Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Melba Countee ’33
At Tech, Marie Countee was a member of the International Club, a card carrying “Privileged Student” (for good marks and character), and a singer in the Graduation Chorus. She graduated from Tech in 1933, Sacramento Junior College in 1935, and Los Angeles County General Hospital School of Nursing in 1939, the same year she married musician Eugene Arthur Stovall Jr. of Los Angeles. Her nursing career spanned two decades taking her from LA County General Hospital’s pediatric unit to Oakland Children’s Hospital. She had three children and was widowed in 1954. Two years later, Melba graduated from Holy Names College with a Bachelor’s Degree.