Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Kathleen Lowe ’69
My father was raised in Oakland from age 5, and my mother was born in Oakland. I am bi-racial and it was illegal for my parents to marry in California in 1948 so they went to Washington State. The academic part of the school is a blur, but I was part of a new era when girls who were athletic had an opportunity to learn from someone that pushed you and made you better, like Mrs. “E” or Eichelberger. In 1967 the first interracial dance was introduced and a success at Tech. The day Martin Luther King was murdered, there was a riot in the school. It was a good time, yet unstable as far as political changes in the world.