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Hope's Peak Academy (希望ヶ峰学園 Kibōgamine Gakuen) is where much of The Hope's Peak Academy Saga takes place. To enroll, one must already be attending high school, and must be the very best at what they do. The students do not apply to the school, instead the school recruits them. If one graduates from Hope's Peak Academy, they are almost certainly guaranteed success in life. Students who are enrolled in the Main Course are given the title “Ultimate”, followed by their talent.

Description

Hope's Peak Academy is an exclusive, government-sanctioned school that only accepted students with exceptional abilities. The campus is in the center of a large city, where it appears quite prominent.

Main Course

Hope's Peak Academy's stated goal was to raise the future “hope” of the nation, earning it the moniker “The Academy of Hope”. Average high schoolers envy the students of the Main Course, as these Ultimates are almost guaranteed success in life by being a Hope's Peak graduate. Certainly, many Hope's Peak graduates were employed in high positions in every field of the professional world, so that statement was not an exaggeration.

Hope's Peak Academy was not a traditional learning facility like other schools. It provided education for the talented, while at the same time researching those talents. The teaching staff were not simple teachers, but also scientists who researched human talent.

There are two requirements to becoming a Hope's Peak main course student: One must be currently enrolled in high school and one must excel at their field of expertise; in the case of Ultimate Lucky Student, their "talent" is determined by winning an annual draw. Should the invitation be lost, a redraw occurs, as losing the invitation indicates their luck is not worthy of becoming an Ultimate.

Hope's Peak does not hold standard entrance exams, as the skills assessed by entrance exams are meaningless for its purposes. Instead, students are scouted by the school itself. While normally this is handled by scouts, occasionally The Steering Committee may interfere and override the decision of both the Headmaster and scouts, and bring in students of their own approval. Hope's Peak Academy's faculty members were much like parents, who made it their life's mission to find talent and nurture their children.

The students are not required to attend class; instead, they are encouraged to work on further developing their talents. Hope's Peak Academy holds required practical exams once every school year. Dignitaries and experts were invited to judge the talent of the students, along with media to report on the achievements of the students.

Reserve Course

Hope's Peak was originally a small-scale facility that survived on government subsidies and graduate donations. However, a lack of resources limited their ability to do research. The Steering Committee was not satisfied with this, so in order to bring in more money, they instituted a preparatory school system, called the Reserve Course. A separate class building on the main campus was constructed for the Reserve Course. It is located on the west quarter of the campus, while the main school is in the east quarter. The Main Course and Reserve Course students did not intermingle often due to this separation.

The Reserve Course didn't scout its students and relied on a regular entrance exam to choose potential students. The teachers were chosen the same way. While the teachers of the Main Course were also scientists who worked and lived at the school, the Reserve Course had regular teachers from outside. However, teachers from the main school could be reassigned to the Reserve Course if they demonstrated a failure to control their Ultimate students.

Even though it was technically just a regular high school, there was a flood of applications, due to brand name recognition. The prestigious Hope's Peak Academy had finally opened its doors to the public. Yasuke Matsuda explained the situation to Ryōko Otonashi:

People are sheep... They are drawn to a name, and the school took advantage of that to get more money. Thanks to that, the school went through a sudden growth spurt. We suddenly have research facilities that can make any university jealous. No one was prepared for that-- in just a year or two Hope's Peak Academy grew to an entirely different scale.

–Yasuke Matsuda, Danganronpa/Zero

By the events of Danganronpa/Zero, Hope's Peak Academy was set up like a pyramid class system in a third world country: The multitude of students in the preparatory school existed only to support the few Ultimates. There was a system in place for exceptional students in the Reserve Course to transfer to the main school, but no students managed it. 

History

Hope's Peak Academy has been around for several hundred years, best known for continuously sending its students to be the best of their profession time and time again. Hajime Hinata states that many current leaders of various industries are alumni of Hope's Peak Academy.

In order to continue researching talents, Hope's Peak opened the Reserve Course as a way to gain funding and guinea pigs. During Class 77th's first year, Hope's Peak began construction of an overseas campus, under the direction of Kyosuke Munakata; on the main campus, the Twilight Syndrome Murder Case occurred, and The Kamukura Project proceeded. Soon after Class 78th was admitted, the Main Course was moved to the new school building on the main campus.

The Tragedy of Hope's Peak's Academy, also known as the First Mutual Killing game, took place between the student council members. All of the members were killed, except for the Student Council President, Sōshun Murasame. Despite attempts at a cover up by the Steering Committee, a video of the debacle prepared by Junko Enoshima was sent to the students of the Reserve Course. This caused demonstrations and protests by Reserve Course Students known as The Parade. The Reserve Course Students stormed the new school building and killed all of the remaining Main Course students, except for Class 77-B and Class 78th. Soon after, Junko Enoshima sent all of the protesting students a brainwashing video, causing them to all commit suicide simultaneously. This then lead to The Tragedy, the shutdown of Hope's Peak, and the cancellation of the overseas campus project. Principal Jin Kirigiri and Class 78th converted the old school building into a shelter, and lived there until Jin's execution, and the Killing School Life.

Several months after the Final Killing Game, Hope's Peak was reopened, with former Class 78 student Makoto Naegi as the new headmaster.

Areas

The main campus of Hope's Peak Academy is diamond-shaped, and is about the size of four regular high-schools. It is divided into quarters, with the East side containing the facilities and classrooms for Ultimate students, the North side containing the old school building, and the West side containing the Reserve Course buildings. The South side housed the Main Course's dormitories, as well as their living necessities, such as a convenience store, a bookstore, and other shops. The central plaza is a relaxing common area for the students, and was open from 7:00 to 22:00.

Hope's Peak Academy Old School Building

The Old School Building, located in the North Quarter, was the location of both the First Killing Game and the Second Killing Game. Prior to being converted into a survival shelter, the building had a sophisticated air with red carpeting lining the tiled halls, and dark wooden moulding on the walls. The architecture integrated classic and modern design. In order to become a survival shelter, the windows were covered and bolted closed with thick metal plating. Before the Second Killing Game, Junko Enoshima covered the classrooms in colorful and animal-print wallpapers, and added colored lights. She also added surveillance cameras all throughout the school, and converted the Data Center into a Monitor room to view the surveillance footage in, with an attached Monokuma control room.

First Floor

On the first floor is the entrance hall, the school store, the A/V Room, a nurse's office, and Classrooms 1-A and 1-B. There is also the Gymnasium, which has a small Trophy Room as an entry hall. Attached to the first floor is “Hotel Despair”, the dormitory for the students, which includes a cafeteria, storage room, a trash room with an incinerator, and a bathhouse. There is also a room with a working elevator that leads to the basement of the school.

Second Floor

The Library and Archives, the swimming pool, and classrooms 2-A and 2-B are located on the second floor. Leading to the pool area are boy and girl changing rooms. Within the men's restroom on this floor is a secret room, containing secret documents and files about Hope's Peak Academy.

Third Floor

The Rec room is directly across from the stairs leading to the second floor. To the left is the Art Room and a storage room. To the right is the Physics Lab, which contains an air purifier and another storage room. Classrooms 3-A and 3-B are also on this floor.

Fourth Floor

This floor contains the Music Room, the Staff Room, the Headmaster's Office, the Chemistry Lab, and Classrooms 4-A and 4-B. The Data Processing Room is also on this floor and is kept locked; it connects to the Monokuma Control Room.

Fifth Floor

The fifth and top floor contains a dojo, along with the Biology Lab, which doubles as a morgue. The Greenhouse is found here, however, when the school was converted into a shelter, the windows were covered and painted sky blue, and artificial sun lamps were installed. Classrooms 5-A and 5-B are next to each other, and classroom 5-C is near the Biology Lab. Classroom 5-C is covered in blood and body chalk lines, likely a result of The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy.

Basement

Before The Tragedy, this basement was used for The Izuru Kamukura Project, and Izuru Kamukura lived there for an amount of time. For the Second Killing Game, it was converted into a grand room for the Class Trials. Separately is a trash dump. Makoto Naegi ends up there after Alter Ego saves him from execution. To exit the dump, there is a long ladder to a hatch that leads to the trash room.

Hope's Peak Academy New School Building

Opened in the 78th year of running the school, the New School Building is a tall tower-like structure with many floors that cascade near the upper levels. Main Course students were transferred from the Old School Building into the newer one after its construction was completed.

Biology Building

Located on the east quarter, the Biology Building is square-shaped, light green, and has multiple stories. It contains Yasuke Matsuda's Neurology laboratory.

Neuroscience Institute

The Neuroscience Institute is located on the third floor of the Science Building. It is outfitted with many scientific instruments and a medical trolley.

Faculty Buildings

Located in the East District of the Academy, the Faculty Buildings are lined up with one another and students are forbidden to access without prior invitation.

Meeting Room No. 13

Located on the top floor of the Faculty Building, Meeting Room No. 13 is the largest meeting room in the entire academy holding a maximum occupancy of around 300 people. Despite its size, the room only holds a long table, rather than being structured as an auditorium type of setting.

Hope's Peak Academy's Steering Committee Room

Hope's Peak Academy's Steering Committee Room is where the Steering Committee and current Headmaster meet to discuss the plans of the school's future as well as ongoing projects. The yearly drawing for the Ultimate Lucky Student also takes place in this room.

Other Buildings

In addition to the Biology, Faculty, and Old School Buildings, it has been stated that there are also buildings that go into the subjects of literature, science, physics, art, health, and language.

Courtyard

The Courtyards of Hope's Peak Academy are scattered throughout and are noted to be decorated with fountains and small grounds-keeping sheds.

Overseas Campus

The Overseas Campus began its construction during the 77th Class's first year. When the Tragedy struck, it was transformed into the Future Foundation's secret headquarters, until the Final Killing Game took place.

Headmasters

Students

Class 66th

Daisaku Bandai

Student Talent Talent Description Status
Daisaku Bandai DR3 VA ID
Daisaku Bandai
万代 大作
Ultimate Farmer A person who owns or manages a farm the activity or business of growing crops and raising livestock. Deceased

Class 69th

Great Gozu

Great Gozu DR3 VA ID
Great Gozu
グレート ゴズ
Ultimate Wrestler A person who was involved in the sport or activity of grappling with an opponent. Deceased

Class 74th

Chisa Yukizome

Chisa Yukizome Despair VA ID
Chisa Yukizome
雪染 ちさ
Ultimate Housekeeper A person employed to perform cleaning and other domestic tasks in a hotel or institution. Deceased

Kyosuke Munakata

Kyosuke Munakata Despair VA ID
Kyosuke Munakata
宗方 京助
Super High School Level Student Council President A person who is the highest-ranking officer of a student government group or a student union association at the high school, college, or university level. Alive

Juzo Sakakura

Juzo Sakakura Despair VA ID
Juzo Sakakura
逆蔵 十三
Ultimate Boxer A person who is involved in the sport or practice of fighting with the fists. Deceased

Class 76th

Seiko Kimura

Seiko Kimura Despair VA ID
Seiko Kimura
忌村 静子
Ultimate Pharmacist A person who is professionally qualified to prepare and dispense medicinal drugs. Deceased

Ruruka Ando

Ruruka Ando Despair VA ID
Ruruka Ando
安藤 流流歌
Ultimate Confectioner A person whose occupation is making or selling candy and other sweets. Deceased

Sonosuke Izayoi

Sonosuke Izayoi Despair VA ID
Sonosuke Izayoi
十六夜 惣之助
Ultimate Blacksmith A person who makes and repairs things in iron by hand. Deceased

Class 77th

Section-A

Sōshun Murasame
Soushun Murasame VA ID
Sōshun Murasame
宗方 京助
Super High School Level Student Council President A person who is the highest-ranking officer of a student government group or a student union association at the high school, college, or university level. Deceased

Yasuke Matsuda
Yasuke Matsuda ID
Yasuke Matsuda
松田 夜助
Ultimate Neurologist A person who is a specialist in the anatomy, functions and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system. Deceased

Ryōko Otonashi
Ryoko Otanashi ID
Ryōko Otonashi
音無 涼子
Super High School Level Analyst A person who has detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation. Deceased

Yūto Kamishiro
Yuto Kamishiro ID
Yūto Kamishiro
神代 優兎
Super High School Level Agent A person spying out and acting for a country as a mission. Deceased

Shinobu Togami
Shinobu Togami
十神 忍
Super High School Level Secretary Blue Ink A person employed by an individual or in an office to assist with correspondence, keep records, make appointments, and carry out similar tasks. Unknown

Section-B

Chiaki Nanami
Chiaki Nanami Despair VA ID
Chiaki Nanami
七海 千秋
Ultimate Gamer A person who plays video games or participates in role-playing games. Deceased

Nagito Komaeda
Nagito Komaeda Despair VA ID
Nagito Komaeda
狛枝 凪斗
Ultimate Lucky Student A person having, bringing, or resulting from good luck and bad luck. Alive

Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu
Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu Despair VA ID
Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu
九頭龍 冬彦
Ultimate Yakuza A person involved in a Japanese organized crime syndicate similar to the Mafia. Alive

Ibuki Mioda
Ibuki Mioda Despair VA ID
Ibuki Mioda
九頭龍 冬彦
Ultimate Musician A person who plays a musical instrument, especially as a profession, or is musically talented. Alive

Kazuichi Soda
Kazuichi Soda Despair VA ID
Kazuichi Soda
左右田 和一
Ultimate Mechanic A person who repairs and maintains machinery. Alive

Gundham Tanaka
Gundham Tanaka Despair VA ID
Gundham Tanaka
田中 眼蛇夢
Ultimate Breeder A person who breeds livestock, racehorses, other animals, or plants. Alive

Ultimate Imposter
Ultimate Imposter Despair VA ID
Ultimate Imposter
十神 白夜
Ultimate Imposter
Ultimate Animator
Ultimate Affluent Progeny
Super High School Level Student Council President
A person who plays as a good impression and act like someone else. Alive

Mikan Tsumiki
Mikan Tsumiki Despair VA ID
Mikan Tsumiki
罪木 蜜柑
Ultimate Nurse A person who is skilled at taking care of people. Alive

Ryota Mitarai
Ryota Mitarai Despair VA ID
Ryota Mitarai
罪木 蜜柑
Ultimate Animator A person who creates an illusion of movement when the movie is shown as a sequence with the art. Alive

Hiyoko Saionji
Hiyoko Saionji Despair VA ID
Hiyoko Saionji
西園寺 日寄子
Ultimate Traditional Dancer A person who is skilled at dancing that relates to Japanese culture. Alive

Akane Owari
Akane Owari Despair VA ID
Akane Owari
終里 赤音
Ultimate Gymnast A person who is skilled at gymnastics, being athletic and being flexible. Alive

Nekomaru Nidai
Nekomaru Nidai Despair VA ID
Nekomaru Nidai
弐大 猫丸
Ultimate Team Manager A person who is skilled at teaching and motivating on exercising and training. Alive

Teruteru Hanamura
Teruteru Hanamura Despair VA ID
Teruteru Hanamura
花村 輝々
Ultimate Cook A person who is skilled at crafting food and in charge of holding a restaurant and a diner. Alive

Sonia Nevermind
Sonia Nevermind Despair VA ID
Sonia Nevermind
ソニア・ネヴァーマインド
Ultimate Princess A person who acts royal and is the daughter of a monarch. Alive

Mahiru Koizumi
Mahiru Koizumi Despair VA ID
Mahiru Koizumi
小泉 真昼
Ultimate Photographer A person who can take photos with great quality and is very skilled at making the photos smooth. Alive

Peko Pekoyama
Peko Pekoyama Despair VA ID
Peko Pekoyama
辺古山 ペコ
Ultimate Swordswoman A person who could easily use a sword and do tricks with them as the weapon, similar to a ninja. Alive

Class 78th

Makoto Naegi

Makoto Naegi Zero ID
Makoto Naegi
苗木 誠

Ultimate Lucky Student

Ultimate Hope

A person who has experienced both good luck and bad luck.

A person who is talented as spreading optimism and hope to others.

Alive

Sayaka Maizono

Sayaka Maizono VA ID
Sayaka Maizono
舞園 さやか
Ultimate Pop Sensation A person who is able to sing very well in a pop idol group. Deceased

Kyoko Kirigiri

Kyoko Kirigiri Zero ID
Kyoko Kirigiri
江ノ島 盾子
Ultimate Detective A person who could gather clues to solve a case, and can sense things that are unusual. Alive

Byakuya Togami

Byakuya Togami VA ID
Byakuya Togami
十神 白夜
Ultimate Affluent Prograncy A person who owns an abundance of wealth, property, and some goods. Alive

Chihiro Fujisaki

Chihiro Fujisaki VA ID
Chihiro Fujisaki
不二咲 千尋
Ultimate Affluent Programmer A person who is very skilled with computers and other electronics. Deceased

Kiyotaka Ishimaru

Kiyotaka Ishimaru VA ID
Kiyotaka Ishimaru
石丸清多夏
Ultimate Moral Compass A person who is used in reference to a person's ability to judge what is right and wrong and act accordingly. Deceased

Celestia Ludenberg

Celestia Ludenberg VA ID
Taeko Yasuhiro
ルーデンベルク
Ultimate Gambler A person with good luck, and can easily win money by hitting jackpots. Deceased

Toko Fukawa/Genocide Jack

Toko Fukawa VA ID

Genocide Jack VA ID

Toko Fukawa/Genocide Jack
腐川 冬子
Ultimate Writing Prodigy
Ultimate Murderous Fiend
  • A person who can write really well and win awards for writing bestselling books.
    *A person who is skilled with killing people and murdering brutally.
Alive

Aoi Asahina

Aoi Asahina VA ID
Aoi Asahina
朝日奈 葵
Ultimate Swimming Pro A person who could swim very well and participated in sports that involed in water. Alive

Sakura Ogami

Sakura Ogami VA ID
Sakura Ogami
大神 さくら
Ultimate Martial Artist A person in various sports or skills, mainly of Japanese origin, that originated as forms of self-defense or attack, such as judo, karate, and kendo. Deceased

Hifumi Yamada

Hifumi Yamada VA ID
Hifumi Yamada
山田 一二三
Ultimate Fanfic Creator A person who is talented at writing stories that involve their favorite media. Deceased

Yasuhiro Hagakure

Yasuhiro Hagakure VA ID
Yasuhiro Hagakure
葉隠 康比呂
Ultimate Clairvoyant A person who claims to have a supernatural ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact. Alive

Mondo Owada

Mondo Owada VA ID
Mondo Owada
大和田 紋土
Ultimate Biker Gang Leader A person who is skilled at riding a motorcycle with a group, and is in charge. Deceased

Leon Kuwata

Leon Kuwata VA ID
Leon Kuwata
桑田 怜恩
Ultimate Baseball Star A member of a baseball team who excells in both batting and fielding. Deceased

Mukuro Ikusaba

Mukuro Ikusaba Zero ID
Mukuro Ikusaba
戦刃 むくろ
Ultimate Soldier A person who has been involved in war and has obtained no injuries. Deceased

Junko Enoshima

Junko Enoshima Despair VA ID
Junko Enoshima
江ノ島 盾子
Ultimate Fashionista A person who appears in magazines and is famous worldwide for being a high-rank supermodel. Deceased

The Student Council

Sōshun Murasame

Soushun Murasame VA ID
Sōshun Murasame
宗方 京助
Super High School Level Student Council President A person who is the highest-ranking officer of a student government group or a student union association at high school, college, or university level. Deceased

Karen Kisaragi

Karen Kisaragi VA ID
Karen Kisaragi
如月 かれん
Ultimate Student Council Secretary A person who is in charge of taking notes from the meetings down for others to know, and let the Executive Secretary know about the information they include. Deceased

Kotomi Ikuta

Kotomi Ikuta VA ID
Kotomi Ikuta
宗方 京助
Ultimate Student Council Vice President A person who takes responsible for the Student Council along with the President. Deceased

Suzuko Kashiki

Suzuko Kashiki VA ID
Suzuko Kashiki
柏木 鈴子
Unknown A person whose talent is currently unknown. Deceased

Kiriko Nishizawa

Kiriko Nishizawa VA ID
Kiriko Nishizawa
西澤 桐子
Unknown A person whose talent is currently unknown. Deceased

Daiki Kubo

Daiki Kubo VA ID
Daiki Kubo
久保 大器
Unknown A person whose talent is currently unknown. Deceased

Shōji Yokō

Shōji Yokō
横尾 正治
Unknown A person whose talent is currently unknown. Deceased

Aiko Umesawa

Aiko Umesawa VA ID
Aiko Umesawa
梅沢 愛子
Unknown A person whose talent is currently unknown. Deceased

Sōsuke Ichino

Sosuke Ichino VA ID
Sōsuke Ichino
市野 庄助
Unknown A person whose talent is currently unknown. Deceased

Tsubasa Kamii

Tsubasa Kamii VA ID
Tsubasa Kamii
紙衣 つばさ
Unknown A person whose talent is currently unknown. Deceased

Tarō Kurosaki

Taro Kurosaki VA ID
Tarō Kurosaki
黒崎太郎
Unknown A person whose talent is currently unknown. Deceased

Tomohiko Gōryoku

Tomohiko Goryoku VA ID
Tomohiko Gōryoku
豪力 供彦
Unknown A person whose talent is currently unknown. Deceased

Ryōta Someya

Ryota Someya VA ID
Ryōta Someya
染屋 涼太
Unknown A person whose talent is currently unknown. Deceased

Asukasei Hino

Asukasei Hino VA ID
Asukasei Hino
日野 明日晴
Unknown A person whose talent is currently unknown. Deceased

The Elementary School Division

Monaca Towa

Monaca Towa VA ID
Monaca Towa
塔和 最中
Li'l Ultimate Homeroom A person who settles a classroom in which a group of students assembles daily with the same teacher before dispersing to other classes. Alive

Nagisa Shingetsu

Nagisa Shingetsu VA ID
Nagisa Shingetsu
新月 渚
Li'l Ultimate Social Studies A person who takes various aspects or branches of the study of human society, considered as an educational discipline. Alive

Masaru Daimon

Masaru Daimon VA ID
Masaru Daimon
大門 大
Li'l Ultimate P.E. A person who is very athletic, and is energetic at all times. Alive

Kotoko Utsugi

Kotoko Utsugi VA ID
Kotoko Utsugi
空木 言子
Li'l Ultimate Drama A person who is very skilled at acting. Alive

Jataro Kemuri

Jataro Kemuri VA ID
Jataro Kemuri
煙 蛇太郎
Li'l Ultimate Art A person who can be skilled at crafting and making art. Alive

The Reserve Course Department

Hajime Hinata

Hajime Hinata Despair VA ID
Hajime Hinata
日向 創
N/A A person who currently has no talent and nothing that they are skilled at. Alive

Natsumi Kuzuryu

Natsumi Kuzuryu Despair VA ID
Natsumi Kuzuryu
九頭龍 菜摘
N/A A person who currently has no talent and nothing that they are skilled at. Deceased

Sato

Sato Despair VA ID
Sato
佐藤
N/A A person who currently has no talent and nothing that they are skilled at. Deceased

Others

Izuru Kamukura

Izuru Kamukura VA ID
Izuru Kamukura
カムクラ イズル
Ultimate Hope A person who possesses all the known Ultimate talents. Considered the epitome of hope merely by the school's standards and thus not a literal example of the title. Alive
Note: Due to some of the below talents not having an official localization talent, they will be referred to as "Super High School Level"

Staff

Former Staff

Maps

Trivia

  • Monokuma's left eye (the red vertical stripe) is inspired by the Hope's Peak Academy logo.
  • A similar school run by Monokuma and his children appears in the Danganronpa V3 bonus mode.

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