President William McKinley High School
The high school was established in 1865 as the Fort Street English Day School. It was founded by Maurice B. Beckwith. In November 1869, it was moved to Princess Ruth’s Palace. In 1895 it was renamed to Honolulu High School. In 1907 it was moved to the corner of Beretania and Victoria Streets and was renamed to President William McKinley High School.
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. The McKinley Complex consists of 11 elementary, middle, and public charter schools. McKinley High School feeds primarily from 4 middle schools in the Honolulu area.
McKinley fields 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.
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). 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
Satoru Abe (1926-) – sculptor
Joseph Kaiponohea ʻAeʻa (1882-1914), hānai son of Queen Liliʻuokalani
Abraham Akaka Minister
George R. Ariyoshi (1944) – Governor of Hawaiʻi (1974–1986); first American of Japanese descent elected governor in the United States
Gladys Kamakakuokalani Brandt
Larry Buenafe (1988) U.S. Marine Corps, Sergeant Major, first Filipino American to served as the Sergeant Major for Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, served in six combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tammy Duckworth (1985) – U.S. Army Major, and Iraq War veteran. Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the eighth district of Illinois. United States Senator from the State of Illinois
Hiram L. Fong (1924) – U.S. senator (1959–1977)
Harry “Fuji” Fujiwara (1949) Former pro wrestler, most popularly known as Mr. Fuji for World Wrestling Entertainment.
Leina’ala Kalama Heine (1958) – kumu hula
Yuna Ito (2001) – J-pop singer; In 2007 released debut album, HEART, which debuted at #1 on the Oricon charts in Japan
Daniel Inouye (1924-2012) – member of U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team (known as the “Go For Broke” regiment) which in World War II rescued a Texas Battalion surrounded by German forces in a battle known as the rescue of “The Lost Battalion”; Medal of Honor recipient; U.S. representative (1959–1962); U.S. senator (1962–2012). President pro tempore of the United States Senate, 4th highest-ranking member of the U.S government.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (1986–1987, freshman and sophomore year only) – Professional, actor
Duke P. Kahanamoku – Olympic gold medalist in swimming (1912 and 1920)
Benny Kalama – Musician, falsetto singer
Keichi Kimura – artist
Wah Kau Kong (ca. 1937) – first Chinese-American fighter pilot in World War II
Ford Konno (1952) – won four medals in swimming at the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games, including 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals, and set an Olympic record in the 1500m free
Arthur Lyman (1932–2002), jazz vibraphonist
Masaji Marumoto (1906-1995), Hawaii Supreme Court judge
Fujio Matsuda (1942), educator
Edith Kawelohea McKinzie (1925–2014), author, genealogist and traditional hula expert
Leroy A. Mendonca (1932-1951) U.S. Army sergeant killed in combat during Korean War, Medal of Honor
Alice Sae Teshima Noda (1894-1964) – entrepreneur
Frederick Pang (1954), U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), 1993–94
Paul Schrier (1985), actor
Alfred Song (1936), California State Assemblyman and State Senator
John Chin Young (1909–1997), artist