The former Riverside Elementary School sits on a sloping lot along the Wailuku River in Hilo. It was the site of the first Hilo High School and remains adjacent to the current Hilo High. The contributing school buildings consist of the main building which is shaped like an “E” with an arcaded porch and a small building of two classrooms connected by a covered walkway. Both buildings are constructed with wood and corrugated metal roofs as was typical of the schools in Hilo. The former Riverside Elementary, is significant as the former English Standard School of Hilo and as an intact example of the school building type designed by Frank F. Arakawa. The English Standard Schools were part of the Americanization process of Hawaii where admission was based on ability to speak and use the English language.
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