The correct answer is, yes and no. The compiler will happily let you call the static method from the superclass with the super keyword, but it is not necessary.That should compile and run nicely without the super keyword. If you need the super keyword, that suggests you have hidden the static method with another with the same signature in the subclass. This is bad style, since it can lead to great confusion about which method you are calling, and probably also means your subclass IS-NOT-A superclass. As Joshua Bloch will tell you , in Effective Java (as reviewed by one C Ritchie in Bunkhouse Books here on JavaRanch), avoid hiding static members in subclasses. You should probably also avoid hiding instance fields by having any fields of the same name. The only thing one should duplicate in a subclass is instance methods, and that is called overriding. We have an FAQ about overriding and hiding.