In response to unruly behavior on the Berkeley High campus Oct. 24, and the current absence of top leadership at the school, Berkeley Unified School District Superintendent Donald Evans has asked the school’s former principal to take a more active role in the day-to-day running of the school, and has committed to having a new principal in place by July 1, 2015.
I am a senior at Berkeley High School, I’ve been in school Leadership — a student government organization — for all four years, and I was present at Friday’s Rally Day mob scene. I know it got completely out of hand. It is 100% unacceptable for anyone to be physically hurt, and the firecracker that sounded like a gunshot was frightening. Reading through multiple articles, comments and responses from the administration, all of the blame has been put on the students, especially senior class. Clearly all of the student body shares responsibility for the events that happened, but so does the administration.
A Berkeley High staffer was sent to the hospital Friday with a head injury sustained during what the school describes as a mob scene involving an estimated 500 students “participating in hazing and bullying behavior,” chanting and throwing objects, including glass bottles.
In the last two weeks, Berkeley High officials have sent out close to 2,000 letters telling students they have been truant, but they are regarding the number as an achievement.
Spirit Week at Berkeley High was, well, as spirited as one would expect. Students put their all into the daily costume themes, and the red and gold hued Friday finale of Spirit Rally included performances at the community theater and two special tributes to friends who passed away recently: Malik Grayson and Tim Moellering.
At least two of Berkeley High’s teams are riding high in the wake of Spirit Week. The girls’ golf team won their league and last week placed 10th out of 33 teams in the Division I golf qualifier. That achievement gained them entry to the Norcal Division I championships, which start today at Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch.
If you have driven by Berkeley High this week, you may have seen students wandering around in some crazy costumes. And on Friday, be prepared to see a mass of red and gold.
Scott Willson has been teaching math at Berkeley High for eleven years but he thinks he’s having his best year ever right now.
Students from Berkeley High are getting stoned in the park across the street from the school and in alleyways and other “out of the way” places in the downtown area, “morning, lunchtime, and mid-afternoon,” according to a new report which presents a plan to curb student drug and alcohol use.
It’s Rally Day today at Berkeley High School. My freshman son has enjoyed his first Spirit Week at BHS, as he has enjoyed most of his BHS experience so far. But Spirit Week seems to have a different meaning for some students.