UPDATED 7/10/14 1 p.m.

Kahuku High and Intermediate is raising the bar for its student athletes.

Now, the students need to have at least a 2.3 GPA — a C average — and no Fs to participate in school sports teams. The minimum GPA until now was a 2.0, consistent with state policy.

The school requested a waiver from the 26-year-old Board of Education policy earlier this year. In fact, it was former Kahuku Principal Lea Albert — now a superintendent for schools in the Windward and North Shore areas — who sought a similar waiver for the school back in 1988, raising the minimum GPA for athletes to 2.0 each quarter for eligibility.

Kahuku high football players

Kahuku High football players

Hawaii High School Athletics Association

The National Collegiate Athletic Association requires a minimum 2.3 GPA for student athletes, and most colleges require that students have at least a 2.75 average.

“Our student athletes are at a disadvantage with a 2.0,” said Kahuku Principal Pauline Masaniai.

The school is planning to increase academic support for athletes through new requirements such as a daily study hall and access to tutors from the nearby Brigham Young University three times a week.

“We’ve got to set the standard as high as we can so that students aren’t stuck in a rut,” said head football coach Lee Leslie in a statement.

Correction: A previous version of this blog post suggested that Lea Albert set the statewide policy requiring athletes to have a minimum GPA of 2.0. She did not. 

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