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Off Track: St Mary’s – St Joseph’s

August 5, 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.

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On April 1, 1869, a small parish school was established for the purpose of teaching English to the native Hawaiians. Father Pouzot started with 10-boarders, but wrote in January 1870, “I have only three now, for want of means to keep more.”

It grew with “much improved accommodations and new school rooms and dormitories.” Separate buildings houses the boys (in what was named Keola Maria) and the girls at St. Joseph’s.

The schools were separated and moved to different campuses in 1875, the boys to a site on Waianuenue Street and the girls on Kapiolani Street.

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Hawaii National graduates include: Bill Petti – can you name others?

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

Sacred Hearts Academy
Paia/(Old) Maui High School

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