H96.1.2070

c. 1955
10 in HIGH x 8 in WIDE
(25.40 cm HIGH x 20.32 cm WIDE)
The Oakland Tribune Collection, the Oakland Museum of California. Gift of ANG Newspapers
H96.1.2070

Oakland Coliseum sports bar, August 1996-1998

Clipping on the back, June 4, 1968-- "Mack drum-beater went on to greater things." Jul. 25, 1992-- "Bill Russell was more than a basketball warrior who won Olympic gold in 1956. He was a one-time mascot for the McClymonds High Warriors." Photo shows Russell in Indian costume sitting on the ground of the football field with a crowd in the bleachers in the distance behind him. He is wearing a head-dress, a blanket wrapped around his shoulders, socks, and moccasins. A drum is resting on his leg and he has a fake tomahawk in his left hand. (P.Lau, 8/2002) The History of McClymonds High School In January 1915, McClymonds High School began in a small building formerly occupied by Oakland Technical High School. Originally the school started with sixty students and was called Vocational High School. It was the first public school in California to offer summer school. About 1920, the name was changed to McClymonds Vocational School, honoring Mr. J.W. McClymonds, who served as superintendent of the Oakland Public Schools for many years. In 1923, the school moved to a new half million dollar building at the 26th and Myrtle Street, and the name was changed to the J.W. McClymonds High School. In 1927, with $325,000 spent on additional classrooms, the school became more of a regular school than a summer school. Then in 1933, the legislative act was passed, regulating school building construction. It said that schools should have steel and structural support on the inside. The building did not meet these requirements. The school decided to move again, this time back to 12th and Myrtle Street in the same building with Lowell Junior High School. McClymonds High thereby became a four year high school. The name changed from J.W. McClymonds to Lowell McClymonds and then to McClymonds Lowell High School. Finally in September 1938, the official name of the school became McClymonds High School. Though the school started with only a vocational instructional program, it has developed into a regular four year high school.

Used: Oakland Tribune

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