Oakland High School (Oakland, California)
|Oakland High School|
1023 MacArthur Boulevard|
"In Virtue Summum Bonum Ponamus"|
(In virtue we place the highest good.)
|School district||Oakland Unified School District|
|Color(s)||Blue and white|
|Athletics conference||CIF Oakland Section|
|Mascot||Willy the Wildcat|
|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.
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 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.
The current 2013-2014 principal is Matin Abdel-Qawi. Assistant principals are Anisa Rasheed, Michael Ray, and Shoshana Towers-Cabrera. Other official positions include Tiago Robinson (Coordinator of Safe & Supportive Schools), Kaprice Wilson (Truancy Reduction), Carlos Padilla (Head Counselor), Amy Dellefield (Student Activities Director), Susan Yee (Wellness Director) and Justin Booker (Athletic 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: orange
- Juniors: green
- Seniors: blue
Oakland High School boasts more than 40 student-run clubs and 24 sports. From the Hip Hop Club to the Math Club and soccer to badminton, OHS has something for everyone. Oakland High is proud to offer three intra-school academies: the Environmental Sciences Academy, Visual Arts Magnet Program, and the Public Health Academy. Two new pathways, AVID and Project Lead the Way (engineering) are also popular with students. There is a thriving World Language department open to all students regardless of their Academy or Pathway interests, which includes Cantonese, French and Spanish.
- Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Club
- Adventure Club (Outdoors Club)
- Aegis - established 1886 at Oakland High School, the oldest high school newspaper in California
- African-American Student Union
- Amnesty International
- Anime Club
- Archery Club
- Black Student Union
- California Scholarship Federation
- Cambodian Club
- Chess Club
- Chinese Student Union
- Close Up Foundation
- Club Francophone
- Drama Club
- Environmental Science Club
- Gay-Straight Alliance (Pride)
- Glee Club
- Global Glimpse
- Hip-Hop Club
- INTERACT Club
- Japanese Club
- Key Club
- Lao Iu-Mien Club
- Latinos Unidos
- Lion Dance Club
- Math Club
- Music Club
- National Honor Society
- Oak Leaves
- Peer Health Educators
- Polynesian Club
- Procrastinators Club
- Sound and Light Crew
- Upward Bound
- Vietnamese Student Association
- Water Polo Club
OHS offers many Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as two Honors (HP) 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.
- English 3 HP
- Physics HP
- Biology AP
- Calculus AB AP
- Calculus BC AP
- Chemistry AP
- English Language and Composition AP
- English Literature and Composition AP
- Environmental Science AP
- Statistics AP
- US History AP
For 2009, the school's API score was 629 out of a possible 1000 points.
|California Standard Tests Scores, proficiency rate|
Visual Arts Academy Magnet Program (VAAMP)
VAAMP teaches student how to be creative and piques their interest in art. Led by Jackie "Ms. B" Marston and Keith "K-Dub" Williams, VAAMP is thriving with new young artists. An art-based academy, VAAMP encourages the artistic and personal growth of young people. VAAMP offers Ohigh students classes in art, fashion, drama, and graphic design.
VAAMP students painted the mural on Park Blvd., entitled "Beautiful Struggle." Featured in the middle is one of the greatest art teachers that ever set foot on OHS. Her name is Ms. Broussard, who has gone through personal issues and set a great example for each one of Ohigh's VAAMPers. Ms. Broussard has taught many students about what artists truly are.
Environmental Sciences Academy (ESA)
The Environmental Science Academy (ESA) at Oakland High was founded by science teachers Katharine Noonan and Kevin Jordan in 1997. They designed and led the rich environmental science program most people associate with ESA until 2015.
The Environmental Sciences Academy is currently run by Chris Johnston (English teacher), Lara Trale (English teacher), and David White (Social Studies teacher) under the guidance of the Linked Learning Office at OUSD. ESA is known for its high-achieving students and many field trips. In ESA, students are given various tools to prepare for themselves (sic) for the future, such as community service, college courses, and School-to-Careers (sic) . ESA students go on many excursions such as Catalina Island and a senior trip.
Sophomore ESA students usually have a core class consisting of Biology and Environmental Studies. This class goes to Lake Merritt once a week to test the water and learn more about the environment. 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 many opportunities for internships in the health profession at Highland Hospital and Kaiser Permanente.
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.
- Cross country
- Track and field
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Carroll Borland (1931), actress, author, Professor of Education
- Jabari Brown (2011), Los Angeles Lakers basketball player
- Chris Burford (1955), former 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), baseball player
- Sylvia Gerrish (as Lillian Rollins), (1878), musical comedy actress
- Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1896), industrial engineer
- Bob Grottkau, former NFL player and college coach
- George J. Hatfield (1907), Lieutenant Governor of California, 1935–39
- Marsha Hunt (1964), singer and novelist
- Jackie Jensen 1945, athlete, College Football Hall of Fame
- 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, former NFL 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 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
- OHS Memorial Pages
- Oakland High School
- Wildcats Alumni Association - the official alumni association
- Visual Arts Academy Magnet Program (VAAMP)