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'Iolani School Archives: School History

The ‘Iolani School Archives collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to historical records of ‘Iolani School.

 

The ‘Iolani School Archives collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to historical records of ‘Iolani School.

Monarchy Patrons

King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma
Images: Hawaii State Archives, call # PP-97-8-011 and PP-96-4-009

In 1862, following a request from King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma to the Church of England, the first Anglican bishop and priests arrived to establish the Diocese of Honolulu.

The Beginning

Coeducation Dates

'Iolani was founded as an all boys school. The implementation to coeducation was gradual.

  • Coeducation began in Fall 1979 (school year 1979/80).
  • Grade 7 (class of 1985) is the youngest coeducational grade at onset in SY 1979/80.
  • 1982- two girls appear in the class graduation photograph.
  • 1983- First large group of girls appearing in class graduation photograph.
  • Fall 1985 (SY 1985/86) girls began entering kindergarten.
  • First Daughters of ‘Iolani = class of 1998

Ka Moolelo O Iolani, 1945

Bishop Staley

Thomas Nettleship Staley

Bishop Staley was the first Anglican bishop of Hawai'i.

In 1863, Bishop Staley, Rev. George Mason, and Rev. Edmund Ibbotson, with the patronage of the King and Queen, established what would become 'Iolani School.

Historical Summaries & School Songs

Evolution Of A Name

Many changes have taken place in the long history of the school; including name changes:

  • St. Alban's College
  • Lahainalalo or Luaehu College (in Lahaina)
  • Iolani College (also known as Bishop's College School)
  • 'Iolani School

School Locations

Since its small beginnings, the needs of 'Iolani School have grown and changed.
Campus location has changed several times to meet those needs.

  • Parsonage House, Kukui Street, Honolulu, O'ahu: 1863 briefly
  • Ka'ala, Pauoa Valley, O'ahu: 1863 - 1888
  • Lahaina, Maui: End of 1863 or 1864 - 1868
  • Bates Street, Nu'uanu Valley, O'ahu: 1873 - 1901
  • St. Andrew's Cathedral Grounds, Honolulu, O'ahu: 1901 - 1927
  • Judd Street and Nu'uanu Avenue, O'ahu: 1927 - June 1953
  • Kamoku Street (Ala Wai Campus), Honolulu, O'ahu: Nov. 1946 - present

Print Histories Relating to the School

Villers, Ernest Gilbert. A History of Iolani School. Honolulu: 1940.
Available at ‘Iolani and University of Hawai‘i libraries; not available at public libraries.
 
Villers, Ernest Gilbert. A History of Iolani School, Section II, March 1940 to June 1959. Honolulu: 1959.
Available at ‘Iolani and University of Hawai‘i libraries; not available at public libraries.
 
Lum, Arlene, ed. At Thy Call We Gather: Iolani School. Honolulu: Iolani School, 1997.
Available at ‘Iolani, University of Hawai‘i, and public libraries.
Errata for At Thy Call We Gather:
Page 28, col. 2, line 18   ...Sun Yat-Sen was known as Sun Tai Cheong when he 
      attended Iolani (1879-1882).
Page 45, photo 19   The Stones were leaving Hawaii for a year-long sabbatical, 1938.
Page 59, photo 51   Photo is of William Buttles.
Page 281, photo 1   Claire and Jackie Mosteller
Page 296                 Next to last line should read “...Mike Yuen; Arlene Lum ....”   
                  
Johnson, Don and Ronald Oba. The Ol’ Man: Father Kenneth A. Bray. Honolulu: Iolani Raiders Booster Club, 1994.
Available at ‘Iolani and public libraries; not available at the University of Hawai‘i library.

Heads of School

This list, compiled from our sources in the Archives, is not definitive or all-inclusive; much of the early information is unavailable or unclear. Titles were used inconsistently and sometimes interchangeably. Years indicate the end of the school year; for example, "1950" denotes the 1949-50 school year. 

                                     

                  Rev. George Mason           Rev. Albert Stone

 

Head

Dates

Mason, George 

1863-64, 1868-72

Scott, William Richard

1863

Ibbotson, Edmund J.

1863-65

Hart, G.W.

1866, 1868

Turner, Charles William

1866-68, 1873

Warren, Edward

1968

Higgins, H.

1870

Atkinson, Alatau T.

ca. 1871, 1874-88

Williamson, C.T.

ca. 1871-1887

Swan, William Alexander

1873-74, 1882-84

Jones, Pierre

1874-88

Clark, Abel

1875-80, ca. 1887

Suplee, Thomas D.

1879-80

Baker, Brookes Ono

1880-81

Willis, Bishop Alfred  

1880

Whalley, Herbert

1882

White, C. Henry

1885-86

Barnes, William Henry

1886

Kitcat, V.H. 

1888

Bush, John

1889-94

Paetow, F.C.

1885

Hughes, John V.

1896

Fenn, R.J.

1897-98

Lane, John

1898

Fitz, Frank S.

1899, 1901-05

Blackman, Leopold G.

1900

Morgan, J.B.

1906

Bliss, Witt H. 

1907-09

Dodd, I. Neal

1908

Hall, Albert L. 

1909-10

Saylor, Frank A. 

1911-13

Kroll, Leopold 

1913-17

Hinkley, Thurston R. 

1917-19

Ottman, Donald R. 

1920-21

Tracy, Leland H. 

1922

Caldwell, Roberta

1922

Woods, Maitland 

1922

Spencer, Robert S.

1923-25

Hinckley, Thurston R. 

1926-30

Collins, James Philmore

1931

Stone, Albert H. 

1932-44

Young, Charles Herbert

1938-39

Eshelman, John Carl

1941-42

Buttles, W. William

1943-44

Lyon-Vaiden, Arthur 

1945-46

Monell, Ralph P.

1947-50

Parmiter, Charles A. 

1951-54

McDonald, Frederick

1955-59

MacLean, Burton A.

1960-70

Coon, David P.

1971-92

Miller, Thomas H.

1993-95

Iwashita, Val T.

1996-2012

Cottrell, Timothy R.

2013-

 

A more detailed list can be found at:

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