Ava Ramsdale




Class of 2023

Ava Ramsdale is a dancer, journalist, and Berkeley High student. They are best known for their participation in ballet and their love for reading, as well as their love for the outdoors.

Seniors have a fun experience in the game of assassin, sneaking through the halls.

Students prioritize fun over feuds in yearly game of assassin


From thrilling stakeouts to well-planned time bombs, this year’s game of assassin at Berkeley High School was filled with many exciting moments, according to the game’s administrator, who chose to remain anonymous.

Micaela Gabaly Fernandez, Yiru Kim, and Sunshine MacCarthy gather at student panel.

BHS considers a Korean language class


Berkeley High School student Yiru Kim first became aware of a possible Korean language class in early February, when the School Director at Oakland Korean School was informing her of a need to implement Korean language classes in schools across the Bay Area.

Reemajah Pollard’s memory leaves impact


“He was very intelligent and he was independent. He persevered through some of the most difficult challenges that a kid can face, so his accomplishments are remarkable and should be celebrated,” said Jessie Luxford, reflecting on Reemajah Pollard’s life.

‘I’m all heart’: A day in the life of Dawn ‘Doc Dub’ Williams


“I’m at a five minute plank now which I’m really proud of. It’s a little competition with me and Michelle Obama, because I heard she does a three minute plank every morning,” said African Diaspora Dance teacher Dawn Williams, affectionately known to her students and staff as “Doc Dub.”  Most mornings, Williams begins her day

Non-traditional framework courses at BHS fight to stay afloat


“I want more students to know about this class because, for whatever reason, I get very specific groups of students, mainly white male students, and I want to promote to more students of color and women,” said Digital Design and Fabrications teacher Klea Bajala.

Someone watching as F- papers float by.

Community college enrollment proves difficult to navigate


In recent years, it has been difficult for Berkeley High School students to sign up for classes at Berkeley City College due to the strenuous process of enrolling and hard to read website.

A student picking a state

BHS seniors weigh the pros and cons of out-of-state universities


These months are crucial for seniors as they send in applications for regular decisions and receive early admission notifications. At Berkeley High School, seniors flock to the College and Career Center in the hopes of getting their essays read or receiving help submitting applications.  Many public and private school applications are due in early

AP curriculum must not be disregarded


Many Berkeley High School  students have had a teacher who begins the year by stating that they don’t like the Advanced Placement curriculum and therefore won’t be teaching it.

Is Homecoming Royalty an antiquated tradition?


PRO After a long-time absence of school-wide dances, Berkeley High School’s Homecoming dance will be held this year. On top of the school-wide surprise regarding the return of the beloved dance, many students find themselves deeply excited.

A senior in a "seniors" shirt with red eyes behind a shorter student holding a piece of paper

Senior pride: A privilege game


“SENIORRRSS! SENIORRRSS!” The chant rings loud through the hallways as students pack together like a herd of sheep. A rancid smell washes over the walkway, eggshells and other miscellaneous items littering the ground.

A blindfolder person walks in front of a series of Gmail notifications

Administration transparency is vital in ensuring BHS safety 


Many Berkeley High School students vividly remember when they first read about a bomb threat on BHS campus. Students were shocked to realize Berkeley Unified School District, along with the Berkeley Police Department, had been investigating the threat during the prior week, and members of BUSD had been told that the suspect “did not pose

people standing on stairs

BHS Stop Harassing Presents to Middle Schoolers on Consent


On April 26, the Berkeley High School Stop Harassing organization began their consent education presentations to Berkeley Unified School District middle schools.

Students work on homework in the Black Scholars Center at Berkeley High School.

Black Scholars Center Provides Resources, Creates Community


New to Berkeley High School, the Black Scholars Center provides a space for students to do their homework, eat snacks, make friends, and work with others.

Students from African Diaspora dance classes performed at the cultural club fair last Friday.

Cultural Club Fair Celebrates Diversity in BHS Community


Cultural clubs throughout Berkeley High School surrounded the campus green to spread awareness and show their spirit at the Cultural Club Fair on Friday, March 11.

School Board Covers VAPA Equity, Special Education at 2/16 Meeting


The Berkeley Unified School District School Board met on February 16 to discuss Visual and Performing Arts equity challenges, the special education program, and new COVID-19 protocols.

BHS junior Konani Chinn won last year’s contest in the photography and digital art category.

PTSA Holds Second Annual Black History Month Art Contest


For the second year in a row, the Parent Teacher Student Association is hosting an art contest in honor of Black History Month. The PTSA established the contest as a way to recognize the importance of Black History Month, acknowledge the struggles Black people face, and offer students an opportunity to celebrate Black History