Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Camille Chupp Reed ’61
The Steinway Restoration Project
When we got together to plan the reunion, I asked about a class gift. The principal took me to the music teacher who, in passing, mentioned the piano, in a box and shoved into a back corner, as the dream too expensive to consider. The school had purchased it at Steinway in 1917 and had it shipped by rail. The restoration, by J.B. Piano in San Rafael, took several months and cost nearly $24,000. We were heartened to see how many people embraced this project. Many contributions came with notes honoring their music teacher from some class, in memory of a departed loved one, in honor of the school, etc. We were also able to add a piano bench. We are proud of what we were able to do for our school!