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President Theodore Roosevelt High School

For other schools of a similar name, see Roosevelt High School.

President Theodore Roosevelt High School
Address 1120 Nehoa Street
Town Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Established 1932
Community Urban
Type Pubic Secondary
Grades 9 to 12
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
District Hawaii State Department of Education
Colors Red & Gold
Website School Website
Email School Administration

President Theodore Roosevelt High School is a public, co-educational college preparatory high school of the Hawaii State Department of Education and serves grades nine through twelve. Roosevelt High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


President Theodore Roosevelt High School is one of the oldest public secondary schools in the state of Hawaii. Of historical note, Roosevelt High School was forcibly shut down from December 1, 1941 to February 2, 1942. In addition, it was one of the first schools in the state to have compulsory Reserve Officer Training Corps education, a standard from 1934 to 1966. Roosevelt High School is most famous for its buildings and landmark domed bell tower constructed in Spanish mission architectural style, currently being restored through grants of the Hawaii State Legislature. Its buildings were used as backdrops in several movie and television productions. Adjacent to the historic bell-towered building is the 2001 Hawaiian basalt sculpture 'Hookahi' (To Make as One), by Mark Watson.

Alma Mater



N.B. Elders, Lyrics
W. Merrick, Music

Campus and location

Roosevelt High School is located in urban Honolulu, Hawaii. It is situated in Makiki's Kalāwahine Valley adjacent to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific overlooking downtown Honolulu. The campus boasts the Hawaiian basalt sculpture Hookahi (To Make As One) by Mark Watson.

Student diversity

Students at Roosevelt High School usually come from elementary and intermediate schools in Honolulu, such as:




The Roosevelt High School Music Department consists of Band(Concert/Symphonic), Orchestra(Concert/Symphony), Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble.

Roosevelt's music department is known for its active and highly recognized Marching Band, which in recent years have participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and cultural exchanges to Japan, participating in the annual Midosuji Parade. The band will be traveling to London to participate in London New Years Day Parade in 2008. Participating in Class AA competition, the Roosevelt High School "Rough Rider" Marching Band is highly decorated for its achievements in the Moanalua High School Menehune Classic Band Festival, the Kamehameha Tournament of Bands,amo the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) Marching Band Festival, the University of Hawaii Marching Band Rainbow Invitational, and the Mililani High School "Trojan" Bandfest. The Concert and Symphonic Bands have consistently received "Superior" ratings at local and national music festivals. The symphonic and concert bands have had equal success having received "Superior" ratings at local, national, and international festivals over the years.

The orchestra program is made up of the string orchestra and the symphony orchestra. Both groups have received "Superior/Excellent" rating at the HASTA Parade of Orchestras over the past several years.

Smaller Learning Communities


List of academies include:

  • Arts and Communication Academy,
  • Engineering and Technology Academy,
  • Global Renaissance,
  • Health Academy Brochure,
  • Ka’imi Na’auao Academy,
  • Sports & Fitness Academy(not available at this time, 2006.

Roosevelt's Arts and Communication Academy, officially began operations in 2002 and in 2004 graduated its first class. Known for involving language, art, humanities, and history in a humanistic approach, the Academy, run by award winning teachers, Morris Umeno, Leinaala Freitas, Karen Matsunaga, and Carol Takaki, is active with the Hawaii Opera Theater and bring students to cultural centers such as Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid.


Roosevelt's Speech and Debate Organization is highly recognized for producing some of the best Lincoln-Douglas Debaters in the State. In 2005, Roosevelt's debaters took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the State Debate Tournament in the Lincoln-Douglas category.

Finally, Roosevelt's Student Government is considered one of the most active in the state. Students from Roosevelt have consistently participated in the Hawaii State Secondary Student Conference, the Hawaii State Student Council, and the Honolulu District Student Council. Over the years, Roosevelt students have continuously been known to either chair the Hawaii State Secondary Student Conference, the Hawaii State Student Council, or run the Conference and Councils legislative operations.

Post High School

Academically, Roosevelt is known for its high ranking in regards to student achievement rates and sending its students to prestigious universities such as: (not in any specific order)


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