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3 Hawaii public schools named blue ribbon award winners

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:28 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2011

Three Oahu schools have been named 2011 National Blue Ribbon award winners for meeting high academic standards or showing great progress in boosting test scores and closing the achievement gap.

The three schools — King Liholiho Elementary, Koko Head Elementary and Waialua Elementary — are among 300 public and private schools nationwide that earned the honor this year.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools program began in 1982 to highlight schools around the nation making big gains.

“I commend the students, faculty and staff at King Liholiho, Koko Head and Waialua elementary schools for their perseverance and dedication to excellence,” said U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. “To the students, I am very proud of your hard work and your willingness to listen to the lesson from your teachers.”

“America’s longterm economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education,” said. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow.”

Since 1982, more than 6,500 schools have received the award. The schools will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.


For a full list of winners, visit

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