Principal delivers State of School address to media

For 149 years, Mckinley High School has been providing education for Hawaii’s youth. Many changes have occurred over that long period of time. One recent change is a seven-period schedule.

In Principal Ron Okamura’s State of the School address to The Pinion, it was one of the first topics he covered. He hopes the seven-period schedule will give students extra opportunity to further their learning.

Twelve new teachers have joined the MHS ohana. Eight are transferring in, while the remaining four are fresh from college. Okumura hopes that these teachers feel at home and their time here will be memorable.

This year, MHS enrollment is on the smaller side compared to previous years, especially in the freshman class. Okumura wants more students to attend MHS not just so we can educate them, but to also make the school look better as a whole.

Okamura is concerned about the graduation rate.“For me it’s a little disappointing,” he. He said he wants to keep students coming to school past freshman year.

I really enjoy what I do here. ”

— Principal Ron Okumura

Finally, Okumura said he wants to make sure that students who graduate from Mckinley High School are prepared, whether they go off to college or enter the workforce.

In the end, the school year is going smoothly and with next year being the 150th anniversary of Mckinley being a public high school, who knows what will be in store?