The history of Alameda schools goes back more than 150 years. Former Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) board president Mike McMahon compiled a history of Alameda’s schools that forms the basis of this article. The photos come courtesy of Alameda Museum curator George Gunn who recently acquired them from an Alameda family. At left they are, clockwise from top left, Bay Farm, Haight, Mastick, Wilson, Porter and Longfellow schools. At lower right, not pictured on the cover, is Everett School.

Alameda Schools History Chronology 

On Monday evening, Sept. 26, 110 Encinal High School students in Kevin Gorham’s Advanced Placement Government and Politics class convened at Wescafe for dinner and to watch the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. The students watched intently as presidential candidates Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump went at it for 90 minutes.


The Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library turns 10 years old this November. To celebrate this milestone the Friends of the Alameda Free Library would like to gather as many Alameda 10-year olds as possible Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. to participate in a group photo to be used for marketing and in media publications.

The picture will be used to advertise the 10th anniversary celebration of the Main Library in local newspapers, on library websites and social media.


The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Measure A Oversight Committee.

Measure A, a parcel tax passed by Alameda voters in 2011, raises $12 million per year for core programs, including advanced placement classes, neighborhood schools, small class sizes in grades K-3, athletics, enrichment and technology. It sunsets in 2018.


Last Monday was the first day of school for the public schools in Alameda. Playgrounds like the one at Franklin School, above, have been quiet for months but are now bustling with students. Remember to obey the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit both in school zones and just about everywhere else in town. Many kids walk and bike to school and their safety depends on safe drivers.