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Oakland Senior High School (also known as O-High and OHS) is a public high school in Californiamarker. Established in 1869, it is the oldest high school in Oakland, Californiamarker 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 also original fixtures. What is now the football field and basketball courts was once classrooms and a huge theater. I am a January, 1953, graduate and believe the school colors were blue and white.

The building was torn down in 1980 to be rebuilt as a safer structure in the event of a major earthquake. It was only when the wrecking ball had sliced through more than half the structure that it was clear that it would have taken more than an earthquake to knock those walls down.

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 principal is Alicia Romero. Assistant principals are Oliver Chambers, Shoshanna Towers, and Anisa Rasheed. Other official positions include: Percy Foster (Reflection Room), Tiago Robinson (Truancy Reduction), Carlos Padilla (Head Counselor), Amy Dellefield (Student Activities Director), and Carlos Sutton (Athletic Director).

Beginning in the summer of 2008, renovations and rebuilding will occur in the main building as well in the portables.

Mission Statement

The goal of Oakland High School is to provide an excellent education for all students in a safe environment so that each student has a foundation for pursuing personal success, social growth, and high academic achievement.


With nearly 1,900 students, 52% are Asian including students of Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, Mien, Laotian, and Tongan descent. Another 28% of students are African American, 16% of students are Latino or Hispanic. Only 2% are white while other ethnicities make up less than 2%.

Class Colors

Freshmen: Purple

Sophomores: Orange

Juniors: Green

Seniors: Blue

Student Life

Oakland High School boasts more than 40 student-run clubs and 24 sports offerings, from the Hip Hop Club to the Math Club and soccer to badminton, OHS has everything one can be interested in. Also popular with the students are the two academies: the Environmental Sciences Academy and Visual Arts Magnet Program. O-High is also renown for its excellent Special Education program.


  • Drama Club
  • East Coast College Tour Club
  • Club Francophone
  • Future Leaders Institute (FLI)
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Guitar Club
  • Hip-Hop Club
  • Interact
  • Japanese Club
  • Junior Statesmen of America

  • Outdoors Club
  • Peer Health Educators
  • Polynesian Club
  • Procrastinators Club
  • Sound and Light Crew
  • Upward Bound
  • Vietnamese Student Association
  • Water Polo Club
  • Yearbook
  • Youth Power Club


Academically speaking, OHS offers many Advanced Placement(AP) courses, as well as 5 Honors (HP) courses, and a wide array of interesting and challenging academic electives. Oakland High is mainly the only school to provide these courses than any other public schools. In addition, there are many concurrent enrollment college courses offered from the Peralta Colleges after school.

The AP Test Site Coordinator for the school is Carlos Padilla.

HP Courses

  • English 3 HP
  • English 4 HP
  • Physics HP

AP Courses

  • English 4 AP
  • Calculus AB AP
  • Calculus BC AP
  • Statistics AP
  • World History AP
  • Biology AP
  • Chemistry AP
  • Environmental Science AP
  • Spanish 4 AP
  • French 4 AP
  • US History AP

Test scores

For 2009, the school's API score was 629 out of a possible 1000 points.


Visual Arts Academy Magnet Program (VAAMP)

VAAMP teaches student how to be creative and pique with their interest in art. Led by Jackie "Ms. B" Marston and Keith "K-Dub" Williams, VAAMP is thriving with new young artists. VAAMP also painted mural on Park Blvd. Beautiful Struggle is the title of the mural. Feature right in the middle, is one of the greatest art teacher that set foot in OHS. Her name is Ms.Broussard, who have to go through some personal issues and has set great example for each one of the VAAMPers to understand that we all need to live and love. Ms. Broussard has taught many students on what artists truly are. In order to be the best, you need to believe you are the best.

Environmental Science Academy (ESA)

The Environmental Science Academy is run by Katherine Noonan and Kevin Jordan. ESA is usually known for high-achieving students and many field trips. Students are also given various tools to prepare for the future such as community service, college courses, School-to-Careers, etc. There are occasionally rafting and camping trips for ESA students. Trips include Catalina Island, Snow Trip (Juniors and Seniors Only), and a Senior Trip to either Costa Rica or Hawaii.

Sophomore ESA students usually have a core class consisting of Biology and Environmental Studies taught by either Noonan or Jordan. This class goes to Lake Merritt on a weekly basis to test the water and learn more about the environment. During their senior year, they are taught AP Environmental Science by their respective sophomore teacher.


In the 2008-2009 season, the Oakland High football team managed a 9-2 record, winning a co-league championship. The team this year will be lead by several seniors who are being recruited by division-1 programs: Damante Horton, Charles Cobbs, Kelly Mitchell, Dylon Mafi, Edward Davis, and Earl Harris.

In the spring of 2007 and 2009, the badminton team defeated Skyline (the seven year defending champions) to become the OAL champions. They won the league with a record of 6 wins and 0 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 last year's 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.

Notable alumni

  • Chris Burford (1955), NCAA Football Hall of Fame
  • Denny Dent, painter
  • Ralph Edwards , television producer
  • Ben Fong-Torres (1962), Journalist
  • Chick Gandil, baseball player
  • Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1896), Industrial Engineer
  • Anna Head , Educator
  • Lee Gum Hong (1931), first Chinese-American to play organized baseball
  • Sherry Hu (1969), KPIX-5 (CBS) reporter
  • Marsha Hunt, singer and novelist
  • Jackie Jensen, Athlete
  • Franklin Knight Lane, politician
  • Jack London, writer
  • Yƍsuke Matsuoka , politician
  • Armand Mauss, sociologist
  • Stanley Mazor, engineer
  • Edwin Meese, lawyer
  • Clark Miller (1955), NFL Football
  • Julia Morgan , architect
  • Lloyd Moseby, Major League baseball player
  • George Nicholson (1959), jurist
  • Zoe Ann Olson, Olympic diver
  • George Pardee , politician
  • Stan Peters (1957), long-time Laney football coach
  • Bill Rigney (1936), Major league baseball player & manager
  • Wayne Schneider (1955), CIF Football Coaches Hall of Fame
  • Nellie Wong, poet
  • William Wong (1958), Journalist

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