Alameda High


Have you ever wondered where the batteries used in our daily appliances come from? The batteries contain cobalt, a raw material mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and often mined by children. 

I am a senior at Alameda High School. I am writing to reach out to the community in hopes of expanding my committee to create a sister city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, ideally the city of Kolwezi.

But why? We are in the Bay Area, home to the Silicon Valley, the hub of the tech world.


The second annual Alameda High School (AHS) Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at the Alameda Elks Lodge. The AHS Hall of Fame Committee will be inducting 10 more athletes that achieved great athletic feats while sporting the black-and-gold AHS colors.  

Eddie Fry, class of 1943, was the top-ranked junior golfer in the United States during the early 1940s. He won the Alameda Commuters while a student at AHS. At age 18 he enlisted in the Army and was tragically killed in action in 1944.

Three graduating high school seniors in Alameda have been awarded 2018 eQuality Scholarships for their service to the LGBT+ community. 

Kaitlin Alcontin and Ella Burk, students at Encinal High, and Danny Charney of Alameda High were among the 19 recipients announced at the 29th eQuality Scholarship Awards Dinner held May 14 at Delancey Street Town Hall in San Francisco.

Each student was awarded $6,000 toward their post-secondary education, bringing the total distributed to more than $1.3 million since the first scholarship was awarded in 1989.


Alameda High School (AHS) student-athlete Ramir Smith won the men’s 100-meter dash competition at the Granada Distance and Sprint Festival Saturday, April 14, at Granada High in Livermore.

Smith, a senior, posted a time of 10.94 in the sprint. Junior Akil Riley of Oakland Tech came in second place at 11.08. Senior Danny Maguire of Monte Vista High in Danville placed third with a time of 11.19. His teammate Elijah Sheppard came in fourth place with a time of 11.20. Senior Trokon Johnson of James Logan in Union City rounded out the top five with a time of 11.25.


The Alameda Police Department (APD) arrested a suspect who allegedly wrote graffiti on a bathroom wall at Alameda High School (AHS) threatening violence against Muslim students. 

The suspect was arrested at 8:34 a.m. on Friday, March 16, the same day the graffiti was first discovered, according to APD reports. Description of the suspect was withheld. The suspect was charged with a hate crime.

The Alameda High men’s basketball team won its first NorCal regional title after a thrilling 76-66 overtime victory over St. Mary’s of Stockton at home last Saturday, March 17.

Alameda High alum Keelan Doss finished third for the Walter Payton Award given to the offensive player of the year in the college Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Doss, a wide receiver for the University of California Davis Aggies, finished behind quarterbacks Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Tex., and Chris Streveler of University of South Dakota. The award was handed out at the STATS FCS Banquet and Presentation on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Tex.

On Nov. 4, two students at Alameda High School, brothers Patrick and Andrew Nguyen, organized “Warmth in the Winter,” a music and dance benefit concert. The event, which took place at St. Philip Neri’s O’Brien Hall, included youth from across Alameda. Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer was there along with many other atendees. Donations, totaling more than $2,500, were used to purchase sleeping bags for the homeless in Alameda.

The high school basketball season is underway and all six Alameda teams are playing well on the hardwood.

School on site of Alameda High burned in one of city’s worst fires

In 1879, Alameda students started attending a new elementary school on Alameda Avenue near Oak Street. The members of the board of trustees who oversaw education in the city chose to name the school to remember one of their late colleagues Nathan Porter, a former board member who went on to serve in the State Senate. Porter had passed away on Jan. 7, 1878.