Iolani school

ʻIolani School
File:Iolani shield.jpg
563 Kamoku Street
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96826
Coordinates 21°17.190′N 157°49.474′W / 21.286500°N 157.824567°W / 21.286500; -157.824567Coordinates: 21°17.190′N 157°49.474′W / 21.286500°N 157.824567°W / 21.286500; -157.824567

Motto One Team, "humble in victory, gracious in defeat"
Denomination Episcopal Church
Patron saint(s) Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma
Founded 1862
Founder Kamehameha IV
CEEB Code 120040
NCES School ID 00326634
Head of school Timothy R. Cottrell, Ph.D.
Teaching staff 162.8 (FTE)
Grades K-12
Gender Co-ed
Number of students 1859
Kindergarten 71
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)
Nickname "Raiders"
Accreditation(s) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Newspaper Imua ʻIolani
Yearbook Ka Moʻolelo O ʻIolani
Distinctions 4th largest independent school in the United States[1]

ʻIolani School, located at 563 Kamoku Street in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, is a private coeducational college preparatory school serving over 1,800 students.[2] 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.


Early years

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. It was there that the widowed Queen Emma gave the school its current name.

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. Iolani School also has a stadium (Kozuki Stadium), a baseball field, an outdoor basketball court (the One Team Field house), and several tennis courts.[3]

They are planning to, and bought the land for an expansion. Currently, The Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership is being constructed.


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.

Lower School is for elementary students, kindergarten through 6th grade.[4]

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

Harold Keables was first a teacher in Denver, where he was named the National Teacher of the Year by LIFE magazine;[5] in 1965 he started teaching at ʻIolani School.[6] Each year he is honored by the Keables Chair, which brings "outstanding teachers, writers, and artists to ʻIolani."[7]

ʻIolani School uses a form of grammar correction introduced by Keables in 1965.[7] Dr. Michael LaGory authored a grammar reference called, "The Keables Guide," that codifies grammar rules in the spirit of Mr. Keables's grammar usage. In papers written by ʻIolani students, teachers typically mark grammatical mistakes using the Keables Guide codes. An example of a code would be C3: not marking commas within a series of objects.[7]

Other activities

ʻIolani students are involved in many extracurricular activities.

Imua ʻIolani

Imua ʻIolani is the school newspaper. It is published quarterly, distributed to all students, and is available online. In 2008, Imua ʻIolani was named the best school newspaper in the state.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10] In 2010, an ʻIolani team took first at the state level and second at the national level.[11]


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.[12]

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.


ʻIolani's FIRST Lego League team won the Hawaiʻi State Championships in 2007.[13] They competed at the World Festival in 2008 as the representative for Hawaiʻi.

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.

Economics Challenge

Every spring, the Iolani Economics Challenge team led by coach Richard Rankin 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.

Notable alumni


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).[20]
  • Marisa Yamane `97, weekend news anchor/reporter (KHON-TV).[21][22]
  • Susan Shan `02, Known as the Asian Sensation, Sports Writer.[23]
  • 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,[24] CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii[25]
  • Guy Kawasaki `72, one of the original Apple employees responsible for marketing of the Macintosh in 1984, as well as a CEO and author.[26]


  • 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.



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).[32]
  • 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.


State government

  • 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).

International government

  • Sun Yat-sen 1886, Chinese revolutionary and the first president of the Republic of China, as well as co-founder of the Kuomintang.[33]

Medical & dental

  • Dudley Seto `51, one of the initiators for chronic kidney dialysis in Hawaii (1965–1967)[34]
  • Jeffrey Miyazawa `87, Chairman of the State of Hawaii Board of Dental Examiners.




  • i High School Athletic Association

External links

  • Iolani Webpage
  • Iolani (Official Student Webpage)
  • Iolani Alumni Community
  • Ohana Webpage)
  • Iolani, the school newspaper

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