List of Berkeley High School (Berkeley, California) people

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The following is a list of individuals associated with Berkeley High School (Berkeley, California) through attending as a student, or serving as a member of the faculty or staff.

Notable alumni[edit]



Artists & Photographers[edit]

  • Galen Rowell, 1958 - wilderness photographer; did much work for the Sierra Club
  • Ariel Schrag, 1998 - Cartoonist/graphic novelist
  • Michael Heizer, 1962 - specializes in large-scale sculptures and earth art (or land art)
  • Bruce Ryan, 1971 - Production Designer


Authors, journalists, and poets[edit]


  • Ben Horowitz, 1984? - Silicon Valley venture capitalist, partner in Andreessen Horowitz


Mathematicians and computer scientists[edit]



  • Audie Bock, 1963/64?, California politician and film scholar
  • Shirley Dean, 1950 - Berkeley City Council member 1975-1982 and 1986–1994, and mayor 1994-2002
  • Matthew Denn, 1984 - Lieutenant Governor of Delaware 2009-2014, Attorney General of Delaware 2015-
  • Elihu Harris, 1965 - Mayor of Oakland, California, 1991–99
  • George Livingston - First elected African American Mayor of Richmond 1985-1993[3]
  • Karyl Matsumoto, 1961, South San Francisco City Council member 1997–present and mayor 2000, 2004, and 2009
  • Aaron Peskin, 1982 - former President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Keith Marvin Carson Alameda Board of Supervisors

Scientists and inventors[edit]

  • Sam Ruben, 1931?, Co-discoverer of C14, a radioactive isotope of carbon in 1940. This isotope lead to many advances in the fields of biochemistry and medicine as well as its use in carbon dating for archeology

Theatre artists[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Edgar Manske - member of the College Football Hall of Fame, former assistant football coach at Cal under Pappy Waldorf; taught biology at Berkeley High for 20 years (1955–1975).


  1. ^ Seizing the Time with the Black Panther Founder. Retrieved 19-2-2011.
  2. ^ Zwikel, Toby (1977-06-09). "Basketball remains first love of Dodgers' Burke". The Valley News (Van Nuys). Retrieved 2007-01-29. [dead link]
  3. ^ Jones, Carolyn (2012-01-11). "George Livingston, Richmond's 1st black elected mayor". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 

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