In this series of posts, I hope to show Then and Now images Oakland Schools. Along with a bit of history of each school, I highlight.
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.
Montera Junior High
Montera and Joaquin Miller Schools are located where Camp Dimond owned by the Boy Scouts once was. The camp opened in 1919 and closed in 1949 when the land purchased by the board of education.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held in December of 1957. The school was next to Joaquin Miller Elementary School. Speakers at the event were Peter C. Jurs, member of the board, Mrs. Robert Hithcock, President of the Joaquin Miller PTA, Zoe Kenton, eighth-grade student, Jim Ida seventh grade student, and Supt Selmer Berg. Rev Robert H. Carley led the invocation.
Malcolm D. Reynolds and Loy Chamberlain designed the school. The new school featured: Administration Offices.
Naming the School
The school was temporarily called Joaquin Miller Junior High that was because it is adjacent to Joaquin Miller Elementary School.
As is the case of all new Oakland School, the students, faculty, and community help choose the name of the school.
Recommendations to the school board from the school’s parent -facility club were as follows:
- Jack London Junior High
- Montera Junior High
- Pineview Junior High
They were set to vote on the name at the next board meeting. Before they could vote, they received a second letter from the parent-faculty club at the school withdrawing the recommendation of Jack London Junior High.
The parents said that
London was not a fit person for the honor.“Parent – Faculty
A student representative said, “Montera Junior High” was the top choice for those attending the school. The area was known historically as the Montera District.
The school was formally dedicated as Montera Junior High on November 10, 1959
Montera is located at 5555 Ascot Drive.
- Website – OUSD
In 2011, Montera became a California Distinguished School. The woodshop is another source of school pride, having celebrated over 50 years of teaching children the arts of woodcraft. It is the only remaining woodshop in an Oakland middle school.
- Savings Sought for School Jobs – Oakland Tribune Aug 22, 1956
- School Plans Ok’d – Oakland Tribune Sep 19, 1956
- Contract Awarded – Oakland Tribune Nov 20, 1957
- Quellmalz Named Principal – Mar 11. 1959 Oakland Tribune
- Jack London Name Urged – Oakland Tribune Oct 21, 1959
- Is Named ‘Montera’ – Oakland Tribune Nov 04, 1959
- Film Festival – Oakland Tribune Mar 31, 1971