James Campbell High School

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James Campbell High School
91-980 North Road
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706
United States
Type Public, Co-educational
Motto "Integrity & Scholarship...The Way to Wisdom..."
Established 1962
School district Leeward District
Principal Mr. Jon Henry Lee
Faculty 126 (approx.)
Grades 9-12
Number of students 3,016 (2014-'15)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Black and Orange          
Athletics Oahu Interscholastic Association
Mascot Sabers
Rival Waipahu High School
Kapolei High School
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Newspaper Ewa Naupaka
Yearbook Pohaku Makamae
Military United States Navy JROTC
Distinctions International Baccalaureate World School
AVID Demonstration School
Communities served Ewa Villages, Ewa Gentry, Ocean Pointe, Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point

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, 15 miles away from downtown Honolulu. The school serves grades nine through twelve, has an enrollment just over 3000 students, and is part of the Leeward Subdistrict of the Hawaii State Department of Education. It also serves children of Department of Defense employees who 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, hopes to help students in a chosen career pathway, thus benefiting them 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 World School, expecting to award prospective JCHS graduates beginning at Commencement 2010. The school has a variety of programs such as agriculture, marine science, newspaper, yearbook, and television production media.

James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach serves seven rural and two military communities in that area. The school includes 11 major buildings and an athletic complex on 38 acres. It offers comprehensive programs in vocational, technical, academic and special education. The student population is ethnically diverse and includes Filipinos, Caucasians, part-Hawaiians, Japanese, Hispanics, Indo-Chinese, Samoans, and African-Americans. James Campbell High School was accredited in 2011 by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges for a period of six years with a mid-term review.[2]


James Campbell

The school is named after real estate tycoon James Campbell who was at the forefront of Ewa's prosperous progression into a sugarcane plantation community. 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 money due to the dry and unproductive climate of Ewa, but his artesian well changed the landscape into a thriving sugarcane 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 to accommodate the increasing population of the 'Ewa area. James Campbell High School is has the largest population of any school in the state of Hawaiʻi.

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

The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012.


The campus has ten 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 with 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 holds most of the business, health, 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 and 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.

After 50 years James Campbell High school added a new building named "Saber Hall" which serves as the new administration office, as well as additional classrooms, fully equipped with air conditioning.

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.
Saber Hall from the Courtyard

Block schedule[edit]

Since the 2003-04 school year, James Campbell High School has followed block scheduling. This 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 .[3] 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 Placement[edit]

James Campbell High School offers the following Advanced Placement courses:[4]

  • 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
  • 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 this, 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 are academies within the school curriculum which are divided into distinct sections according to workforce divisions (health, media, etc.). There are four SLC groups within James Campbell's school curriculum:[5]

  • ACEIT House[6]
    • 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:[7]

  • 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 Dance & Music
  • Robotics (Sabertron, team 2467)
  • Raising Student Voice and Participation (RSVP)
  • Skills USA [8]
  • 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. They compete in the Oahu Interscholastic Association. These sports include:[9]

  • 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

Complex schools[edit]

These are the schools that are a part of the Campbell School Complex.

Middle/Intermediate Schools[edit]

  • Ewa Makai Middle School
  • Ilima Intermediate School

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Ewa Beach Elementary School
  • Ewa Elementary School
  • Holomua Elementary School
  • Iroquois Point Elementary School
  • Kaimiloa Elementary School
  • Keoneula Elementary School
  • Pohakea Elementary School

Alma mater[edit]

by Alfredo D. Lagaso; Arr. by Jonathan Kea

This song was possibly derived from Gioacchino Rossini's "La gazza ladra" overture.

Listen to the Alma Mater: https://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, a 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[11] and the HHSAA State Football Championships Division II against Iolani School 28-7.
  • This is one of a handful 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. It won 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.
  • 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 topped Punahou for the first state softball championship, in 2010.
  • The 1992 softball team won the OIA championship, defeating Kailua.

Notable alumni[edit]


  • JCHS held its first graduation in 1965.
  • JCHS football field excavated from Waipahu Cemetery contain human remains.[12]
  • 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 its 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
  • JCHS student Calvin Bulan visited Kansas to compete for Skills USA [13]
  • Fundraising feud: Ewa Beach Lions Club[14]
  • JCHS "cinderblock oven" Kids rally for Air Conditioning installation[15]
  • 50th Anniversary Golden Celebration [16]
  • Teachers Rally (Work to the Rule)[17]


  1. ^ IB Schools in Hawaii
  2. ^ http://www.campbellhigh.org/
  3. ^ "Bell Schedules". Retrieved 2/3/13.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "JCHS Advanced Placement Program for 11th and 12th Grade" (PDF). Retrieved 2/3/13.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Small Learning Communities". 
  6. ^ "ACEIT (Automated Cost Estimating Integrated Tools)". 
  7. ^ "Clubs, Councils, and Activities". Retrieved 2/3/13.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "Skills USA". 
  9. ^ "Athletic Departments". Campbell High School. Retrieved 2/3/13.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ "2011-2012 Student Handbook" (PDF). Retrieved 2/3/13.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ Oahu Interscholastic Association: Football
  12. ^ "Football field contains human remains". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Skills USA participant student Calvin Bulan". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Fundraising Feud". Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "AC rally". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "JCHS 50th Anniversary Golden Celebration". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Teachers Rally". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 

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