“These halls, this learning environment, launched the academic careers of tens of thousands of Punahou students.” The Mary Persis Winne Elementary Units, built between 1950 and 1955, were designed by the renowned architect Vladimir Ossipoff. Born in 1876 in Carson City, Nevada, Winne was the granddaughter of Reverend Asa and Lucy Thurston.
Winne came to Punahou as a second grade teacher in 1898, and rose to become the principal of the then newly formed Punahou Elementary School in 1918. By the time she retired in 1941 she had served generations of Punahou students for 42 years. Punahou is replacing the Winne Units with new facilities for grades 2-5.