Oakland High School (Oakland, California)
|Oakland High School|
1023 MacArthur Boulevard
|Motto||"In Virtute Summum Bonum Ponamus"|
(In virtue we place the highest good.)
|School district||Oakland Unified School District|
|Athletics conference||CIF Oakland Section|
|Yearbook||The Oaken Bucket|
Oakland Senior High School (also known as O-High and OHS) is a public high school in California. Established in 1869, it is the oldest high school in Oakland and the sixth oldest high school in the state.
- 1 Background
- 2 Students
- 3 Student life
- 4 Academics
- 5 Academies
- 6 Athletics
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Oakland High was first located at Twelfth and Market, then Twelfth and Jefferson. It has been in its current location at the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Park Boulevard since 1928. The building that stood before its current manifestation was known as the "Pink Prison" or "Pink Palace." The stairway leading up from Park Blvd. is what remains of the exterior. The lamps in the commons are original fixtures. What is now the football field and basketball courts was once classrooms and a huge theater. The school colors are royal blue and white.
The building was torn down in 1980 to be rebuilt as a safer structure in the event of a major earthquake.
A new football/soccer/baseball field was inaugurated in the spring of 2006. The football field is officially known as Jackie Jensen Field, while the baseball/softball field is dedicated to Mike Marcoulis, Sr., longtime coach and teacher.
Matin Abdel-Qawi has been the Principal since 2012. The Assistant Principals are John Paul Casanova, Pamela Moy, Vonzele Reed, Shoshana Towers-Cabrera, and Ana Vasquez. Other administrative positions include Rany Ath (Wellness Center Director).
In the summer of 2008, renovations and rebuilding to the main building (as well in the former shop buildings) began and were completed in August 2011.
With over 1,800 students, 39% are Asian, including students of Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Filipino, Mien, and Laotian descent. Another 38% of students are African American, 21% of students are Latino or Hispanic, 1% are white and 1% are of two or more ethnicities.
- Freshmen: purple
- Sophomores: yellow
- Juniors: green
- Seniors: blue
Oakland High School has more than 40 student-run clubs and 24 sports.
- Aegis - established 1886 at Oakland High School, the oldest high school newspaper in California
- Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Club
- Adventure Club
- African-American Student Union
- Amnesty International
- Anime Club
- Black Student Union
- Break Dance Club
- Californians for Justice (CFJ)
- California Scholarship Federation
- Cambodian Club
- Chess Club
- Chinese Student Union
- Close Up Foundation
- Club Francophone
- Debate Club
- Drama Club
- Environmental Science Club
- Girls Who Code
- Glee Club
- Global Glimpse
- Go Club
- Hip-Hop Club
- Interact Club
- Japanese Club
- Key Club
- Korean Club
- Lao Iu-Mien Club
- Latinos Unidos
- Lion Dance Club
- Majong Club
- Math Club
- Music Club
- National Honor Society
- Oak Leaves (poetry magazine)
- Peer Health Educators
- Ping Pong Club
- Polynesian Club
- Pop Culture Club
- PRIDE Club (GSA)
- Red Cross Club
- Sound and Light Crew
- SWANA Club
- Technology Club
- Upward Bound
- Video Game Society
- Vietnamese Student Union
- Water Polo Club
OHS offers many Advanced Placement (AP) courses and a wide array of challenging academic electives. Many concurrent enrollment college courses are offered from the Peralta Colleges after school.
The AP Test Site Coordinator for the school is Carlos Padilla.
- Biology AP
- Calculus AB AP
- Calculus BC AP
- Chemistry AP
- Computer Science Principles AP
- Environmental Science AP
- Spanish Language and Culture AP
- Spanish Literature and Culture AP
- Statistics AP
- World History AP
- Computer Science A AP
- English Language and Composition AP
For 2013, the school's API score was 634 out of a possible 1,000 points.
|California Standard Tests Scores, proficiency rate |
Visual Arts & Academics Magnet Program (VAAMP)
VAAMP is an art-based academy; it teaches student how to be creative and piques their interest in art. It offers students classes in art, fashion, drama, and graphic design. VAAMP students painted a mural on Park Blvd., entitled "Beautiful Struggle."
Environmental Science Academy (ESA)
The Environmental Science Academy (ESA) at Oakland High was founded in 1997. ESA is known for its hands-on learning and field trips including regular sophomore water quality monitoring at Lake Merritt and an annual trip to Catalina Island. Students are given various tools to prepare themselves for the future, such as community service, college courses, and School-to-Career. Sophomore ESA students usually have a block class consisting of Chemistry and Environmental Studies. During ESA students' senior year, they are taught AP Environmental Science.
Public Health Academy (PHA)
Established in 2011, the Public Health Academy is the newest academy at Oakland High School. Its goal is to teach students about public health and policy. Public health problems involve complex and interrelated social, behavioral, legal, medical and economic issues. Students are given opportunities for internships in the health profession at Highland Hospital and Kaiser Permanente.
Project Lead The Way Engineering (PLTW)
PLTW engages student learning in engineering and technology through rigorous curriculum, real-world applications, and relevant field trips.
Law & Social Justice
LSJ prepares students for meaningful careers in education, law, and community organizations with a focus on social justice and current events.
R.I.S.E. (Recent Immigrant Support and Engagement) Academy welcomes newly-arrived immigrant students and provides them with a sheltered space that supports their transition into the American high school education system.
In the 2008-2009 season, the Oakland High football team managed a 9-2 record, winning a co-league championship.
In the spring of 1998, 2007 and 2009, the badminton team defeated Skyline High School (the seven-year defending champions) to become the OAL champions. They won the league with a record of six wins and no losses. Along with athletic talent, the badminton team also maintained a very high average GPA, and were named Oakland High's 2007 Outstanding Spring Sports Team.
The Oakland High Catfish Swim Team is another of the many strong teams at OHS. The Catfish have roughly 40 people on the Varsity and JV teams. At the 2008 OAL finals, the Catfish defeated Skyline in both men's Varsity and JV, becoming OAL champions.
In the fall of 2007, the bowling team became OAL champions without a single loss.
The Lady Wildcats Volleyball team finished third in the OAL for the 2014 season.
in 2002, The basketball team played Dela Sale in the State Champions Semi-Finals. In 2000, they also won the OAL (Oakland Athletic League basketball against Oakland Tech High School.
- Cross Country
- Track & Field
- Cross Country
- Track & Field
- Carroll Borland (1931), actress, author, Professor of Education
- Jabari Brown (2011), Los Angeles Lakers basketball player
- Chris Burford (1955), NFL player and NCAA Football Hall of Fame
- Sway Calloway, rapper and radio personality
- David Carradine (1954), actor
- George Cooper Pardee (1875), Governor of California, 1903–1907
- Denny Dent (1966), painter
- Sheila E., percussionist
- Ralph Edwards (1930), television producer
- Ben Fong-Torres (1962), journalist
- Shirley Fong-Torres (1964), chef, tour operator, and popular travel and food writer
- Chick Gandil (1906), professional baseball player
- Sylvia Gerrish (as Lillian Rollins), (1878), musical comedy actress
- Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1896), industrial engineer
- Bob Grottkau, NFL player and college coach
- George J. Hatfield (1907), Lieutenant Governor of California, 1935–39
- Marsha Hunt (1964), actress, singer and novelist
- Jackie Jensen 1945, athlete, College Football Hall of Fame, 1958 AL MVP
- Franklin Knight Lane (1880), US Secretary of Interior, 1913–1920
- Fay Lanphier (1924), Miss California, 1924 and 1925; Miss America, 1925
- Damian Lillard (2008), Portland Trail Blazers basketball player
- Jack London 1896, writer
- Lorenzo Lynch, NFL football player
- Judah Leon Magnes (1894), Chancellor/President Hebrew University, Jerusalem 1925-1948
- Dudley Manlove (1931), vaudeville, radio and B-movie actor
- Yōsuke Matsuoka (1896), Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs during WWII
- Armand Mauss (1946), sociologist
- Stanley Mazor (1959), engineer
- Ken McAlister, NFL football player and college basketball player
- Edwin Meese (1949), US Attorney General, 1985–1988
- Clark Miller (1955), NFL football player
- Julia Morgan (1890), architect
- Lloyd Moseby (1978), Major League baseball player
- Robert Nichols, actor
- Zoe Ann Olsen-Jensen (1949), Olympic diver; silver medal, 1948; bronze medal, 1952
- Walter Plunkett (1919), 1951 Academy Award for Costume Design for An American in Paris
- Bill Rigney (1936), New York Giants player and first manager of the San Francisco Giants, 1956
- Dawn Robinson (attended), singer; founding member of R&B vocal group En Vogue.
- Gertrude Stein (1892), author
- Nellie Wong (1952), poet
- "Oakland High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
- "Administration / Matin Abdel-Qawi, Principal". ousd.org.
- "Administration". ousd.org.
- Math Club
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