Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani Middle School principal on educating students in a historic space
Central Middle School recently changed its name back to Keʻelikōlani in honor of Princess Ruth, who the campus was first named for. It came on what would have been her 196th birthday.
But while the campus sports a new sign, an old name on the facade won’t come down because the building is a historic structure. There is a new colorful mural gracing a wall on one of the newer buildings in a nod to the aliʻi connection — which school principal Joe Passantino aims to re-establish a sense of pride among students. Believe it or not, the school has changed names about half a dozen times.
This interview aired on The Conversation on March 21, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.