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James Campbell High School, often simply Campbell High School or JCHS, is a public coeducational high school located at 91-980 North Road in Ewa Beachmarker, Hawai imarker, 25 miles away from Downtown Honolulu. The school serves grades nine through twelve, has an enrollment of around 2,550 students, and is part of the Leeward Subdistrict of the Hawaii State Department of Education. It also serves children of Department of Defensemarker employees that live in military housing in Ewa Beach, Ewa and Iroquois Pointmarker. Like Farringtonmarker and Waipahu High Schools, over half of the students are of Philippine descent.

The school's educational program, Smaller Learning Communities (SLC), hopes to specifically help students in a chosen career pathway, thus benefiting students in precise occupational skills for the future. , James Campbell High School became the only Hawaii public high school [Along with private school, Mid-Pacific Institute] so far to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School expecting to award prospective JCHS graduates beginning Commencement 2010. The school has a variety of programs such as agriculture, marine science, newspaper, yearbook, and television production media, most of which are beginning to retain excellence.


James Campbell (1826-1900).
The school is named after real estate tycoon James Campbell who was at the forefront of Ewa's prosperous progression into a sugar cane plantation community. James Campbell immigrated from Ireland to the United States at the age of 13 and worked as a carpenter. After two years, he began work on a whaling ship in the South Pacific which became shipwrecked. Fortunately he survived this disaster and lived in Tahitimarker until he boarded another whaling vessel bound for Mauimarker, Hawai i. He then ventured into real estate, buying a large arid area of land in Ewa, O ahumarker, Hawai i. Many believed his investment to be a waste of profits due to the dry and unproductive climate of Ewa, but his artesian well had changed the landscape into a thriving sugar cane plantation. From this, his legacy continues in the community, as well as in the high school.

James Campbell High School was originally located at what is now Ilima Intermediate. Since its establishment in 1962, the school has grown throughout the years to accommodate the increasing population of the Ewa area. James Campbell High School is currently the second largest school (in terms of population) in the Leeward District of O ahu, Hawai i.

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There are eight academic buildings on the campus. Of the academic buildings, two (D and O) are three stories, two (G and N) are two stories, and the remainder (F, J, K, and R) are one story. There are also 18 portable classrooms (P-1 to P-19, skipping 13), some of which are air conditioned; an administration building, a cafeteria, locker rooms for both genders (as well as a varsity football locker room), and a gym (complete with a basketball and volleyball court).  The school also houses a football field surrounded by a dirt track and a baseball field. The library of the school also serves as the community's public library, and has entrances both on campus and off campus. Most rooms do not have air conditioning. D Building houses the Freshman and Sophomore Academies, as well as the Freshman and Sophomore counselors, Vice-Principals, and the Dean of Students. O Building houses the upperclassmen core classes. F Building is mainly a SPED building. G Building is where most of the Business & Health and the Public Human Services and Natural Resources classes, along with the computer lab, and the Student Association room. J Building has many of the Arts & Communication classes, and most of the SPED classrooms. K Building holds the Band room and the Hawaiian Language/Dance room. N Building is home to the NJROTC program, and some of the Industrial and Engineering classes, along with R Building.  The campus boasts the bronze sculpture Malama Ia Ka ahupahau (Care of Ka ahupahau) by Solomon Fukuda.

O building area.
G building area.
Stage near F building at the courtyard.
D Building and Courtyard from K Building.

Block schedule

Since the 2003-2004 school year, James Campbell High School has followed block scheduling.  The schedule divides the school year into two semesters, each containing two terms.  Each semester is equivalent to one year, as there are four classes in a regular school day, each being about 82 minutes long (except on Wednesdays when classes are 10 minutes shorter.  Before the implementation of the new schedule, a school year consisted of six classes per student, while the new schedule allows students to take eight classes per year.  In spite of the longer class periods, students are given more opportunities to gain credits.
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri school day
Subject Time Duration
Period 1 8:00 - 9:22 82 minutes
Passing 9:22 - 9:27 5 minutes
Period 2 9:27 - 10:49 82 minutes
Lunch 10:49 -11:26 37 minutes
Passing 11:26 - 11:31 5 minutes
Period 3 11:31 - 12:53 82 minutes
Passing 12:53 - 12:58 5 minutes
Period 4 12:58 - 2:20 82 minutes
Wednesday school day
Subject Time Duration
Period 1 8:00 - 9:12 72 minutes
Passing 9:12 - 9:17 5 minutes
Period 2 9:17 - 10:29 72 minutes
Lunch 10:29 - 11:06 30 minutes
Passing 11:06 - 11:11 5 minutes
Period 3 11:11 - 12:23 72 minutes
Passing 12:23 - 12:28 5 minutes
Period 4 12:28 - 1:40 72 minutes

Advanced courses

Advanced Placement

James Campbell High School offers the following Advanced Placement courses:
  • World History, taken sophomore year
  • United States History, taken junior year
  • Psychology, taken senior year
  • Language and Composition, taken junior year
  • Literature and Composition, taken senior year
  • Calculus AB, taken junior or senior year
  • Calculus BC, taken junior or senior year
  • Statistics, taken junior or senior year
  • Chemistry, taken junior or senior year
  • Biology, taken junior or senior year
  • Physics B, taken junior or senior year
  • Art History, taken junior or senior year
  • Studio Art, taken junior or senior year
  • Spanish Language, taken junior or senior year.

Honors courses

Honors courses are offered in the core classes for ninth and tenth grades. After ninth and tenth grades, challenging courses are offered in the form of AP or IB classes.

Smaller Learning Communities

Along with the change in bell schedule, James Campbell High School also has undergone an academic adjustment. The Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) are academies within the school curriculum which are divided into distinct sections according to workforce divisions (i.e. health, media, etc.).There are four SLC groups within James Campbell's school curriculum:
  • Arts and Communication
  • Business and Health
  • Industrial and Engineering Technology
  • Public Human Services and Natural Resources.

Students are placed into an SLC group by preference and his or her classes are then geared towards that specific area of study.  For instance, a student in the Arts and Communication SLC will have social studies classes that will include topics relevant to that SLC.

Clubs and organizations

Along with James Campbell High School's varied curriculum, the school possesses a wide gamut of clubs and organizations that cater to the diverse interests of the student body.  All "official" clubs must be chartered by the Student Association.Here is a complete list of "official" clubs and organizations within the campus:
  • 76 South
  • 96706 Dance Squad
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
  • Achievement, Compassion, Education, Service (ACES)
  • Art Club
  • Automotive Club
  • Band (Pep, Marching, Parade, Symphonic)
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Cultural Club
  • Civic Club
  • Color Guard
  • Drama Club
  • Drumline
  • Distributive Clubs of America (DECA)
  • Ewa Naupaka (Newspaper)
  • EXT 205
  • Family Career Community of America (FCCLA)
  • Future Farmers of America (FFA)
  • Filipino-American Club (Fil-Am)
  • Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Club (GEAR-UP)
  • Graphics Club
  • Hawai i Automotive Service Technology - Skills USA
  • Hiking Club
  • Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
  • Helping Young People Excel (HYPE)
  • International Club
  • iSpeak
  • Japan Club
  • Leadership Experience Opportunity (LEO)
  • Letterman's Club
  • Lifeteen Club
  • Literary Connections Club (LitCon)
  • Literary Journal "Vox Pop"
  • Literary Magazine (annual publication called thINK)
  • Math Club
  • Medical Careers Club
  • Mock Trial
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC)
  • Networking Technologies - Skills USA
  • Otaku Club
  • Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC)
  • Paintball Club
  • Peer Education
  • Photography Club
  • Pohaku Makamae (Yearbook)
  • Polynesian Club
  • Polynesian Dance & Music
  • Robotics
  • Raising Student Voice and Participation (RSVP)
  • Samoan Club
  • Skills USA
  • Step Team
  • String Ensemble
  • Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)
  • Student Association (SA)
  • Television Production (SaberMedia Productions)
  • Universal Fundamentals of Science (UFO)
  • Victory Club (Christian Club)
  • Video Club
  • Vinyl Villains (DJing Club)


Campbell High School also has an array of sports for its students.These activities include:
  • Air Riflery
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Judo
  • Paddling
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Softballs
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Alma Mater

by Alfredo D. Lagaso; Arr. by Jonathan KeaThis song was possibly derived from Gioacchino Rossini's "Die diebische Elster": Ouvertüre.

Fight song: "Sabers Attack, for the Orange & Black!"

Arr. by Scott Sampaio; Composed by Mark Tiburcio


  • In March 2009, Five Saber Media Students, Ahndiana Flores, Jeffry Campanero, Daniel Remigio, Esther De Jesus, and Jonathan Straley won 2nd place in the national STN (Student Television Network) Convention PSA Category, among the nation.
  • In December 2007, the school became an official IB (International Baccalaureate) school, becoming the only public high school in Hawaii with this distinction.
  • In early 2007, the school became an official AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school, become the only public high school in Hawaii so far with this distinction.
  • The James Campbell Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps. (NJROTC) has been awarded the distinguished unit title for eleven consecutive years.
  • In 2003, the school was the first Leeward O ahu school to place first in the Math Bowl competition. Presently, Campbell High School is the only Leeward school to have such a title.
  • The School's current Principal, Dr. Gail Awakuni, was awarded National Principal of the Year 2004-2005.
  • In 2004 the Varsity Football team won the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Championship and the HHSAA State Football Championships Division II against Iolani Schoolmarker 28-7.
  • The High School is one of a handful of schools in the United States selected as a model school. This selection is based on Campbell's academic curriculum and innovative school and community-related programs.
  • James Campbell High Cheerleaders- JV won 3rd Place at OIA's during the year 2007-2008 and their Varsity placed 3rd as well in their division at OIA's during the year 2007-2008. While finishing the year with their Varsity team placing 9th in the State for the year 2007-2008 coached by Scott Sampaio.
  • James Campbell High Colorguard- Won 1st Place twice at Kamehameha Tournament of Bands 2007 and Mililani "Trojan" Bandfest 2007. As well as 2nd Place during at Kamehameha 2006 and Mililani 2006.
  • The JV Football team won the OIA White Championship on Saturday, November 8, 2008 against the Kalaheo Mustangs.
  • The Varsity Football team won the OIA White Championship game 2008 on Friday, November 7, 2008 at the Aloha Stadium against the Radford Rams.
OIA White Championship 2008 Final Score
JCHS Fans at Aloha Stadium


  • James Campbell's original pupils were from Waipahu High School, a nearby high school in the city of Waipahu, Hawai'imarker. Despite this fact, Campbell and Waipahu have been rivals since the school's founding. This has led to a football rivalry between the two schools. Every year, both schools compete in a football game, often called the "The Cane Knife Classics", for the coveted Cane Knife— a trophy fashioned after a blade made for cutting sugar cane. However, because Campbell and Waipahu have been alternating in different OIA Divisions, the game has not been played since 2005 last at Campbell Stadium.

Class Mascots

1977 Tasmanian Devil Purple, Turquoise
1986 The Unique Unicorns Red, Black, White
1993 Warriors Red, Yellow, Green
1994 The Dominating Dragons Red, Black, White
1996 The Conquering Knights Silver, Black
1997 The Almighty Angels Green, White
2000 Powerful Panthers Yellow, Black
2003 The Siberian Tigers Silver, Black
2005 Honus Green, Black
2006 White Panthers Red, White, Black
2007 Dolphins Baby Blue, Silver
2008 Scorpions Gold, Black
2009 Honus Black, Green, Silver
2010 Silver Wolves Silver, Blue
2011 Dragons Red, Gold, Black
2012 Panthers Black, Baby Blue
2013 Pandas Green

Past Valedictorians

Class of 2009 valedictorians (14)

:Christian Putegnat (Brigham Young Universitymarker, Provo, Utah)
:Jennifer Quach (Hawaii Pacific Universitymarker)
:Charlene Balboa (University of Hawaii at Manoamarker)
:Erickson Baniaga (Georgetown Universitymarker, Georgetown, Washington, DC)
:Winnie Mae Barona (University of California, Irvinemarker)
:Myra Buenaluz (Mount St. Mary's College)
:Michelle Cagaoan (Hawaii Pacific Universitymarker)
:Paul Carboni (Carnegie Mellon Universitymarker)
:Ronald James Pablo (Pacific Universitymarker)
:Cheyenne Ritt (Hawaii Pacific Universitymarker)
:Xuchyll Ann Roman (Creighton Universitymarker)
:Marvin Miel Soriano (University of the Pacific marker)
:Katelyn Tamashiro (Linfield Collegemarker)
:Karen Tano (Northern Arizona Universitymarker)
JCHS 2009 Commencement Ceremony
JCHS 2009 Valedictorians

Class of 2008 Valedictorians (5)

:Marifel Barbasa (Columbia University)Ivy League (transferred to University of Hawaii at Manoamarker)
:Jan Takamatsu (University of Hawaii at Manoamarker)
:David Doucette (University of Hawaii at Manoamarker)
:Jessica Ullegue (University of Portlandmarker) (transferred to University of Hawaii at Manoamarker)
:Ellise Carlos (Seattle Universitymarker)
JCHS 2008 Commencement Ceremony
JCHS 2008 Valedictorians
'08 Valedictorians Leading the Way

Class of 2007 Valedictorians (4)

:Blair Tiburcio (University of Washingtonmarker) transferred to (University of Nevada Las Vegasmarker)
:Jester Galiza (Dartmouth Collegemarker)Ivy League
:Matthew Masifilo (Stanford Universitymarker)
:Cameron "Skyler" Lind (University of Washingtonmarker)
JCHS 2007 Valedictorians
'07 Valedictorians Leading the Way

Class of 2004 Valedictorian (1?)

:Eduardo V. Duquez(Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington)
::(John A. Burns School of Medicine) beginning Fall 2009


  • James Campbell's alma mater is the second longest in all of Hawai i's high schools.
  • Its library also serves as the community library, under the Hawai i State Library System.
  • Former student, Braxton Olita, was a member of Ashlee Simpson's band. He also dated her.


  1. IB Schools in Hawaii
  4. "Ashlee Simpson Saving Herself For Braxton Olita."

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