AUSD Breaks Ground, Fence at Alameda High

Dennis Evanosky A major feature of the groundbreaking at Alameda High School Monday was the breaking down of the fence surrounding the historic building.


In a groundbreaking ceremony held Monday, Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and city officials gathered to celebrate progress on complete restoration of the Historic Alameda High School (HAHS). As part of the ceremony, a front loader pushed down a portion of the fence surrounding HAHS. The retrofit and restoration, which was designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, will be paid for out of funds from the 2014 Measure I Facilities Bond. The project is expected to be complete by December 2019.

The 100,000-square-foot historic high school building, which was constructed in 1924, is a registered Historical Landmark. Over the years, it has contained classrooms, the district office, the Alameda Adult School and the Alameda Free Library. 

The library moved out in 2006. The district office relocated in 2013 after seismic experts deemed the building unsafe. HAHS was then surrounded by the somewhat unpopular brown “earthquake” fence and has stood empty ever since.