School Details

President William McKinley High School

1039 South King St, Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 594-0400

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1790 students 17 students/teacher (HI avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade


Hawaii State Assessment (HSA)

In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hawaii Department Of Education average
  • Hawaii state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

President William McKinley High School is a public high school in Honolulu. 1,790 students attend President William McKinley High School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Multiracial. 62% of the 1,790 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at President William McKinley High School is 17:1. Hawaiian Mission Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 65% 34%
Asian 65% %
Multiracial 5% 8%
Hispanic 4% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 14%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 21% 34%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 49%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    The school is beautiful and stunning. I had two girls who went to this school one who graduated a couple of years ago and one who is close to graduating and from my experiences with my daughters they love the school the students the atmosphere. The only downfall is that McKinley does have under-qualified teachers however I believe the school makes up for it in their strong robotics band and AP programs. Your child can really benefit from this school if they keep themselves well-rounded. I also approve of how strict the school is in maintaining their presence in public. McKinley rarely if ever gets into trouble for alcohol violence or drugs at public outings such as proms and sporting events.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school does not prepare it's students for college. Most of the teachers in the core subjects have no knowledge of their course. As a student I feel that if the teachers who are no quality teachers are fired than McKinley would have only one or two teachers left to teach.

  • (5 years ago)

    McKinley is a good school. I've been attending this school for about 4 years now and it's a great school. There are things that make this school different but the education is good. We all learn it's just if you fail it's not the teachers fault it's your own. The staff here are great and there like your own family! c/o 2010

  • (5 years ago)

    It's an okay school to go to. The faculty is also very helpfull. School could use better maintainance in the restrooms. Other than that education is good with many ap honors classes and so forth. Once a Tiger always a Tiger!

  • (6 years ago)

    Teachers care for you about the next steps in life. Teachers don't fail their students they fail themselves.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a clean and beautiful school. Restroom plumbing need to be updated. ROTC program available. Centrally located.

  • (10 years ago)

    McKinley is a fairly good public school in academic terms especially in the math department and their Speech & Debate team is exceptionally strong. Their science department is poor however and athletics are alright. As for extracurricular activities there aren't much available as the clubs aren't very active and typical high school milestones such as proms are heavily regulated and not very fun at all. McKinley does have a pretty good Honors/AP program particularly in Social Studies/History and English. The guidance and career counselors are fantastic and very helpful. The morning bulletin is very informative and sure to remind students of deadlines or other interesting information. Go Tigers!

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(based on 13 ratings & reviews)

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