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Summer 2012

A Remarkable Leader, An Exceptional Person: Dr. Timothy Cottrell Carries on ‘Iolani’s Legacy
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Summer 2012 - Department | Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

Over the past 150 years, the ‘Iolani School community has shared big dreams and great accomplishments.

This year, we celebrate another amazing milestone as we welcome Dr. Timothy R. Cottrell as our next Head of School. This issue’s cover story describes our new leader, details the roots of his strong work ethic and impressive credentials, delves into his philosophy towards leadership, and conveys his vision for educating children in a rapidly changing world.

As our community comes to know Dr. Cottrell and to see him around campus and at school and community events, we will see for ourselves that his vision is in alignment with the mission of ‘Iolani School. That the relationship between this educator and the ‘Iolani School community, indeed, is a match made in heaven.

Yes, the installation of a new Head of School is a weighty matter for not only ‘Iolani School, but also for the future. Alumni think back to the headmaster or principal at the helm when they were students. Naturally, these questions have been asked lately: “How many past heads of school has ‘Iolani had?” or “What number is Dr. Cottrell?”  The question is simple, yet the answer is complex because information from ‘Iolani’s earliest days is either unavailable or unclear.

...the installation of a new Head of School is a weighty matter for not only ‘Iolani School, but also for the future.
The founding of ‘Iolani in 1863 was supported by King Kamehemaha IV and Queen Emma. Our origin is rooted in a several small schools at different locations on O‘ahu and Maui. ‘Iolani College was once located on the grounds of St. Andrew’s Cathedral before opening a campus in Nuuanu in 1927. We relocated the Lower School to the Ala Wai campus in 1946, while seventh through twelfth grade classes remained at the Nuuanu campus. ‘Iolani fully relocated to where we are now in 1953.

It was the foresight and determination of several Heads who brought the early versions of ‘Iolani together. Many of these leaders, educational pioneers of their time, are not common household names but, nonetheless, are part of our proud history and greatly contributed to the foundation of ‘Iolani today.

‘Iolani archivist Rose-Marie Panko and her assistant Lyn Vi Sumimoto researched and compiled the most complete list yet of all of ‘Iolani’s Heads of School. Giving new meaning to being detail oriented, they note, however, that the list was compiled from their sources in the Archives and is not definitive or all-inclusive. Also, some Heads served more than once and are listed twice in different years. As true historians, our ‘Iolani archivists are dedicated to the art of preserving accuracy over time.

The names of ‘Iolani’s past Heads proves how far we have all come. The future is even brighter.

Scott, William Richard1863PrincipalLahainalalo
Mason, George Archdeacon1863-64Headmaster, PrincipalSt. Alban's 1863 Lahainalalo 1864
Ibbotson, Edmund J.1863-65Headmaster, PrincipalSt. Alban's
Hart, G.W.1866, 1868PrincipalLahaina Day School
Turner, Charles William1866-68Principal, MasterSt. Alban's
Warren, Edward1868Principal, MasterLahainalalo
Higgins, H.1870HeadmasterLahainalalo
Mason, George Archdeacon1868-72PrincipalLahainalalo 1868-71 St. Alban's 1869-72 Iolani College on Bates Street 1872
Atkinson, Alatau T.[1871]Master, PrincipalSt. Alban's
Williamson, C.T.[1871]-1887Principal, MasterSt. Alban's
Swan, William Alexander1873-74Principal, HeadmasterBates Street
Turner, Charles William1873PrincipalSt. Alban's
Atkinson, Alatau T.1874-88PrincipalSt. Alban's
Jones, Pierre1874-88PrincipalSt. Alban's
Clark, Abel Rev.1875-80HeadmasterBates Street
Suplee, Thomas D.1879-80HeadmasterBates Street
Baker, Brookes Ono1880-81Vice Principal, HeadmasterBates Street
Willis, Alfred Bishop1880PrincipalBates Street
Whalley, Herbert 1882HeadmasterBates Street
Swan, William Alexander1882-84Headmaster, AssociateBates Street
White, C. Henry1885-86HeadmasterBates Street
Barnes, William Henry1886Headmaster, PrincipalBates Street
Clark, Abel [1887]HeadmasterBates Street
Kitcat, V.H. 1888HeadmasterBates Street
Bush, John1889-94HeadmasterBates Street
Paetow, F.C.1885HeadmasterBates Street
Hughes, John V.1896HeadmasterBates Street
Fenn, R.J.1897-98HeadmasterBates Street
Lane, John 1898HeadmasterBates Street
Fitz, Frank S. 1899HeadmasterBates Street
Blackman, Leopold G.1900HeadmasterBates Street
Fitz, Frank S. 1901-05Headmaster, PrincipalBates Street
Morgan, J.B.1906PrincipalCathedral grounds
Bliss, Witt H. 1907-09Headmaster, PrincipalCathedral grounds
Dodd, I. Neal. 1908HeadmasterCathedral grounds
Hall, Albert L. 1909-10Headmaster, PrincipalCathedral grounds
Saylor, Frank A. 1911-13PrincipalCathedral grounds
Kroll, Leopold 1913-17PrincipalCathedral grounds
Hinkley, Thurston R. 1917-19PrincipalCathedral grounds
Ottman, Donald R. 1920-21PrincipalCathedral grounds
Tracy, Leland H. 1922Acting PrincipalCathedral grounds
Caldwell, Roberta1922Acting PrincipalCathedral grounds
Woods, Maitland 1922PrincipalCathedral grounds
Spencer, Robert S.1923-25PrincipalCathedral grounds
Hinckley, Thurston R. 1926-30PrincipalCathedral grounds/Nuuanu Campus
Collins, James Philmore1931Acting PrincipalNuuanu Campus
Stone, Albert H. 1932-44Headmaster, PrincipalNuuanu Campus
Young, Charles Herbert1938-39Acting HeadmasterNuuanu Campus
Eshelman, John Carl1941-42Acting HeadmasterNuuanu Campus
Buttles, W. William1943-44Acting HeadmasterNuuanu Campus
Lyon-Vaiden, Arthur 1945-46HeadmasterNuuanu Campus
Monell, Ralph P.1947-50HeadmasterNuuanu Campus
Parmiter, Charles A. 1951-54Headmaster, RectorNuuanu Campus/Ala Wai Campus
McDonald, Canon Frederick1955-59Headmaster, RectorAla Wai Campus
MacLean, Burton A. 1960-70HeadmasterAla Wai Campus
Coon, David P. 1971-92HeadmasterAla Wai Campus
Miller, Thomas H.1993-95HeadmasterAla Wai Campus
Iwashita, Val T.1996-2012HeadmasterAla Wai Campus