Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Louis Conway ’76
Louis Conway played on the school’s basketball team with Rickey Henderson that won the city championship in 1975 and 1976. Louis grew up with Rickey Henderson and would play sports with him at Bushrod Park on Shattuck Avenue in Oakland while in elementary school. According to Louis, Rickey was an all-around athlete and very popular. Rickey also played football in addition to baseball and basketball, but the basketball coach discouraged football for his players because he wanted to avoid injury to his team. Louis remembers a few teachers who were caring but strict which helped him keep his focus at school– Ms. Crisby in 10th grade and Mr. Hirsh in 11th and 12th grades who were English teachers and “on my case.” Ms. McDonald taught cooking– Louis made her recipe for icebox cookies for his friends in the neighborhood to great acclaim.