Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Sheilagh Andujar, Principal 2003-2013
It didn’t take long for me to realize that Tech was an Oakland high school steeped in tradition and a vibrant piece of the community. I was informed that generations of families had graduated from Tech and were proud Bulldogs to this day. Initially, I was considered an outsider that needed to prove my commitment to the school and community, but over time it became clear that I was “in it” for the long-haul. The challenges were many: stabilizing a chaotic school culture with numerous security issues, creating more equitable opportunities for all students, and rebounding from an inferior WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation of 2 years.
There were successes including: earning a 6-year WASC accreditation, enrollment growth in the midst of a decline in OUSD enrollment, expansion of academies and programs (Performing Arts, FADA, Digital Arts & Animation), facilities improvement through a modernization project and PTSA partnership.
I have many memories which I’ll list in no particular order:
Walking on to the Tech campus for the first time brought out the mom in me, pushing for high expectations and feeling the resistance.
Maryann Wolfe and Marietta Joe! Unsung Heroes!
The 4-year modernization project: a lesson in patience, compromise and keeping standards high
Family involvement and investment in the school community is remarkable.
Tech is a school poised to become a model of school-wide excellence. Here’s to another 100 years of providing a quality education for Oakland students.