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Leilehua High School

Leilehua High School
1515 California Avenue
Wahiawa, Hawaii, 96786
United States
School type Public
Established 1924
School district Central and North Shore Oahu
Principal Ms. Aloha Coleman
Teaching staff 140[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,840[1]
Color(s) Green and gold         
Mascot Army Mules
Mules (boys/general)
Lady Mules (girls)
Newspaper Leilehua Sentinel

Leilehua High School is a public, co-educational, college preparatory high school in Wahiawa, Hawaii on the island of Oʻahu. It is part of the Hawaii State Department of Education, nationally recognized as a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school was first established in 1924,[2] when Hawaii was still a territory and located close to present day Schofield Barracks. The graduating class of 1928 totaled 15 students, all dependents of military personnel. It relocated to its present 32-acre (130,000 m2) campus in the historic town of Wahiawa in 1949. The layout of the Leilehua facility was designed to represent openness, tranquility, and harmony with the environment. Buildings of an older vintage are blended among an abundance of trees and greenery. The campus boasts sculptures by Satoru Abe, Bumpei Akaji, Claude Horan, Rick Mills, Jacob Sakaguchi, and Ken Shutt.

Approximately 25% of the student body are from military families stationed at Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, and NCTAMS PAC (U.S. Navy) in Whitmore Village.


  • History 1
  • Alma mater 2
  • Student body 3
  • Athletics 4
    • Sports 4.1
    • Athletic Venues 4.2
    • Championships 4.3
    • Leilehua Mules football 4.4
      • Rivalries 4.4.1
      • Coaches and history 4.4.2
  • Notable alumni 5
  • Filmography 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Leilehua High School is named after Metrosideros polymorpha or Lehua flower.

1949: The Schofield High and Grammar School and Leilehua High School were combined and built on its present 32 acre (129,000 m²) site.

1973: Leilehua won its first state basketball championship under coach Richard Townsend. The roster included Rick Wagner, who later played at football at the University of Hawaii.

1984: Leilehua won its first Oahu Prep Bowl under coach Hugh Yoshida. Leilehua defeated Saint Louis 10-0.

1993: Leilehua was selected as a Nationally Recognized School of Excellence.

1996: Leilehua earned a maximum six-year term of accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

2004: Leilehua High School named its stadium after its former football coach Hugh Yoshida.[3]

2007: Leilehua won its first HHSAA Football Championship under coach Nolan Tokuda. Leilehua defeated Saint Louis 20-16.

2007, 2008 Coach Shawn Nakata led the mules to a back to back state titles with the help of Bryce Jenkins (the schools top runner/ individual state champion)

2011, Coach Shawn Nakata made history having the first undefeated team in state history. The team was led by Elliot Estrada (state runner up) Dylan Martinez, Brandon Miya, Christopher Olverson, Joshua Castro and Freshmen brother Jordan Castro who later became the OIA 3000m champion and holder of several state records on the JV level.

Alma mater

Hail to Leilehua
Alma mater dear
Sing a joyful chorus
Sound it far and near
Rally round her banner
We will never fail
Leilehua alma mater
Hail! hail! hail!

Student body

Ethnicity Leilehua HS State Average
Asian/Pacific Islander 60% 73%
Caucasian 24% 19%
African American 8% 2%
Hispanic 7% 5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native <1% <1%
Statistics for the 2008-2009 school year.[4]



Seasons Co-Ed Boys Girls
Fall bowling, cheerleading (J/V), cross country running, air riflery, soft tennis, marching band football (J/V) softball (J), volleyball
Winter basketball (J/V), paddling, soccer (J/V), swimming, wrestling (J/V) baseball (J) tennis (J)
Spring golf, judo, tennis (V), track and field baseball (V), volleyball (V) softball (V), water polo

Athletic Venues

Hugh Yoshida Stadium
Athletic Facilities Sports
Hugh Yoshida Stadium ("The Hugh") football, soccer, track and field, marching band
Ka'ala Elementary School Softball Field* softball
Fred Wright Park (Wahiawa District Park)* baseball, swimming, water polo
Paul T. Kobayashi Gymnasium
& Richard Townsend Court
basketball, volleyball, judo, wrestling, cheerleading
Army JROTC Firing Range air riflery
Leilehua Tennis Complex tennis, soft tennis
* Located off campus


OIA Titles
Sport Championship year(s)
Air riflery (boys) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
Air riflery (girls) 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000
Basketball (girls) 2013
Baseball 1960, 1962
Cross country (boys) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Cross country (girls) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Football 1940, 1974, 1984, 2007
Golf (combined) 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
Golf (boys) 2001
Riflery, .22 (boys)* 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Riflery, .22 (girls)* 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001
Soccer (boys) 1978
Soccer (girls jv) 2012
Soccer (girls varsity) 2011
Soft tennis (boys) 1980, 1981, 1994
Soft tennis (girls) 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1996, 2003, 2004
Swimming and diving (boys) 1984, 1985, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005
Swimming and diving (girls) 1995
Tennis (boys) 1983
Tennis (girls) 1983, 1985
Track & field (girls) 1977, 1978, 1979
Volleyball (boys) 1973, 1974, 1984
* Discontinued in 2001
State Titles
Sport Championship year(s)
Baseball 1962
Basketball 1973
Cross country (boys) 2007, 2008, 2011
Cross country (boys individual) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Football 1984*, 2007
Golf (boys) 1974, 1975
Golf (boys individual) 1975
Golf (girls individual) 2004
Tennis (girls) 1982
Tennis (girls individual) 1982
Tennis (girls double) 1999
Track & field (boys) 1976, 1983
Wrestling (boys) 1995
Wrestling (boys individual) 1996 (3), 1968, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1982, 1984 (2), 1995 (2), 1996, 1998, 2003, 2007
Wrestling (girls individual) 1998, 1999, 2000
* Oahu Prep Bowl Championship

Leilehua Mules football

Leilehua Mules Athletics logo since 2004.

The Leilehua Mules varsity football team is a Division I team representing the OIA Red conference, West Division. Nolan Tokuda has served as the team's head coach since 2004. The Mules have won two Division I titles in 1984 and 2007. The Leilehua football program has produced a number of NFL players such as Adrian Murrell, Al Harris, and Lauvale Sape (see notable alumni).


Coaches and history

Season Head Coach Record Division (West) Conference (OIA) State
1984 Ralph McMurtry -- -- OIA-Red Champ¹ --
74-84 Hugh Yoshida -- West Champ (x2) OIA-Red Champ (x2) Prep Bowl Champ
96º-01 Cass Ishitani -- -- OIA-White Champ --
02º-03º Jake Kawamata 7-10 -- -- --
2004 Nolan Tokuda* 11-3 2nd West 3rd Place OIA-Red State DI Runner-Up
2005 Nolan Tokuda 4-5 3rd West Lost OIA-Red Playoffs --
2006 Nolan Tokuda 7-4 2nd West, Co-Champ Lost OIA-Red Playoffs --
2007 Nolan Tokuda 10-4 5th West OIA-Red Champ State DI Champ
2008 Nolan Tokuda 11-3 West Champ 3rd Place OIA-Red State DI Runner-Up
2009 Nolan Tokuda 9-4 1st West, Co-Champ OIA Red Runner-Up Lost Semi-Final
2010 Nolan Tokuda 8-4 2nd West, Co-Champ 3rd Place OIA-Red Lost Semi-Final
2011 Mark Kurisu (interim) 10-2-1 West Champ 3rd Place OIA-Red Lost Semi-Final
2012 Nolan Tokuda 7-4 2nd West Lost OIA-Red Playoffs --
2013 Nolan Tokuda 6-4 5th West Lost OIA-Red Playoffs
OIA Red titles: 1940, 1974, 1984, 2007
*= coach of the year
º= white division (D II)
¹= first ever OIA-Red Title in league history
-- information not available

Notable alumni


  • LOST - Leilehua High School appeared in the TV hit series LOST as "Cowan Heights."[14]


  1. ^ a b Leilehua High School ‒ General Information
  2. ^ 1928 "The Lei Lehua" year book
  3. ^ "Leilehua honors former coach"
  4. ^ GreatSchools ‒ Leilehua High School
  5. ^ "Leilehua's Mason to Stage Two Q School"
  6. ^ Adrian Murrell
  7. ^ Al Harris
  8. ^ Lauvale Sape
  9. ^ Paul Dombroski
  10. ^ Ray Austin
  11. ^ Antonio Taguba
  12. ^ Marcus Oshiro Hawaii Capitol. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  13. ^ Robert Bunda Hawaii Capitol. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  14. ^ "LOST Rolling Along"

External links

  • Leilehua High School Official Website
  • Leilehua High School Alumni Website
  • (school photo gallery)

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