2010, an ʻIolani team took first at the state level and second at the national level.
ʻIolani School also has several robotics teams which participate in competitions organized by FIRST. Iolani has a FIRST Robotics team, a FIRST Lego League team, and a Junior FIRST Lego League team. Besides FIRST related teams, ʻIolani also has a Botball team and a Vex team. ʻIolani's team number for VEX and FRC is 2438.
In 2008, ʻIolani's Vex team competed in the VEX World Robotics Competition, held at California State University Northridge.
ʻIolani School typically hosts the East Oahu VEX Robotics Competition.
On December 6, 2008, the Vex team competed in the 2008 VEX Pan Pacific Competition, held at the Hawaii Convention Center. The ʻIolani team (2438a) was part of the winning alliance, and qualified for the 2009 VEX World Robotics Competition, to be held at Dallas, Texas. They won the Community award and the Champion award.
In 2010, ʻIolani's VEX team again qualified for the World Competition by being part of the winning alliance at the Kahala VEX Regional. At the 2010 VEX World Robotics Competition, they won the notable CREATE award for design, as well as placing as division semifinalists.
In the 2011 VRC season, ʻIolani's VEX team again was in the winning alliance at the Pan Pacific Competition.
Two of the FLL teams competed in the Niu Valley qualifier on December 6, 2008; both teams qualified for the Hawaii State Championships to be held in January 2009. The teams took first and second place, and merged to form one team that traveled to Dayton, Ohio for the US Open Championships. They won third place in Quality Robot Design and first place in the Alliance Rounds along with the Landroids and the ZBots. ʻIolani's FLL team is the only FLL team to win twice at the Hawaii FLL State Championships.
Every spring, the Iolani Economics Challenge team led by coach Lance Suzuki competes in the state, regional, and national economics challenge. Iolani has won ten consecutive state championships and has won the national championship in 2005 and 2006 at the A.P. level and in 2007 at the non-A.P. level. In May 2010, the team of Sean Cockey, Andrew Ellison, Jesse Franklin-Murdock, and Mark Grozen-Smith defeated a team from Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas to win another national title. 'Iolani also won the national title in 2013.
- Bern Brostek `85, former professional American football player for the Los Angeles Rams and St. Louis Rams.
- Keoni De Renne, coach in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
- Mike Fetters `83, former Major League Baseball pitcher for the California Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins.
- Duke Hashimoto, former professional soccer player with Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer.
- Kila Ka'aihue, Major League Baseball, first baseman for the Oakland Athletics.
- Charles Kalani, Jr. `49, professional wrestler known as Professor Toru Tanaka.
- Kanoe Kamana'o, WAC All-Star Volleyball Player 
- Morgan Langley `07, professional soccer player with the Harrisburg City Islanders in USL Pro.
- Derrick Low `04, professional basketball player for Maccabi Haifa team of the Israeli Basketball Super League.
- Hongzhe Sun, A NCAA DI swimmer at Stanford, as well as an Olympic Trials Qualifier.
- Ed Ta'amu, Offensive lineman, Arena Football League. Former fourth round (132nd overall) draft selection of the Minnesota Vikings.
- Taylor Takata `00, competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in judo, taking ninth place.
- Hugh Yoshida `58, 16th athletic director of the University of Hawaii, first Japanese-American to head a Division 1-A intercollegiate program in the United States of America.
Authors, editors & journalists
- Jeff Chang `85, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation.
- Kanoa Leahey `95, sportscaster (KHON-TV).
- Marisa Yamane `97, weekend news anchor/reporter (KHON-TV).
- Susan Shan `02, Known as the Asian Sensation, Sports Writer.
- Mike Woitalla `82, American sports journalist and executive editor of Soccer America.
- George Fukunaga `42, Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Servco Pacific, Inc.
- Norman Gentry `74, President of Gentry Homes and Gentry Pacific
- Dwight Kealoha `62, General (ret.), United States Air Force, CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii
- Guy Kawasaki `72, one of the original Apple employees responsible for marketing of the Macintosh in 1984, as well as a CEO and author.
- Edwin Lani Hanchett `37, the first bishop of Hawaiian ancestry in the Episcopalian Church.
- Richard Sui On Chang `59, the fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii.
- Cheryl Hayashi `85, MacArthur Prize winner, Professor of biology at the University of California, Riverside
- Ronald Takaki `57, former Professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley
- Michael G. Vann `85, historian of the French Colonial Empire, former President of the French Colonial Historical Society, two time Fulbright scholar, Associate Professor of History, California State University, Sacramento
- Angela Aki, pop singer-songwriter active in Japan, known in the West for the song "Kiss Me Good-Bye", the theme song for the video game Final Fantasy XII.
- Chris Lee `75, former president of production for TriStar Pictures, executive producer of "Superman Returns".
- Clyde Kusatsu `66, actor.
- Danny Yamashiro `86, radio host of The Good Life Hawaii Show, motivational speaker, author and minister.
- Grace Nikae, concert pianist.
- Kalaʻi Miller, actor.
- Kamuela Kahoano '98, singer/songwriter
- Raeceen Anuenue Woolford, Miss Hawaii 2009; selected Miss Congeniality and finished in the Top 7 in Miss America 2010.
- Shenan Brown, rapper known as Shen in the Japanese group Def Tech.
- Brett Northcutt '91, digital matte artist, works include Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and Transformers.
Faculty & coaches
- Father Kenneth A. Bray, established the "One Team" philosophy touted by Hawaii's teachers, students and coaches; member of Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.
- Eddie Hamada `46 (1928–2010), teacher, athletic director and football coach (1959–91).
- Mervin Lopes `51, coached the Chaminade University Silverswords in the epic upset of the number one ranked University of Virginia Cavaliers (1982–1983) who was led by All-American Ralph Sampson.
- Mufi Hannemann `72, politician and former Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu.
- Ron Menor `73, member Hawaii State House of Representatives (1982) and Senate (1986–1990)
- Maile Shimabukuro `88, Democratic member of the Hawaii State House of Representatives.
- Chris Lee `99, member Hawaii State House of Representatives (2008–present).
- Sun Yat-sen 1886, Chinese revolutionary and the first president of the Republic of China, as well as co-founder of the Kuomintang.
Medical & dental
- Dudley Seto `51, one of the initiators for chronic kidney dialysis in Hawaii (1965–1967)
- Jeffrey Miyazawa `87, Chairman of the State of Hawaii Board of Dental Examiners.
- Prince David Kawānanakoa (attended 1874), patriarch of the House of Kawananakoa, in the line of succession for the Kingdom of Hawaii; a founder of the Democratic Party in Hawaii.
- Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole (attended 1870's), a ten-term congressional delegate.
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