Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Open Letter to Oakland Tech Alumni
In June 2012, representatives of the Oakland Tech PTSA (parent-teacher-student-association) , alumni, and school faculty met in preparation for the school’s 100th anniversary in September 2014. The previous milestone for the 75th anniversary was met with a speech and limited acknowledgment. This group wanted to make this event much more significant. This group has created a comprehensive business and action plan to take us through the Centennial.
Goals of this group include:
Bring North Oakland, Oakland Tech Students/Supporters, and Oakland Tech Alumni from 1915-2015 together to remember, to network, to improve Oakland Tech.
To have a series of events highlighting this special place: Kickoff events with an August 2014 picnic, a street fair at Tech with the community; several Student oriented events throughout the year, and May 2015 Alumni celebrations to include: Alumni Mixer, Alumni Picnic, Alumni Gala….possibly new time capsule, Golf Tournament and Winery Party.
To create a network of 5,000 active members. To identify in a directory Tech Alumni, with the purpose of establishing communication to support future projects and learn how to support various alumni businesses and organizations.
RAISING $1,000,000 to improve TECH: school repainting/touch up; Oakland Tech Nonprofit Endowment, Oakland Tech capital campaigns, library improvements, resources to help students become college ready.
Improving the area around the school; enabling TECH to expand its community reach, and allowing the opportunity to incubate business opportunities in the area.
To have fun
This Saturday, as with each 3rd Saturday, September 21 (11am-1pm), we are calling on you to come to the General Membership meeting at the Oakland Tech Library. The group and special committees will catch up after the summer; just one year before the start of the 100th school year to develop the program.
1. Committed people–we need you to run the committees; at least come and be members.
2. Talent, Treasure, Time, and Tutelage. If you have a particular business skill or occupation, we need it. If you donate money; WE NEED IT. If everyone gives $100 to the Centennial, we will raise $500k!!!!! If you don’t have the money, we need you to help us find it: grants, foundations, sponsors. If you have the time, you can help with so much. If you have the ability to train someone else, it is a blessing that we can use.
3. FIND OTHER TECH people to get involved with the Centennial.
Please feel free to contact me at any time.
Harold Lowe, Steering Committee Chair