Skyline High School (Oakland, California)

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Coordinates: 37°47′56″N 122°9′42″W / 37.79889°N 122.16167°W / 37.79889; -122.16167

12250 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, California 94619
United States
Type Public high school
Motto Veritas (Truth)
Established 1959
School district Oakland Unified School District
Oversight Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Principal Nancy Bloom[1]
Faculty 143
Teaching staff 96.79 FTE
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,845 (2014-15)[2]
Campus Urban
45 acres (0.18km2)
Color(s)      Red
Athletics Oakland Athletic League
Mascot Titan
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
National ranking 25
Newspaper The Skyline Oracle
Yearbook The Olympian

Skyline High School (also known as SHS) is a public high school in Oakland, California, United States. It is part of the Oakland Unified School District.

Skyline High School entrance, 2009

Administration and academics[edit]

Selmer Berg auditorium, home to the Farnsworth Theater at Skyline High School

For the 2014-2015 school year, the principal was Vinh Trinh and the assistant principals were Marisol Arkin, Anya Gurholdt, Elin Peinado and Christina Macalino.[3][4]

In July 2015, it was announced that Trinh was resigning.[5] The interim principal as of August 2015 is Claude Jenkins.[6] For the 2015-2016 school year, the assistant principals were Vinnie Blye, Emiliano Figueroa, Gary Middleton and Nikki Seaberg.[6] The 2017-18 school year will see Ms. Nancy Bloom as the head principal with Dr. Christina Macalino serving as the 9th Grade Atlas/Small Learning Communities principal.[1]

Under Trinh, a program was designed through which Skyline students can simultaneously earn a Berkeley City College degree and a high school diploma.[5][7]

Skyline High School students must choose one of four academies by their 10th grade year.[citation needed] Academies are "schools within a school" centered on career fields. Ninth grade students apply to the academy of their choice in the spring semester. Students study with the same team of teachers and group of students from 10th to 12th grades in their English/social studies and academy lab courses. Some courses include math and/or science, depending on the academy of choice. Students can take advantage of internships and paid summer jobs in their fields.[8]


Skyline High School is located on a 45-acre (180,000 m2) campus at the crest of the Oakland hills. The campus is near the Redwood Regional Park and has a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay Area. The campus is located in an affluent residential neighborhood away from commercial venues.[citation needed]

The Atlas Freshman House[edit]

In 2009, Skyline launched Atlas, a program for freshmen. In the Atlas system, each ninth grader is placed in a team named after a mythological figure represented by Skyline's mascot, the Titan. Atlas is the Titan who carries the heavens on his shoulders, so giving his name to the freshman house symbolizes a commitment to building a strong foundation for a new Skyline. Each ninth grader shares the same four teachers for Math, Social Studies, English, and Science. This provides teachers with a greater opportunity to intercommunicate about the students' social and academic development. Freshmen can take an "Advisory" period during which they receive lessons in academic and career planning, study skills, interpersonal development and citizenship. With each teacher serving as an advisor for 25 students, the Atlas system allows for greater connection between teachers, students, and families. As one teacher stated, "No one falls through the cracks."[9]


Skyline High School's first graduating class was the class of 1962. At that time, the student body was predominantly White. The school's demographics have changed over the years. In 2016-2017 Skyline had over 1800 students with an approximate demographic distribution of:[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "". Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Skyline High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ Skyline Selected to Share $6.2 Million in Federal Money : The Skyline Oracle Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Kyung Jin Lee. "Oakland's Skyline High community sings high praise for its principal". Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Skyline High School's principal resigning". Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Principals / Claude Jenkins - Interim Principal". Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Community college degrees offered at Oakland's Skyline High School". Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Skyline High School
  9. ^ Skyline High School
  10. ^ "Skyline High School". Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Will Blackwell". Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Derrick Gardner". Retrieved May 15, 2015. 

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