‘Iolani School -- Celebrating our sesquicentennial!
Birthdays are a time for celebration and reflection. On Jan. 12, ‘Iolani School began its 150th year and is honoring its rich history with a yearlong celebration, "Inspired by Our Legacy, Committed to Our Future."
The cornerstone of the sesquicentennial is the construction of the Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership. A four-story, 40,000-square-foot facility in the center of campus, the SCIL, will be completed in the fall of 2013. Its mission is to inspire and support student discovery, innovation and leadership.
Sesquicentennial activities include a speaker series, exhibits and class projects on campus, a gala event in the fall of 2013, and dozens of community service projects by students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends.
We also have commemorative ‘Iolani 150th Anniversary Celebration apparel designed by Reyn Spooner. The aloha shirt, along with other attire and bags, is available for purchase in the ‘Iolani Bookstore or online by clicking HERE.
In addition, we are collecting memories. Please feel free to share your favorite recollection from your ‘Iolani experience or tell us, in your own words, what you feel makes ‘Iolani special. Click HERE to do so.
There are many more events being planned. So please stay connected, get involved and give yourself a hand. ‘Iolani’s celebration is a credit to all of you who contribute and support the school in so many ways!
Anniversary Celebration Highlights
DID YOU KNOW?
NU‘UANU CAMPUS GATE:
The current Lower School autoline gate is the same wrought-iron gate that used to welcome students to ‘Iolani School's old Nu‘uanu campus (1928-53) at the corner of Nu‘uanu Avenue and Judd Street. In between its service on two ‘Iolani campuses, alumnus Grant Harrington '41 discovered the gate in use at a private home on Portlock Road. He convinced the owner to relinquish it and the gate was re-dedicated at its current La‘au Place location in 1991.
150 YEARS AGO:
Jan. 12, 1863, is considered the day the first school that can be linked to present-day ‘Iolani began classes, according to "A History of ‘Iolani School" by Ernest G. Villers. Situated at the corner of Nu‘uanu Avenue and Kukui Street, St. Alban’s College (pictured above) opened on that day. Its first term ran until March 28, 1863. Courses offered were Latin, Greek, Euclid, algebra and "the usual branches of an English education." All classes were taught in English "in order that there should be opened to (students) great stores of culture, and scientific knowledge, which will help free them from these horrible superstitions," Thomas Nettleship Staley was to recall. Prior to the arrival of Staley, a Cambridge educated teacher who was consecrated bishop of Honolulu in 1862, the schools for Hawaiians were conducted in the native language.
Five Years' Church Work in the Kingdom of Hawaii, By Thomas Nettleship Staley (pictured below)
Two sermons by Staley: "The Waiting Isles" (Wesminster Abbey, July 23, 1862) and "Inaugural Sermon" (Temporary Cathedral of Honolulu, October 18, 1862)