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McKinley High School JROTC History

The McKinley High School JROTC unit was orgainized in 1921 and is the oldest Hawaiian public school unit. The unit was initially orgainized into a cadet regiment plus a band and drum & bugle corps. In 1922, McKinley JROTC cadets gave a demonstration before Governor Farrington and the Territorial Legislature; the Governor presented the schools regimental colors as part of the ceremony. By 1924, the unit had formed rifle teams and officer clubs, selected sponsers, and regularly conducted ceremonies and parades. JROTC enrollement reached its highest point in 1934 with 2,200 cadets.

JROTC was discontinued in McKinley during World War II and then reactivated in 1945. Many of McKinley cadets are war heros including World War II Medal of Honor Winner the late Daniel Inouye (class of 1942) and Korean War Medal of Honor Winner Leroy Mendonca (class of 1950), Distinguished Service Medal Winner Richard Sakakida (class of 1936)- and many other distinguished and exemplary citizens

In school year 1966-1967, the department of education employment retired military personnel as JROTC intructors at McKinley. This was also the year that JROTC no longer was mandatory for all physically fit males. JROTC enrollment dropped to 250 cadets in the school year 1967-1968 under the decision of the State School Board to make JROTC an elective subject.


I am an Army Junior ROTC Cadet. I will always conduct myself to bring credit to my family, county, school and Corps of Cadets.

I am loyal and patriotic. I am the future of the United States of America.

I do not lie, cheat or steal and will always be accountable for my actions and deeds.

I will always practice good citizenship and patriotism.

I will work hard to improve my mind and strengthen my body.

I will seek the mantle of leadership and stand prepared to uphold the Constitution and the American way of life.


May God grant me the strength to always live by this creed.


“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”

  • Should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.
  • When not in uniform, men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over their heart.
  • Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag,and render the military salute.
  • Members of the Armed Forces not in uniform and veterans may render the military salute in the manner provided for persons in uniform.