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President Theodore Roosevelt High School

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Type  Public secondary
School district  Honolulu District
Teaching staff  85.00 (FTE)
Phone  +1 808-307-0500
Founded  1932
Established  1932
Principal  Sean Wong
Grades  9–12
Number of students  1,427 (2012–2013)
Address  1120 Nehoa St, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
District  Hawai'i Department of Education
Similar  President William McKinley, Kaimuki High School, Moanalua High School, Governor Wallace Rider Far, Punahou School

President Theodore Roosevelt High School is a public, co-educational college preparatory high school in Honolulu, Hawai'i. It is operated by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education and serves grades nine through twelve. Roosevelt High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.



President Theodore Roosevelt High School is one of the oldest public secondary schools in the state of Hawaii. It was one of the first schools in the state to have compulsory Reserve Officer Training Corps education, a standard from 1934 to 1966.

The school avoided destruction when on March 4, 1942, the Imperial Japanese Navy attempted to bomb Pearl Harbor a second time. Weather caused one of the two floatplane bombers to drop its bombs 300 meters from the school.

Roosevelt High School is most famous for its buildings and landmark domed bell tower constructed in Spanish mission architectural style, currently being restored through grants of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. Its buildings were used as backdrops in several movie and television productions. Adjacent to the historic bell-towered building is the 2001 Hawaiian basalt sculpture 'Hoʻokahi' (To Make as One), by Mark Watson.


In January 2014, a police officer shot a knife wielding runaway teen, who was being detained for trespass and became disruptive at the school.

Campus and location

Roosevelt High School is located in urban Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. It is situated in Makiki's Kalāwahine Valley adjacent to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific overlooking downtown Honolulu and Ala Moana. The campus boasts the Hawaiian basalt sculpture Hoʻokahi (To Make As One) by Mark Watson.


There were 1427 students attending Roosevelt High School in the 2012-2013 school year. As of then, the racial composition was as follows:

  • White: 5.2%
  • Black: 1.0%
  • Hispanic: 2.2%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 84.2%
  • American Indian: 0.4%
  • Multiracial: 7.0%
  • Complex Area Information

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

    Roosevelt Complex

    The Roosevelt Complex consists of 12 elementary, middle, and public charter schools including Roosevelt.

  • Anuenue School
  • Education Lab Public Charter School
  • Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School
  • Kawananakoa Middle School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Maemae Elementary School
  • Manoa Elementary School
  • Noelani Elementary School
  • Nuuanu Elementary School
  • Pauoa Elementary School
  • Stevenson Middle School
  • Feeder Middle Schools

    Roosevelt High School feeds primarily from 3 middle schools in the Honolulu area.

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

    The Roosevelt High School Music Department consists of Band(Concert/Symphonic), Orchestra(Concert/Symphony), Marching band, Jazz Ensemble.

    The orchestra program consists of the Chamber Strings and the Symphony Orchestra.


    List of academies include:

  • Arts and Communication Academy,
  • Engineering and Technology Academy,
  • Liberal Arts Academy,
  • Sports & Fitness Academy
  • Arts and Communication Academy

    Roosevelt's Arts and Communication Academy officially began operations in 2002 and in 2004 graduated its first class. Known for involving language, art, humanities, and history in a humanistic approach, the academy is active with the Hawaii Opera Theater and brings students to cultural centers such as Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid. Recently they are also expanding their school trips to Asia, particularly Japan. This academy is usually in charge of hosting Japanese students on their visits to Hawaii to study how schools here operate.


  • Anime Club
  • Associated Student Body
  • Billiards Club
  • Chess Club
  • Christian Club
  • Civil Engineering
  • Comedy Club (Disbanded)
  • E-Sports Club
  • French Club
  • HOSA Club
  • Interact Club
  • International Culture Club
  • Japanese Club
  • Judo Club
  • Korean Club
  • Key Club
  • Leo Club
  • Math Team
  • Opera Club
  • Pacific & Asian Affairs Council Club
  • Red Cross Club
  • Robotics
  • Science Fair
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spanish Club
  • Speech and Debate
  • Spirit Club
  • Tech Crew
  • Green Club
  • Notable alumni

  • Alfred Apaka, singer, bassist
  • Yvonne Elliman, singer
  • Thomas Gill, Congressman
  • Bruno Mars, Singer, song writer, and producer
  • Chad Owens, Canadian Football League player
  • Clarissa Chun, 2x US Olympian, Wrestler
  • Larry Price, Radio talk show host
  • William S. Richardson, Chief Justice of Hawaii
  • Dietrich Varez, artist, printmaker
  • Mike Lum, Former professional baseball player (Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs) and current hitting coach of the Gulf Coast League Pirates
  • Gervin Miyamoto, United States Marshal for the District of Hawaii
  • John Simerson, American football player
  • Sammy Steamboat, professional wrestler
  • Popular Culture

    Roosevelt High is where Adam Pelko in the fiction novel A Boy at War attends school.


    President Theodore Roosevelt High School Wikipedia

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