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 and photographers[edit]

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


Authors, journalists, and poets[edit]



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[7]
  • Aaron Peskin, 1982 - former president, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Scientists and inventors[edit]

  • Sam Ruben, 1931? - co-discoverer of C14, a radioactive isotope of carbon, in 1940; the isotope led 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]

  • Pumpsie Green - first black player for the Boston Red Sox; coached baseball at Berkeley High for many years
  • 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.
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  3. ^ "Cal's Brittany Boyd is a Naismith semifinalist". San Jose Mercury News. March 3, 2015. Archived from the original on June 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ Zwikel, Toby (1977-06-09). "Basketball remains first love of Dodgers' Burke". The Valley News (Van Nuys). Retrieved 2007-01-29. [dead link]
  5. ^ Ellen Lee, Special to The Chronicle (25 April 2010). "Monster toys are latest designer must-have". SFGate. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Clean Energy Works for Us". 
  7. ^ Jones, Carolyn (2012-01-11). "George Livingston, Richmond's 1st black elected mayor". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 

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