Skyline High School (Oakland, California)
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|12250 Skyline Blvd.
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Oakland Unified School District|
|Oversight||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
45 acres (0.18km2)
|Athletics||Oakland Athletic League|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Newspaper||The Skyline Oracle|
Administration and academics
In July 2015, it was announced that Trinh was resigning. The interim principal as of August 2015 is Claude Jenkins. For the 2015-2016 school year, the assistant principals are Vinnie Blye, Emiliano Figueroa, Gary Middleton and Nikki Seaberg.
Skyline High School students may choose either to pursue in general studies or enroll in one of four academies. 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.
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.
The school has dedicated various parts of the campus to different class levels:
- Senior Lawn
- Junior Quarter
- Sophomore Square
- Freshman Bungalow
The Atlas Freshman House
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."
Skyline High School first graduating class was in 1962. At that time, the student body was predominantly white. The school's demographics have changed over the years. In 2012–2013 Skyline had over 2,000 students with an approximate demographic distribution of:
- 34.7% African American
- 28.3% Hispanic American
- 20.4% Asian American
- 9.8% White
- 0.6% mixed race
- 1.8% Pacific Islanders
- 1.7% Filipino
- 0.3% Native American
- 1% unspecified
Skyline High School has committed to "minimize its energy use, reduce negative environmental impacts and promote environmental stewardship." The Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee has developed a set of ambitious goals for the school to reduce its carbon emissions and eventually achieve carbon neutrality. The "Skyline High is Going Green" website collects information about Skyline's progress toward greenhouse gas emissions reductions and related campus initiatives like courses, research, projects and student groups.
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- C. W. Anderson – wrestler on Extreme Championship Wrestling
- Davone Bess – NFL wide receiver
- Will Blackwell – former NFL wide receiver for Pittsburgh Steelers; head coach of Skyline Football
- Theotis Brown – NFL running back for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Kansas City Chiefs
- Yonus Davis – CFL running back for the BC Lions
- Greg Foster – former NBA player
- Derrick Gardner – football player
- Marcus Jensen – former Major League Baseball catcher and gold medalist in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney
- Brian Johnson – former Major League Baseball catcher
- Bill Lester – Class of 1979, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver
- Gary Payton – former NBA Point Guard for Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat Inducted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
- Bip Roberts – former Major League Baseball All-Star second baseman
- Marvel Smith – NFL offensive linesman for the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Roy Sommer – NHL center for the Edmonton Oilers
- Deon Strother – NFL and CFL player
- Frank Summers – NFL fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Peter Thibeaux – former NBA player for the Golden State Warriors
- Gerris Wilkinson – NFL linebacker for the New York Giants
- Del the Funky Homosapien – rapper of the group Hieroglyphics
- Tom Hanks – Hollywood actor and a two-time Academy Award-winner; Best Actor in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump
- William Kennedy – member of the group Yellowjackets
- Kool A.D. – rapper, artist and author
- Nnegest Likké – Hollywood writer and director of Phat Girlz starring Mo'Nique, Best Supporting Actress in Precious
- LaToya London – American Idol semifinalist, season 3
- Goapele Mohlabane – soul/R&B singer and songwriter
- E.C. Scott – electric blues singer, songwriter and record producer (formerly Ecrettia Jacobs)
- DJ Toure – member of Hieroglyphics collective, record producer, DJ and drummer
- Aaron Woolfolk – film director, screenwriter, The Harimaya Bridge
- Ledisi Anibade Young – soul/R&B and jazz singer, songwriter and actress, seven-time Grammy Award nominee
- Amazon Eve – world's tallest model; actress; Hemlock Grove as Shelley Godfrey and Family Tools as the tall customer; physical trainer
- Vester Lee Flanagan II – perpetrator of the murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward
- Jacob T. Loo – achiever in mathematics and leadership-program subject development
- Paul F. Lorence – captain, U.S. Air Force; killed in action over Gulf of Sidra, Operation Eldorado Canyon, 14–15 April 1986
- Libby Schaaf – politician and current Mayor of Oakland
- Skyline High School
- Skyline Selected to Share $6.2 Million in Federal Money : The Skyline Oracle Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
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- The Green Screen!
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- Skyline High School website
- PSTA (Parent/Teacher/Student Association) website
- Link to 2006-2007 Accountability Progress Reporting
- Skyline High School 1975 (Flickr photo set)
- 1975 Photo gallery on Snapfish
- Campus bird's eye view on Microsoft Virtual Earth
- Skyline High Class of 1992's 20 year reunion web page