On Thursday, February 27, Berkeley High School hosted an “informance” from the Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Sextet during third period. Renowned jazz musician and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, a BHS alumnus, and critically-acclaimed vocalist Lisa Henry joined six high school students from across the country for an hour-long jazz performance and lecture.
In nine months’ time, voters across the country will be casting their ballots on both the national and local level. On that first Tuesday in November, the citizens of Berkeley will be presented with a ballot containing numerous new measures pertaining specifically to the city. One topic important to our community is resuming funding for Willard Pool as a part of a larger Parks and Recreation bond measure.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the Berkeley Community Theater on February 23 to give a talk entitled “How to Achieve Happiness.” The Dalai Lama’s visit was hosted by the Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC), an organization founded in 1990 designed to provide a community for Tibetans in the area. On his Bay Area tour, the Dalai Lama also made appearances in San Francisco and Santa Clara.
Recently, the School Bord made plans to rebuild the track at Berkeley High School. Plans for the new track at BHS are likely to be completed by February 19, 2015 in hopes of building the new facility over summer break.
The plan was first publicized on January 29 and is scheduled to be fully approved by April of this year.
The costs will be paid for by funds collected through Measure H (a tax on Berkeley home-owners given to public schools).
On February 7, 2014 21-year-old University of California Berkeley student Ted Agu (‘14) passed away. Agu experienced extreme fatigue during a training run and was cautiously carted back to the football stadium by training staff. While entering Memorial Stadium he suddenly collapsed. The Cal training staff administered CPR and used a defibrillator until paramedics arrived, taking Agu to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, where he eventually passed away.
In cities around the Bay Area, groups such as the Lift Up Oakland Coalition are advocating for proposals to raise minimum wage. In Oakland, a suggested wage of $12.25 will be brought to the ballot in November, a significant increase from the California minimum wage of $8 an hour. Many feel that, although the statewide minimum wage is higher than the federal $7.25, it simply isn’t enough to support workers and their families.
The proposal imposes a one cent-per-ounce tax on distributors of drinks that have caloric sweeteners, including sodas, energy drinks, and sweetened iced teas. The tax would not apply to diet drinks. Advocates of the tax, a coalition that uses the name “Berkeley vs. Big Soda,” came to the meeting, vocalizing their opinions and carrying signs that read “protect our children.”
On Wednesday, March 12, bestselling author and Berkeley High alumna Anna Godbersen returned to Berkeley High. In the library, she read an excerpt from one of her novels and spoke about her experience as a writer to an audience of several English classes. Godbersen is one of the newest additions to the ranks of notable Berkeley High alumni.
On Monday, students previously taking classes in the portables and in the A-Building entered the new M-Building, located south of Bancroft Way on Milvia St., for the first time. Over the past five years, the Berkeley High School World Languages Department has occupied the temporary classrooms—known as the portables—located behind the athletic field due to the expansion of the department.
On the evening of February 12, Berkeley High School welcomed the incoming class of 2018 onto campus for an information night.
Hundreds of eighth graders and their families attended the event. The main purpose of the night was to familiarize the prospective students and their families with the five small learning communities (SLCs) BHS offers. Visitors were also introduced to members of the administrative team, and had a chance to learn more about the variety of student activities and clubs.