Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Phyllis Hoover ’58
Perhaps my favorite memories of my years at Tech are of being in the choir under Iris Jones and then Harry Spencer. Both were excellent directors and fun to be around. We always opened our big musical programs with, ” It’s time for music, soft and sweet and low…” We visited junior highs and gave concerts, went to Cal State competitions, and sang for graduation. Music has been a big part of my life ever since, and I will always be grateful for those two teachers who gave me a start in choral singing. Iris Jones later visited my classroom as a music supervisor for the Oakland Public Schools when I taught at Franklin School in Oakland. She was still a dynamic teacher, this time to my first and second graders.