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Then & Now – Oakland Schools Part 1 – B

This is a continuation of Part 1 – University High School

I hope to show Then and Now images of most of the schools, along with a bit of history of each school I show. Some of the photos are in the form of drawings, postcards, or from the pages in history books.

Note: Piecing together the history of some of the older schools is sometimes tricky. I do this all at home and online — a work in progress for some. I have been updating my posts when I find something new. Let me know of any mistakes or additions.

University High School

University High School, which was built in 1922 and opened in 1923 and was designed by Charles W. Dickey.  The school is located at 5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, (the original street name was Grove Street, but became MLK, Jr. Way in 1984)

The school initially opened in 1923 at what was 5714 Grove Street. “UNI” gained the reputation of the “feeder” high school of Oakland of students directly to the University of California.

 

The high school was closed following World War II in 1948.

University High School Circa 1922

In 1954, the campus was converted into the first location of Oakland City College, which later became Merritt College. Merritt College moved to its new campus in 1967. In the early 1970s, the location temporarily became a high school again, as Oakland Technical High School moved its students into the campus. In contrast, its normal location was retrofitted for earthquake safety. At the time, many called this site “Old Tech,” although Oakland Tech was actually opened at its current location in 1914, before University High School.

National Register of Historic Places

This site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

The following photos are from the 1992 National Historic Places Registration Form.

National Register of Historic Places
University High School
The National Historic Places Register Reference Number is 92001300.
National Register of Historic Places
University High School
The National Historic Places Register Reference Number is 92001300.
National Register of Historic Places
University High School
The National Historic Places Register Reference Number is 92001300.
National Register of Historic Places
University High School
The National Historic Places Register Reference Number is 92001300.
National Register of Historic Places
University High School
The National Historic Places Register Reference Number is 92001300.
National Register of Historic Places
University High School
The National Historic Places Register Reference Number is 92001300.
National Register of Historic Places
University High School
The National Historic Places Register Reference Number is 92001300.
National Register of Historic Places
University High School
The National Historic Places Register Reference Number is 92001300.
National Register of Historic Places
University High School
The National Historic Places Register Reference Number is 92001300.

University High School Today

University High Today

The school is now used by the North Oakland Senior Center. Annual events at the Center include holiday dances, birthday parties, and flea markets. There are weekly salsa, swing and line dancing classes, along with activities such as Tai Chi and blood pressure screening.

More Info:

The End

Author:

II have been an Oakland history buff since going on an Oakland Heritage Alliance Tour of the Fernwood Neighborhood in the Montclair District of Oakland, in the mid-'80s. On that tour, I learned that there use to be a train (Sacramento Northern) that ran through Montclair in the early 1900s and that people lived the area as early as 1860s — been hooked ever since. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into the history of Montclair, and I have learned a lot. I feel this will be the best way to get it out of my head and onto paper.

One thought on “Then & Now – Oakland Schools Part 1 – B

  1. Enjoyed your compilation on Uni High. Both my Mom, uncle and a couple other relatives were students there and I have a couple of the student publications. — Bonnie

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