Oakland High School (Oakland, California)

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Coordinates: 37°48′17.58″N 122°14′10.43″W / 37.8048833°N 122.2362306°W / 37.8048833; -122.2362306

Oakland High School
1023 MacArthur Boulevard


United States
TypePublic, magnet
Motto"In Virtue Summum Bonum Ponamus"
(In virtue we place the highest good.)
School districtOakland Unified School District
PrincipalMatin Abdel-Qawi
Enrollment1,562[1] (2016-17)
Athletics conferenceCIF Oakland Section
NewspaperThe Aegis
YearbookThe 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 School, 1872-1895

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 royal 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 2016-2017 principal is Matin Abdel-Qawi. Assistant principals are Ana Vasquez, John-Paul Ballou, Pamela Moy, Vonzele Reed, and Shoshanna Towers. Other administrative positions include Kaprice Wilson (Truancy Reduction), Amy Dellefield (Student Activities Director), Stephen Spinola (Athletic Director), and Rany Ath (Wellness Center Director).[2]

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.[citation needed]

Class colors[edit]

  • Freshmen:     purple
  • Sophomores:      yellow
  • Juniors:      green
  • Seniors:      blue

Student life[edit]

Oakland High School has more than 40 student-run clubs and 24 sports.[citation needed]



OHS offers many Advanced Placement (AP) courses, an Honors (HP) course, 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.

HP course[edit]

  • Advanced Biology HP

AP courses[edit]

  • Biology AP
  • Calculus AB AP
  • Calculus BC AP
  • Chemistry AP
  • Computer Science Principles AP
  • Environmental Science AP
  • Spanish Language and Culture AP
  • Spanish Literature and Culture AP
  • Statistics AP
  • US History AP
  • World History AP

Test scores[edit]

For 2013, the school's API score was 634 out of a possible 1,000 points.

California Standard Tests Scores, proficiency rate [1]
English Mathematics Science History/Social
38% 17% 32% 15%


Visual Arts Academy Magnet Program (VAAMP)[edit]

VAAMP teaches student how to be creative and piques their interest in art. Led by Daniel Spinka, VAAMP is thriving with new young artists. An art-based academy, VAAMP encourages the artistic and personal growth of young people. VAAMP offers O-High 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 O-High's VAAMPers. Ms. Broussard has taught many students about what artists truly are.

Environmental Science Academy (ESA)[edit]

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 until 2015.

The Environmental Science 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 hands-on learning and field trips. In ESA, students are given various tools to prepare themselves for the future, such as community service, college courses, and School-to-Career. ESA students go on many excursions, including regular sophomore water quality monitoring at Lake Merritt and an annual trip to Catalina Island.

Sophomore ESA students usually have a block class consisting of Chemistry 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)[edit]

Established in 2011, the Public Health Academy is the newest academy at Oakland High School. Currently ran by Suzanne LeBaron, PHA's 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.

in 2002, The basketball team played Dela Sale in the State Champions Semi-Finals. In 2000, they also won the OAL (Oakland Athletic League basketball against Oakland Tech High School.


  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Oakland High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  2. ^ http://ousdhs.ousd.k12.ca.us/domain/1689
  3. ^ Math Club
  4. ^ Kovner, Guy (2013-03-26). "Robert Nichols". The Press Democrat. Archived from the original on March 31, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-09.

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