A Brief History of Wahiawa Elementary School

Wahiawa Elementary School was started in September l899 to educate the children of farmers who were brought in from California. Miss Adeline Clark was the first teacher with two boys and eight girls at the salary of $480 a year. This school was located on Lehua Street where the Wahiawa General Hospital is located today. The population of the town grew with the growth of the pineapple industry. The first official school house was built in 1908, but the town outgrew it and by 1924 there was a six-room school building, office, teacher's cottage kitchen, and shop. There were 568 students and l4 teachers. World War II closed the school on Lehua Street. School later reopened at the Hongwanji language school in two shifts due to the limited space. Physical education was held at the Fred Wright Park.
In l948, five acres of land were purchased from Eames Tract and Waialua Agricultural Company for $6l,000. This was added to the eight acres that the city had acquired for a new school on Glen Avenue. Cost of the new school was $500,000. On April 30, l950, the new school held its dedication and open house. The new school consisted of 24 classrooms, a garden teacher's room, three kindergartens, a cafeteria and eating pavilion, a library and administration rooms.

Current Information

Wahiawa Elementary School is part of the Leilehua Complex which includes
Hale Kula Elementary, Helemano Elementary, Iliahi Elementary, Ka'ala Elementary, Solomon Elementary, Wheeler Elementary, Wahiawa Middle, Wheeler Middle, and Leilehua High School.
Wahiawa Elementary School serves students of varied ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and a variety of special needs. In l996-97, for the first time, this school began the addition of a significant military population to our enrollment.
Today, along with 3-5 classes per grade level, we have a preschool class on campus with a teacher and an aide. Our Principal, Mr. Jamie Oshiro is supported by our Vice Principal, Dr. Stacey Miller.
Our Leadership Team, made up of grade level chairpersons, help facilitate decisions regarding curriculum and other programs. The P.T.A. provides both financial assistance and serves as a vital link with the school and the community. Wahiawa Elementary is also a S.C.C. (School Community Council) school where the S.C.C. committee's responsibility is problem-solving and decision-making in all areas pertaining to the school.
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