President Theodore Roosevelt High School
1120 Nehoa Street


Coordinates21°18′37″N 157°50′14″W / 21.3104°N 157.8372°W / 21.3104; -157.8372
TypePublic secondary
School districtHonolulu District
PrincipalSean Wong
Teaching staff78.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,363 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio17.47[1]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Red and Gold    
AthleticsOahu Interscholastic Association
NicknameRough Riders
RivalMcKinley High School
Punahou School
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges
Complex AreaKaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area
Complex Area SchoolsAnuenue School
Kawananakoa Middle School
Lincoln Elementary School
Maemae Elementary School
Manoa Elementary School
Noelani Elementary School
Nuuanu Elementary School
Pauoa Elementary School
Stevenson Middle School
WebsiteSchool website

President Theodore Roosevelt High School is a public, co-educational college preparatory high school in Honolulu, Hawai'i. It is operated by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education and serves grades nine through 12. Roosevelt High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Roosevelt was ranked as the top high school in Hawaii in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report (see State and National Ranking, below).


President Theodore Roosevelt High School

President Theodore Roosevelt High School is one of the oldest public secondary schools in the state of Hawaii. It was one of the first schools in the state to have compulsory Reserve Officer Training Corps education, a standard from 1934 to 1966.

The school avoided destruction when on March 4, 1942, the Imperial Japanese Navy attempted to bomb Pearl Harbor a second time. Weather caused one of the two floatplane bombers to drop its bombs 980 feet from the school, shattering some windows.

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 Hawaiʻi 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 "Hoʻokahi" (To Make as One), by Mark Watson.


In January 2014, a police officer shot a knife-wielding runaway teen who was being detained for trespassing and became disruptive at the school.[3]

Campus and location

Roosevelt High School is located in urban Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. It is situated in Makiki's Kalāwahine Valley adjacent to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific overlooking downtown Honolulu and Ala Moana.


There were 1427 students attending Roosevelt High School in the 2012-2013 school year. As of then, the racial composition was as follows:[2]

Notable alumni

Listed alphabetically by last name (year of graduation):

State and National Ranking

Roosevelt received a "Best High School" ranking in 2019 from U.S. News & World Report with a score of 97.91, making it the top high school in Hawaii and ranking #360 nationally out of 17,245 ranked schools.[4]


  1. ^ a b c President Theodore Roosevelt High School
  2. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for President Theodore Roosevelt High School". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Roosevelt High School In Honolulu Put On Lockdown Following Report Of Shooting (UPDATED)". The Huffington Post. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  4. ^ "President Theodore Roosevelt High School". U.S. News & World Report.