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Saint Louis School

Saint Louis School
Memor et Fidelis
Mindful and Faithful
3142 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816-1579
United States
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1846
Founder Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Oversight Marianists
Grades 612
Gender Boys
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Red and Blue         
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper The Collegian
Yearbook The Crusader

Saint Louis School, located in the neighborhood of Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a historic Roman Catholic college preparatory school for boys. It was founded in 1846 to serve the needs of early Hawaiian Catholics in the former Kingdom of Hawaii. Located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is affiliated with the Society of Mary, a religious order of brothers and priests called the Marianists.

Its most famous graduates are Saint Damien of Molokai and Governor John A. Burns, credited with securing statehood and developing the modern State of Hawaii. Notable alumni include Major General Joseph Caravalho, Jr., Deputy Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General (Support), United States Army Medical Command.[2]


  • History 1
    • Establishment 1.1
    • Development 1.2
  • Academics 2
  • Athletics 3
  • Notable alumni 4
  • External links 5
  • Notes and references 6



Students in the 1890s

Saint Louis School was originally located in the ʻĀhuimanu area of windward Oʻahu as the College of ʻĀhuimanu, founded in 1846 by the Fathers of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. During this time, Saint Damien of Molokai completed his training at the school and was ordained.[3] In 1881, the school was relocated to downtown Honolulu, adjacent to Washington Place, the home of Liliuokalani, who became Queen of Hawaii in 1891. When the school moved to downtown Honolulu, it was called the College of Saint Louis, named after the patron saint of Louis Maigret, Bishop of Honolulu. The emblem for Saint Louis College can be seen above the door of the administration building of Chaminade University on the Chaminade/Saint Louis campus.

Marianists assumed control of the school and determined a need to expand facilities to serve the burgeoning Hawaiian Catholic population, who included many Filipino immigrants. Because of the Marianist core mission to educate regardless of ethnic, religious, or fiscal means, the Order purchased land in Kalaepōhaku, a hillside division of Honolulu's Kaimuki community, to enable the school to better serve Hawaii. Kalaepōhaku opened in September 1928 as Saint Louis School.


In the years following World War II, Saint Louis School re-evaluated its mission. Beginning in 1949, it dropped the lower grade levels one at a time, concentrating on a curriculum as a high school serving grades 9 through 12.

In 1980, it reinstated grades 7 and 8. In 1990, grade 6 was reinstated. The school created a middle school consisting of grades 6 through 8, operating independently within Saint Louis School. Grade 5 was reinstated and added to the middle school. In 2015 Saint Louis School announced its plans to expand again to become a K-12 school for the 2016-17 school year.[4]


Saint Louis School is fully accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association[1] (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It offers three distinct curricula.

  • An accelerated college preparatory program for students planning to attend very selective colleges or universities.
  • A college preparatory program.
  • A general program for students planning to attend trade or business schools, two-year community colleges, or enter the military or work force.


Saint Louis School plays competitively in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) and the Hawai'i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA). Sometimes it fields members in the Pac-5, an alliance of Honolulu-area private academies.

As the state has no professional sports teams, high school teams in Hawaii are extremely popular with the public. Several generations of Hawaiian residents have become avid fans of Saint Louis School athletics, especially its football team. The Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspapers have nicknamed Saint Louis School's team as Hawaii's Team; it has played in invitational tournaments throughout the world.

Saint Louis School also fields teams in bowling, cross country, kayaking, tennis, water polo, and volleyball in the fall. In winter it competes in canoe paddling, basketball, soccer, swimming and diving, riflery, tennis and wrestling. In spring it competes in baseball, golf, judo, tennis and track.

Notable alumni

External links

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu
  • Saint Louis School
  • Society of Mary Province of the United States

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Gavan Daws, Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai, p.34
  4. ^
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