Students walk past a sign directing mask usage

How is Berkeley High Responding to the Omicron Variant Surge?

In the past few weeks, over 300 students attending Berkeley High School tested positive for COVID-19, due largely to the surge of the Omicron variant and increased rapid testing in Berkeley Unified School District.

 New vice principal Gabriel Fredman wants to partner with students to improve BHS.

BHS Brings On New VPs Gabriel Fredman and Thom Reinhardt


Gabriel Fredman  Gabriel Fredman, born and raised in Berkeley, was recently hired as one of Berkeley High School’s vice principals. A BHS graduate from the class of 1997, Fredman said his deep ties to the Berkeley community have inspired his dedication to building a collaborative and unified BHS environment.  Fredman began his career in

‘This Is Our Future:’ Bay Area Youth Strike Against Line Three


Students from Berkeley High School, as well as other Bay Area schools, participated in a climate strike on Friday, August 27.  The strike protested Pipeline 3, California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s support of the fossil fuel industry, and the lack of action regarding unsafe conditions around the Hunters’ Point Naval Shipyard in San

Leila Mirza is a BHS junior running for ASB president.

2021 Presents All Female Candidates for ASB President and Vice President


In past years, president and vice president Associated Student Body candidates would tape flyers onto hallway walls, give speeches at assemblies, and go from class to class vouching for their ideas and platforms.

Short-Term Acts of Charity Will Not Solve Wealth Inequality In Berkeley


As the Berkeley community celebrates the holidays after a tumultuous and tragic year, generosity and gratitude are needed more than ever. Berkeley has a robust culture of charity and donation, amplified by the increasing affluence of the community over the years.

Juana Alicia taught Berkeley High School students in the

Muralist Juana Alicia Inspires Social Change Through Provoking Public Art


Art comes in many forms. Paintings, lined up on a blank wall at a museum, spotlighted sculptures in crowded galleries, a photographed bowl of fruit above someone’s kitchen table.

Trash bags lie at canyon in the Berkeley Hills, where Milo Moses has been working to collect litter.

BHS Student Initiates Berkeley Hills Trash Cleanup Project


The many prominent issues relevant to today’s world can make it overwhelming to decide who and how to help. But Berkeley High School junior Milo Moses proved that starting a project and putting in effort can make creating change completely achievable.

Berkeley Unified School District Adopts a Creative Distance Learning Plan


In the midst of a pandemic that has killed over 170,000 Americans, school districts across the country scramble as they begin the second iteration of online learning.

Live Coronavirus Data for Berkeley and Alameda County


The Jacket is tracking pandemic data in Berkeley, Alameda County, and other Bay Area counties. Interact with the charts and map on this page to see data for a specific date or ZIP code.

Shelter-in-Place Orders Disrupt the Academic Track for Berkeley High School Juniors


For most high schoolers, junior year is one of fabled difficulty. Juniors typically suffer through multiple Advanced Placement classes, the SAT/ACT, sports, extracurriculars, and the general anxiety of a “make or break” year.

Principal Erin Schweng at the Berkeley High Class of 2018 graduation at the Greek Theatre.

Principal Erin Schweng Bids Farewell to Berkeley High School After 3 Years

On Monday, April 20 at 3:06 PM, Berkeley High School’s Principal Erin Schweng announced that she will not be returning to BHS after the 2019-20 school year.

The Decade in Review


2010-2020 at Berkeley High School The Decade in Review BY ELLA LANGENTHAL features editor As December comes to a close, it brings with it not only the start of a new year but the beginning of a whole new decade.

Jerome Paulos

Red & Gold Day


BY NATE KAPLAN For as long as many Berkeley High School students and teachers can remember, Red and Gold Day, formerly known as Rally Day, has been a beloved tradition.

Karen Korematsu Visits BIHS Following Curriculum Addition


On Thursday, October 24, Karen Korematsu visited Berkeley High School to speak about her father’s involvement with Japanese American incarceration during World War II.

Berkeley Food Network Moves to More Permanent Location


On Thursday, September 19, hundreds gathered in a large warehouse on University Avenue to celebrate the Berkeley Food Network’s transition from operating out of rented food storage facilities to a more permanent warehouse residence.

Latinx Heritage Month


The Jacket published a special issue for Latinx Heritage Month. Pick up a copy of the paper to see all the special features.

Jerome Paulos

Climate Strike


“You will die from old age, I will die from climate change” Jerome Paulos On September 20th, 2019, about 8,000 climate activists rallied in Downtown San Francisco to demand climate action from political leaders.



By Clara Mizock Berkeley High School class of 2019, your time here has finally come to an end. I’m sure you’re excited to begin the next chapter of your lives and leave your high school years behind, but we won’t be forgetting you any time soon.