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President William McKinley High School

President William McKinley High School, more commonly referred to as McKinley High School, is a comprehensive public high school in the Honolulu District of the Hawaii State Department of Education. It serves grades nine through twelve. McKinley is one of three schools in the Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area which includes Kaimuki High School and Roosevelt High School. It was founded as Fort Street English Day School in 1865. It was renamed in memorial to William McKinley, the twenty-fifth President of the United States, in 1907. President William McKinley High School is one of the oldest secondary schools in the state and several of its buildings have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The campus displays sculptures by Satoru Abe (1926–) and Bumpei Akaji (1921–2002). McKinley High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through 2013.

President William McKinley High School
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1039 South King Street

Hawaiʻi, 96814

TypePublic high school
MottoIke Makaukau Aloha
School districtHonolulu District
PrincipalRon Okamura
Number of students1,570 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Black and Gold         
AthleticsOahu Interscholastic Association
Team nameTigers
RivalFarrington High School
Kaimuki High School
Roosevelt High School
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges
NewspaperThe Pinion
YearbookBlack and Gold
MilitaryUnited States Army JROTC
DistinctionsNational Register of Historic Places
McKinley High School
President William McKinley High School is located in Hawaii
President William McKinley High School
Location1039 S. King St., Honolulu, Hawaii
Coordinates21°18′17″N 157°51′1″W / 21.30472°N 157.85028°W / 21.30472; -157.85028Coordinates: 21°18′17″N 157°51′1″W / 21.30472°N 157.85028°W / 21.30472; -157.85028
Area8 acres (3.2 ha)
ArchitectLouis E. Davis
Vladimir Ossipoff
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Revival
NRHP reference #80001281[2]
Added to NRHPAugust 11, 1980



Timeline of notable McKinley High School events

  • 1865 - Fort Street English Day School founded by Maurice B. Beckwith in the basement of the old Fort Street Church.
  • 1869 - English Day School moved to the corner of Fort Street and School Street.
  • 1895 - English Day School moved to Princess Ruth's palace and renamed Honolulu High School.
  • 1907 - Honolulu High School moved to the corner of Beretania Street and Victoria Street and renamed President William McKinley High School.
  • 1923 - McKinley High School moved to its present location on South King Street.
  • 1927 - Marion McCarrell Scott Auditorium dedicated.
  • 1931 - McKinley pool completed and named in honor of the late Fred Wright, former mayor of Honolulu.
  • 1959 - Social studies building completed and named after Hawaiʻi Chief Justice Wilfred Tsukiyama.
  • 1961 - Miles E. Carey cafeteria completed.
  • 1962 - Music building completed.
  • 1964 - Gymnasium completed.
  • 2011 - Ground for a new softball stadium is broken.

Student demographicsEdit

School Year 2010-2011

  • Enrollment - 1782
  • Number of Economically Disadvantaged Students - 1026 (57.5%)

Racial composition:


School Year 2001-2002

  • Total number of teachers - 108
  • Number of teachers with 5 or more years at this school - 85 (78.7%)
  • Average years of experience - 18.1
  • Number of teachers with advanced degrees - 32 (29.6%)

School Year 2010-2011

  • Total number of teachers - 98
  • Number of teachers with 5 or more years at this school - 69 (70%)
  • Average years of experience - 17.2
  • Number of teachers with advanced degrees - 42 (43%)

Complex area informationEdit

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

McKinley ComplexEdit

The McKinley Complex consists of 11 elementary, middle, and public charter schools including McKinley.

  • Central Middle School
  • Halau Lokahi Public Charter School
  • Kaahumanu Elementary School
  • Kaiulani Elementary School
  • Kauluwela Elementary School
  • Lanakila Elementary School
  • Likelike Elementary School
  • Lunalilo Elementary School
  • Myron B. Thompson Academy (Public Charter School)
  • Royal Elementary School
  • Voyager Public Charter School

Feeder Middle SchoolsEdit

McKinley High School feeds primarily from 4 middle schools in the Honolulu area.

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

Extracurricular activitiesEdit


In 2011, McKinley fielded 56 teams competing in 19 sports. These sports including air riflery, baseball, basketball, bowling, canoe paddling, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, judo, soccer, softball, soft tennis, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. McKinley competes in the Oahu Interscholastic Association.

McKinley has fielded girls teams in basketball, volleyball, and swimming as early as in the 1910s. Some years even fielded girls baseball team before softball became recognized as its own sport. The yearbooks of those early years noted games often against St. Andrew's Priory, YWCA, Palama, Normal School (later merged with University of Hawaii's College of Education), and even College of Hawaii (now known as University of Hawaii). McKinley was a founding member of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu in 1909 alongside Punahou and Kamehameha. In 1970, McKinley left the ILH with 4 other Honolulu area public schools to join the OIA.

The 1933 football team traveled across the Pacific Ocean and went on to defeat Weber College (now known as Weber State University), BYU freshmen team, and Ricks College (now known as BYU-Idaho).[3] Ricks College traveled to Honolulu the following year. McKinley won again by the score of 24-6 in a game attended by about 19,000 fans.[4]


The McKinley Tigers varsity football team competes in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red-East division. Joseph Cho has served as the team's head coach since 2010.

For the 2010 and 2011 seasons, McKinley's Tiger football team competed in the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Division (Division II) along with 7 other Oahu public schools including rival Kaimuki High School. In 2012, the football team was promoted to the OIA Red-East Division (Division I) where it currently competes with 6 other Oahu public schools. The Tigers' homefield is currently the 3000 seat Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium on the Roosevelt High School campus.

In September 2012, the McKinley football team traveled to Corvallis, Oregon to play the OSAA 4A champions La Salle High School Falcons on the campus of Crescent Valley High School. McKinley won 43-22.

Season recordsEdit
Season Head Coach Record Division Notes
2010 Joseph Cho 4-4-0 / 4-5-0 OIA White Did not qualify for OIA White play-offs.
2011 Joseph Cho 5-3-0 / 6-4-0 OIA White Finished ranked 4th in Division after losing in semi-final play-off versus Pearl City.
2012 Joseph Cho 3-3-0 / 4-5-0 OIA Red-East Finished ranked 4th in Division after losing in wild card play-off versus Campbell.
2013 Joseph Cho 3-3-0 / 5-5-0 OIA Red-East Finished ranked 3rd in Division after losing in quarter final play-off versus Campbell.

McKinley Athletic ComplexEdit

In September 2008, it was announced that McKinley was planning to upgrade its aging athletic facilities. Expected to cost more than $121 million, the upgrade has 14 elements including a 1,200 stall parking lot, construction of a second gym, renovation of the current gym, construction of a girls softball stadium, construction of a baseball stadium, construction of a 50-meter swimming pool, and construction of a 10,000 seat football stadium.[5][6][7]

In 2011, ground was broken on the softball stadium. When completed, the softball stadium will be designated as the OIA softball championship field.


Sport Championship Years
Baseball 1976, 1978
Basketball (girls) 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2008
Bowling (boys) 1994
Bowling (girls) 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1983
Cross Country (boys) 1988, 1989, 2001
Cross Country (girls) 1989
Judo (boys) 1983, 1989, 1993,
Soft Tennis (boys) 2012, 2013
Soft Tennis (girls) 2013
Soccer (boys) 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
Track & Field (boys) 1989
Volleyball (boys) 1976, 2012
Volleyball (girls) 1991, 1994, 1996
Wrestling (boys) 1972, 1996, 1997, 1999
Wrestling (girls) 1998, 1999
Sport Championship Years
Basketball (boys) 2007
Basketball (girls) 2011
Bowling (boys) 1974, 1994
Bowling (girls) 1982, 1983, 1984
Judo (girls) 2007
Soccer (boys) 1978
Wrestling (girls) 1998

Noted alumniEdit

Listed alphabetically by last name (year of graduation or years of birth and death)

Architecture galleryEdit

The architect most involved in the early layout of the King Street campus and design of its Spanish Colonial Revival buildings was Louis E. Davis. The original quadrangle was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[11]


  • Hawaii State Department of Education (n.d.). School Status and Improvement Report (School Year 2001-2002): President William McKinley High School. Retrieved June 16, 2004, from State of Hawaii Department of Education, Accountability Resource Center Hawaii Web site:
  • Sakamoto, Dean, Vladimir Ossipoff, Karla Britton, Kenneth Frampton, Diana Murphy (2008). Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-12146-6, ISBN 978-0-300-12146-9
  • U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (n.d.). Common Core of Data (CCD) 2001-2002 School Year: McKinley High School. Retrieved on June 16, 2004, from


  1. ^ "President William McKinley High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  3. ^ News Center: BYU-Idaho History: The Spirit of Ricks
  4. ^ Celebrating A Century of Ricks Athletics
  5. ^ "Mckinley Softball Stadium Environmental Assessment Under Review". Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Major upgrade plans for McKinley High School". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  7. ^ "McKinley's bold facilities plan has already hit snags". Pacific Business News. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  8. ^ V., Billy (2015-09-09). "Award-winning Kumu Hula Leinaala Kalama Heine dies at 75". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  9. ^ Morse, Marcia, "Inner World, Outer World: The Art of Keichi and Sueko Kimura", Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2001, p. 11
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Sakamoto et al. (2008), p. 47

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