Eloise Thomas




Class of 2026

Eloise Thomas is a Berkeley High student, a writer on the Jacket and a part of the crew team. She is also a part of the school orchestra and the freshman leadership team.

A swimmer dives into the pool at senior night.

Swimmers send off their seniors and coach 


On Friday, April 12, the Berkeley High School swim team had their senior night, a goodbye to both their teammates and their coach. The women’s team won, beating Castro Valley, Bishop O’Dowd, and Hayward.

Yasir Zara displays his cricket bat on the Campus Green

Informal cricket games at BHS fosters new community for Pakistani cricket players 


“Last year when I came, no one was playing … so I had a bat, and my friend brought one bat, and we just started playing here, and the balls got stuck every day.

Senior players take a photo with coaches and supporters on Senior Night at Jacket Gym.

Boys Volleyball wins at home


On April 23, 2024, the Berkeley High School boys volleyball team won their senior night game against San Lorenzo. BHS took an early lead, winning the first set 25-15, then losing the second set 23-25.

Protesting students hold "President Biden: Ceasfire Now!" signs.

Walkout: Students call for ceasefire, Israel-Palestine curriculum


On Tuesday, March 13, 2024, chants of “Free Palestine,” “Teach Palestine,” and “Ceasefire” could be heard from the senior steps, where Berkeley High School  students gathered to call for a ceasefire in Gaza and advocated for the teaching of the Israel-Palestine conflict in Berkeley Unified School District  classes.

Girls soccer joins together in a community huddle.

Winter Senior Nights


The Berkeley High School girls soccer team played against Piedmont on Feb. 9 for their senior night. The game ended in a tie, 0-0,  placing them second in their league.

Illustration of a student sports team in a circle with everyone

BHS team captains navigate leadership and communication


“The duty of the captain is to listen to the team, and communicate anything that they hear about, and the needs of the team, to the coaches and communicate from the coaches to the team,” said Tilda Koven, a Berkeley High School senior and co-captain of the womens varsity crew team.

Girls cross country runners pose for a photo after becoming NCS champions.

Cross country shows out at NCS, girls land spot at state meet


On Saturday, Nov. 18, the cross country team went to Hayward for their North Coast Section championships. For the first time in 41 years, the Berkeley High School girls cross country team won NCS, which landed them a spot at state championships.

Golden Gate Fields will remain open until June 2024.

The closure of Golden Gate Fields sparks conflicting emotions


“On a day like this, a Saturday, the entire area would have been filled. Every seat, if you can imagine that. … You could see it has changed a lot, and it’s kind of sad to see,” said Steve Fleming, who has been attending races at Golden Gate Fields, a horse racing track, ever since

Jalen Harris charging down the field as he looks to score.

Jackets crush Encinal in league opener


On Friday, Oct. 6, the Berkeley High School football team took on Encinal High School for their first West Alameda County Conference League game, winning by a score of 55-6.

A baseball player hitting a ball

The MLB exploits Latin American youth


In recent years, several Major League Baseball teams have been involved in improper conduct regarding legal signing age for players in other countries.

Multi-sport athletes: ‘(It’s) a little hectic’


“I went to a mountain bike race in the morning, I left as soon as I was finished, slept in the car, and then had to go to a track meet at 9 p.m.. So that was a little hectic,” said Berkeley High School sophomore Carina Nottingham.

Lenka Simon serves as a student representative for the committee.

BSEP election for representatives; students note lack of clarity


On April 26, an online ballot was released to elect the student representatives for Berkeley Schools Excellence Program/School Site Council. BSEP is a local tax in Berkeley that funds things such as smaller class sizes, technology, music programs, and libraries, among many other services for Berkeley schools.

A student in front of a projector is presenting to a group of middle schoolers in front at a table.

BHS Stop Harassing Presents on Consent


Over the past week, Berkeley High School Stop Harassing, a student run organization aiming to eliminate sexual harassment and assault at BHS, has been sending students to middle schools around the Berkeley Unified School District to give presentations on consent.

Official Election Handbooks displayed at the 2023 Election Meet and Greet.

2023 Berkeley High School election results


On March 31, the Berkeley High School 2023 election results were announced in an email shortly after the end of school. The election that had taken place on March 28 was participated in by 70 percent of the student body.

Offical Election Handbooks displayed at 2023 Election Meet and Greet.

BHS 2023 Election Convention features diverse array of platforms


The following speeches were given by prospective school board representatives. This position is currently held by Ian Segall who sat as a panelist for this portion.

pictures of the Jacket

New member welcomed, chronic absenteeism data


On February 1, 2023, the Berkeley Unified School District Board Meeting was held in person for the first time since 2020. The directors gathered on the dais in front of the podium, and the meeting began with the usual roll call.

Coivd up

BUSD admin, staff respond to COVID-19 cases at BHS


Correction: This article has been edited to correct information that has now been verified.   The Berkeley Unified School District COVID-19 dashboard shows that in December 2022, 91 cases of COVID-19 were reported at BHS.

Author Mira Amiras promotes her book at the Bay Area Book Festival, Malkah’s Notebook.

Author Mira Amiras takes the stage at the Bay Area Book Fair


On December 8th, the Magnes Museum, a collection focused on Jewish art and life, hosted the Bay Area Book Fair. Just a few blocks from Berkeley High, Mira Z.