I graduated from President William McKinley High School 58 years ago. I did some research and found so many interesting things that I should have previously known I felt compelled to toss in an entire article on this subject. Here is an anecdote that caught my attention:
Frankly, I don't know of any McKinley High School graduate who ever went to Princeton. On the other hand, I don't know of anyone who followed me to Stanford. But I don't closely track these things. That's our senior class album to the right above, and me as a senior below.
- Chinese 25.6%
- Filipino 19.8%
- Native Hawaiian 9.9%
- Japanese 9.3%
- Indo-Chinese 8.6%
- Korean 6.3%
- #1 Dwayne Rock Johnson (was here only for the 10th grade, but his grandfather was popular Hawaiian wrestler Peter Maivia, his father a black Nova Scotian wrestler and mother Samoan)
- #2 Tammy Duckworth (right), today beat the Republican incumbent to become the new U.S. Senator from Illinois today.
- #3 U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, who passed away 4 years ago.
In the early days of McKinley, we were the only public school in Hawaii and Punahou the only private school. Founded as Oahu College in 1841, at the time it was the first school with classes only in English west of the Rocky Mountains. Punahou now has 3,760 students from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Their famous people include:
- #1 Barack Obama
- #2 Kelly Preston (actress--I knew her father)
- #3 Sun Yat-sen (right, founding father of modern China)
- #11 Steve Case
- #13 Michelle Wie
- #19 Hiram Bingham III (first Westerner to see Machu Picchu, and was the model for Indiana Jones)
- #25/#32 Dave Guard and Bob Shane, two of the three Kingston Trio
- #49 Wallace Rider Farrington (former Hawaii governor responsible for Farrington High School, now also known as the Governors)
I should finally add that the final sentence in my first Huffington Post article entitled Well, Barack, We have a Problem... was:
Mind you, he ignored my advice, but I'll try my 10% Simple Solution to World Peace on Hillary Clinton, if she prevails today.
Let me end with a another presidential tangent, this one about the 1896 election that made Republican William McKinley our 25th president. He ran against William Jennings Bryan, who was only 36 that year, and provided one of the greatest political speeches of all time, The Cross of Gold. Hear the speech. For those into these things, as you will see today on CNN this map, here is the 1896 version: