Castlemont High School
Coordinates: Castlemont High School is a public high school in Oakland, California, United States, originally known as East Oakland High School. It is part of the Oakland Unified School District. The Castlemont name was selected by a vote of the students.
Castlemont High School was founded in 1929 in a medieval-style building. The architecture inspires many of the school traditions, such as the sports teams being named "Knights" and "Crusaders" and the school newspaper Ye Castle Crier. The motto is "Build on and make thy castles high and fair, rising upward to the skies."
Its Basketball teams in, 1969, 1976, & 1979 were winners of the Tournament of Champions (T.O.C.), formerly the northern California championships, and its track team in 1975 Maurice Glass held high school indoor sprint record. In 1983, Derrick Adams took first place in the 130 lbs wrestling California State Championship, the only Oakland Section person to ever place first in his weight class.
Former School Choir, "The Castleers", whose members in the 1970s toured the world performing a variety of songs that included R&B and gospel.
Castlemont Community of Small Schools
For an eight-year period, from 2004 to 2012, the large school housed three separate smaller schools called the Castlemont Community of Small Schools. The smaller schools were known by the names:
- Castlemont Leadership Preparatory High (10-12)
- Castlemont Business and Information Technology School (10-12) (CBITIS)
- East Oakland School of the Arts (10-12)
- Freshman Prep Academy (FPA)
The school opened back under the reunified name "Castlemont High School" in the fall of 2012.
Notable alumni of Castlemont Senior High School include:
- Randy Sparks, The Christie Minstrels.
- Burton Christenson (1922-1998), World War II Veteran part of the 101st Airborne Division 506 PIR, made famous by the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers
- Larry Graham, former bass player with Sly and the Family Stone
- Joe Morgan (b. 1943), baseball Hall of Famer, class of 1962 
- Clifford T. Robinson (Class of 1977), NBA Small forward
- Fred Silva (b. 1927), NFL official from 1968 to 1988, referee for Super Bowl XIV 
- Tony! Toni! Toné!, musical group
- Fred Korematsu - Fought for Japanese-American rights in World War II
- Steve Reeves (1926–2000) class of 1944 bodybuilder, actor, horse breeder, fitness author
- Gary Pettis (b. 1958) Major League Baseball player, current first base coach of the Houston Astros
- Herman Hutchinson (b. 1941) Football (1956-1958) University of California most yards gained (1958)
- Kelvin Curry Class of 1981 (b. 1963) American Visual Artist (1989–present)
- Marcus Cotton USC, NFL Football player
- June Pointer (1953-2006) American Pop/R&B singer, The Pointer Sisters
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