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Henry J. Kaiser High School (Hawaii)

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Type  Public, Co-educational
Founder  Henry J. Kaiser
Principal  Mr. Justin Mew
Mascot  Cougars
Established  1971
NCES School ID  150003000228
Phone  +1 808-394-1200
Founded  1971
Henry J. Kaiser High School (Hawaii)
School district  Hawaii Department Of Education
Address  511 Lunalilo Home Rd, Honolulu, HI 96825, USA
District  Hawai'i Department of Education

Henry J. Kaiser High School is a WASC-accredited, four-year public high school located in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi in the Honolulu community of Hawaiʻi Kai.


Basic information

Named after industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (who founded the Honolulu community of Hawaiʻi Kai), the school opened its doors in 1971, four years after Kaiser's death. Although enrollment has fluctuated throughout the years along with changing community demographics, the school currently serves approximately 1,100 students in grades 9–12. The school's mascot is the Cougar and the school colors are blue and gold.

Kaiser High School's mission statement, as laid out on their official website, is: "to ensure that all members have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential, to encourage students to be responsible learners, who are caring and contributing members of society, to provide a safe and supportive learning environment, to provide a balanced and varied curriculum that challenges students to strive for excellence."

The Kaiser complex, to which Kaiser High belongs, also includes ʻĀina Haina Elementary, Hahaʻione Elementary, Kamiloiki Elementary, Koko Head Elementary, and Niu Valley Middle School.

Current grade level counselors: Class of 2016 - Mr. J. Hutcherson, Class of 2017 - Mr. B. Kawazoe, Class of 2018 - Ms. D. Ko , Class of 2019 - Ms. S. Takashima and College & Career Coordinator - Ms. S. Nii.

With a graduation rate of 88.0% in 2013, the majority of students successfully complete high school; however, a noticeable percentage of the student body failed to do so. Compared to the Hawaii Department Of Education district, Henry J Kaiser High School has achieved a higher graduation rate by about 6%. Moreover, relative to the Hawaii average graduation rate, this school is ahead by 6%.

453 students, or 38.6% of the student population at Henry J. Kaiser High School identify as Asian, making up the majority of the student body. The demographic breakdown of Henry J. Kaiser High School is very similar to that of a typical school in the state of Hawaii, which is made up of 34.2% Asian students on average. There is roughly an equal percentage of males and females at Henry J Kaiser High School with 48% males and 51% females forming the student body (These informations is updated in 2014).


Kaiser is situated in Hawaiʻi Kai, a small upper-middle class suburban community in East Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu. The open-air campus, built on a series of hills, boasts six multi-story classroom buildings. Additional buildings include a number of trailers, an office, library, cafeteria, gymnasium, track, football/soccer field, baseball/softball field, tennis courts, and swimming pool. The driveway leading up to the school is lined with large palm trees, a distinctive feature of the campus. Koko Crater, a dormant volcano, rises up near its east side and is featured on its seal.


The school's curriculum emphasizes college preparation and incorporates the Hawaiʻi Content and Performance Standards as well as national content standards.

Notable aspects of the school include: a School Community Council; comprehensive athletic and non-athletic co-curricular activities, the latter particularly focusing on community service; student government and leadership classes; an athletic complex, serving both the local community and the state; a Communications Arts & Technology learning center; Project Hoʻolokahi, a program working in conjunction with the Polynesian Voyaging Society; Air Force JROTC; AP and Honors courses; a music program, the well-traveled Kaiser Cougars Band (consisting of both marching and symphonic band) and Orchestra ; a comprehensive four-year Guidance Program (KAP); and a stringent code-of-conduct and attendance policy.

They were most recently approved as an International Baccalaureate World School (2011). This approval supports the International Baccalaureate Middle-Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. The Middle-Years Programme is a 5-year program (grades 6-10) continued from Niu Valley Middle School. Students finish a personal project upon completion of the Middle-Years Programme. The Diploma Programme is a 2-year program (grades 11-12) where students perform numerous projects, including the Extended Essay, and attend 7 IBDP 2-year long classes. This school only offers IBDP classes to students intending to obtain the full diploma, students may not take a mixture of regular classes and IBDP classes (other than the one elective offered to all IBDP students at this school). Brad Bogard is the IBDP Coordinator for this school.

This school is manage the AVID program as an elective course for the student who has a GPA between 2.0 and 3.5. The 8th to 12th grader can take an AVID class, and it is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading. If the student wants to join the AVID curriculum, she/he should complete three forms that the school provided and send the forms to the coordinator. Maryam Ayati is the AVID program Coordinator of this school.

About Current Principal

Justin S. N. Mew attended on The University of Hawaii At Manoa, and he get Master’s degree from the school. He specialties are K-12 School Administration and State Science Education Professional Secondary Science Teacher. Mr. Mew is a member of the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board Governor Appointed, Senate Confirmed, 2011-2017, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Council of State Science Supervisors (Affiliate) and Board of MGRS, Nuuanu YMCA. He has been awarded the Hawaii Middle School Principal of the Year in 2011; MetLife/NASSP and has been a Semi-Finalist for Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award in 2012. He received the Outstanding Library Service Award School Administrators Honoree.

The Performances of the students

The students showed the average score 3.1 in reading and the average score 2.6 in mathematics. The percentage of proficient disadvantaged students are 57.8 of total disadvantaged students. The gap between disadvantaged and Non-disadvantaged students is -13.6.

The students' Advanced Placement (AP) participation rate is 34% of total number of the students, and the participant passing rate is 44%. The exam pass rate is 37%, and quality adjusted participation rate is 15%. The students' International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) participation rate is 19%, exam pass rate is 52%, and IB Diploma rate is 35%.

(Data based on the 2013-14 school year)

Notable alumni

  • Sid Fernandez, left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1983–1997. Sometimes known as "El Sid", he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros. His best years were with the Mets from 1984–1993 and he was an integral part of the 1986 World Series championship team.
  • Rich Miano, two-time all-Western Athletic Conference pick during his college career at the University of Hawaiʻi, Miano was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Jets in 1985 and enjoyed an 11-year career in the National Football League. Miano has coached eighth seasons as an assistant coach on the UH Warrior football staff, Miano has coached seven all-WAC selections in six seasons at UH.
  • Chad Rowan, better known as Akebono, became the first non-Japanese wrestler ever to reach yokozuna, the highest rank in Sumo, on January 27, 1993.
  • Clay Stanley, former indoor volleyball player at the University of Hawaiʻi, Olympic gold medalist (2008)
  • Megan Ward, actress best known for her numerous credits in science fiction and horror movies and television series such as Party of Five, Summerland, Boomtown and Dark Skies.
  • Darin Brooks, television actor best known for his roles as Max Brady on Days of Our Lives, and as Alex Moran on Blue Mountain State
  • References

    Henry J. Kaiser High School (Hawaii) Wikipedia

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