Governor Sanford Ballard Dole Middle School was established in 1955, a part of the Farrington/Kaiser/Kalani Complex in the Honolulu District comprising of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. The majority of students from the two major housing projects, Kalihi Valley Homes and Kuhio Park Terrace, attend DMS. The community also consists of single-family dwellings that make up a quarter of the student population.
Since 2009, the majority of the students’ ethnicities have gradually changed reflecting the community’s ethnic characteristics. The number of students that qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch has hovered around 76% for the last few years. The Special Education population rises steadily every year. Approximately 31% (240 students) of Dole attendees qualify for English Language Learner services. When major renovations occurred in the housing projects, Samoan families moved out; some temporarily and others permanently while more Micronesian families moved in.