President William McKinley High School, more commonly referred to as McKinley High School, is a comprehensive public high school in the Honolulu District of the Hawaii State Department of Education and serves grades nine through twelve. School colors are black and gold, nicknamed the Tigers.
McKinley is one of three schools in the Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area which includes Kaimuki High School and Roosevelt High School. McKinley High School is one of the oldest secondary schools in Hawai’i and several of its buildings and is listed on both Hawai’i and the National Register of Historic Places.
McKinley High School was officially established in 1865, as the Fort Street English Day School by Maurice B. Beckwith. In November 1869, the English Day School moved from the basement of the old Fort Street Church to a new stone building on the corner of Fort and School Streets. In 1895 the school was renamed Honolulu High School when it moved its campus to the Princess Ruth’s Palace; A direct descendant of King Kamehameha I, Ruth Luka Keanolani Kauanahoahoa Keʻelikōlani was a staunch defender of ancient Hawaiian traditions and customs during the annexation.
In 1907, Honolulu High School moved to the corner of Beretania and Victoria Streets. The school’s name was then changed to President William McKinley High School, after President William McKinley, the twenty-fifth President of the United States. ‘Coincidentally’, McKinley’s influence helped to bring about the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands to the United States. In 1923, the school was moved to its present location on South King Street with land acquired through territorial condemnation.
McKinley High School’s Hall of Honor is filled with a long history of commendation recognizing outstanding graduates who have brought honor to the school through their achievements, accomplishments, and contributions to the community and alma mater.
Joseph Kaiponohea ʻAeʻa – hānai son of Queen Liliʻuokalani
George R. Ariyoshi – Governor of Hawaiʻi (1974–1986)
Shawn Ching – TV news anchor
Satoru Abe – sculptor; artist
Hiram L. Fong – U.S. senator
Harry “Fuji” Fujiwara – Mr Fuji, Wrestler
Leina’ala Kalama Heine – kumu hula
Daniel Inouye – Medal of Honor recipient; U.S. Representative; U.S.Senator
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Wrestler, Actor
Duke P. Kahanamoku – Hawaiian sufer/swimmer, Olympic gold medalist
Benny Kalama – Hawaiian falsetto musician
Arthur Lyman – Jazz & Hawaiian musician
McKinley High School
1039 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 96814