Oakland Technical High School  (Photo by greenkozi)

Oakland Technical High School ("Oakland Tech") is part of the Oakland Unified School District, and is known for its humanities Paideia program and its system of specialized academies (e.g. Engineering, Health, Biotech, Computer, etc.). During the 2009-2010 academic year, the school had approximately 1,700 students. The sports teams mascot is the Bulldogs.

Currently, Oakland Tech offers the following for its students:  Starting in their first year at Tech, Freshmen usually take classes such as California Studies, Algebra I or Geometry, English 1, and/or a foreign language class. Beginning in the 10th grade, students may enter the Paideia program if they performed well in their California Studies and English 1 classes. Also, 10th grade students may enter one of the academies offered at Oakland Tech. Continuation in the Paideia program and academies depends on continued academic success.

Won 2014 "Readers' Choice" Best Public High School in Oakland Magazine. (Tied with Piedmont High which is not in Oakland.)

Oakland Tech
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4351 Broadway, Oakland, California




Oakland Technical High School, Oakland, California (1920's) 1c.1917 from Oakland History Room

Technical High School, 47th & Broadway, Oakland, 1919

Opened on January 5, 1914, Oakland Tech is rich with history and tradition. 2 The main building is original and was designed by John J. Donovan, while the other buildings were built subsequently. Oakland Tech athletics performed well over the years capturing a dozen OAL titles.

The current school building replaced an earlier school originally called Central High School, then Polytechnic High School, and finally Manual Training and Commercial High School. 3 During construction, the school was referenced by both of the last two names. 4 It is not yet known when they settled on Oakland Technical High School as the name for the new school. 

A group of parents and alumni worked to preserve memories of the Oakland Tech Centennial. A 2014 article by Annalee Allen noted that they planned to publish a memory book. 5 The book was published and printed in limited quantities in late 2014. 6

On July 23, 1985, Oakland Technical High School was designated Oakland Landmark number 99, under Zoning Case #LM 85-212.


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Links and References

  1. Oakland Technical High School, Oakland, California Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room and Maps Division
  2. Oakland Tech Centennial - History
  3. High School Grads Will Support Bonds Oakland Enquirer May 11, 1912
  4. Break Ground For New Shops  Oakland Tribune January 6, 1913
  5. Oakland Tech memories sought, Annalee Allen Oakland Tribune March 30, 2014
  6. Buy the Centennial Book (via Wayback Machine)