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Off Track: Sacred Hearts Academy

July 1, 2018

In Hawaii, what high school you graduated from is often among the questions asked when you first meet someone. Public versus private, old versus new, town versus county, island versus island – some high school rivalries continue well into graduates’ old age.

The Images of Old Hawaii website periodically publishes articles about various high schools around the state. We will post links about these Hawaii high schools on their website periodically.

On July 9, 1859, they opened the Sacred Hearts Convent, a boarding and day school for young women, at the Catholic mission. (Initial enrollment was just five girls, but the population increased greatly by the time of the new school building’s opening.)

Five bays of the original 20 bay building remain on Fort Street. The bays included the relief moldings spelling out “AD 1859” to commemorate the year of the sisters’ arrival and the beginnings of the Catholic Church’s school, not the date of construction (it was built in 1901.)

Between 1906 and 1909, representatives of the Catholic community acquired a five-and-a-half-acre tract of land on the makai side of Waiʻalae Avenue, just off the streetcar line in the growing suburban area of Kaimuki.

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President Theodore Roosevelt High School
President William McKinley High School
Hilo High School
Kamehameha Schools
Iolani School
St. Andrew’s Priory School
Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
St. Louis School
Waialua High School
James B. Castle High School
Mid-Pacific Institute
Punahou School

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