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An illustration of a knife, an assault rifle, and an explosive, filled in with a drawing of BHS, in red

BHS responds to bomb plot arrest 

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On June 1, the Berkeley Police Department reported arresting a 16-year-old after receiving the tip that he was recruiting other high schoolers to enact a mass shooting and/or bombing at Berkeley High School.

Meet Enikia Ford Morthel: Berkeley’s New Superintendent

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The district’s superintendent of three years, Brent Stephens, announced he was leaving Berkeley Unified School District this spring. Since then, the search for a successor led to one finalist, Enikia Ford Morthel, the deputy superintendent of instruction in the San Francisco school district.

BHS Seniors Look Towards Personal Growth During Gap Year

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As the school year reaches its end, seniors begin to solidify their plans for the future. While many may choose to attend college immediately after high school, some, like Ellery Hoffman, a student in Academic Choice, are taking a gap year.

Members of BHS Mountain Bike Team Robbed at Gunpoint

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On Saturday April 16, several members of the Berkeley High School Mountain Bike Team were robbed at gunpoint in North Berkeley. The group consisted of three coaches and two student-athletes who were returning from a practice in Napa in their minivan loaded with bicycles and other expensive equipment.

Return to On-Campus Elections Inspires Student Candidates

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Two years ago, as a freshman, Sarah Darzacq was a delegate at the Berkeley High School election convention. This year, she attended the election convention again, instead as a candidate for Associated Student Body vice president, and found a starkly different environment.

Georgia Davidson and Travis Baldwin, BHS students, eat lunch at Civic Center Park.

Will BHS Make Lunch Longer?

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Two years ago, a freshman at Berkeley High School noticed a problem: many of her fellow students weren’t eating. Concerned, she brought the issue up with her mother, Sara Rahimian, who has since taken action to modify the lunch schedule.

BHS college counselor Yasmin Navarro attended Amherst through QuestBridge.

BHS Students Earn College Acceptances Through QuestBridge

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When Yasmin Navarro received an email from QuestBridge her junior year of high school, she couldn’t believe her eyes. “I thought it was a total scam,” she said.

‘Just Ticking Off a Checkbox:’ Why are Private Schools Moving Away from AP Classes?

Investigative

Berkeley High students have registered for more than 1,600 AP exams this year. Despite their popularity, many private schools in the Bay Area are moving away from AP classes and exams.

During the early decision college application round, BHS counselors supported seniors, many of whom were first-generation applicants.

BHS College Counselors Reflect on Early Decision Applications

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December marked the release of many early action and early decision results for college admissions. Students who submitted their applications in October and November, several months ahead of the regular deadlines, anxiously awaited their decision of acceptance, deferral, or rejection.  This year, with further implementation of test-optional and test-blind policies as well as an emphasis

Testing Shortage Impacts Equity: Who Is Taking All the BHS SAT Spots?

Investigative

Last Saturday, the SAT was offered at Berkeley High School. However, only six percent of the students taking the exam were actually from BHS. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a shortage of SAT exam spots at testing sites in the Bay Area, leading many students to register months in advance to secure a spot. 

BBT Shows Inclusivity in ‘The Nutcracker’

Entertainment

This October, the Berkeley Ballet Theater held its yearly Nutcracker Suite performances at the California Shakespeare Theater. This year, the studio decided to reimagine the traditional production, striving for a more inclusive Nutcracker filled with themes of unity and environmental preservation.  Ian Segall, a Berkeley International High School student, played the Moonlight Cavalier

A CVS store on Shattuck offers free COVID-19 and flu vaccines.

BUSD Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination With Testing Option

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On October 6, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board passed a policy requiring that students aged 12 years or older either receive a COVID-19 vaccine or submit to weekly tests.

BHS to Provide Consent Education, Despite COVID Regulations

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In February 2020, hundreds of Berkeley High School students walked out in protest of rape culture and sexual assault at BHS. Several demands were made, including implementing consent education for all Berkeley Unified School District students beginning in the sixth grade, and instating staff training for management of sexual harm.  Now, BHS’s administration

School Board Discusses Consent Education and COVID-19 Money

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On September 8, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board approved the 2021-22 budget, which includes a $2.3 million transfer from Fund 20 — a fund used for post-employment benefits for employees — to the Unrestricted General Fund, as well as the use of eight hundred thousand dollars of remaining COVID-19 funds.  According to

'Completely Unsustainable:' School Board Discusses Viability of In-Person School

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On August 25, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board discussed the state of in-person school, a vaccine mandate for student athletes, and the importance of hiring a staff member to oversee COVID-19 protocols.

BUSD School Board Discusses Graduation, Teacher Healthcare, and Bridge Program

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On Wednesday, May 5, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board met to discuss a variety of subjects, including the Berkeley High School Bridge Program, teachers’ healthcare costs, climate change, graduation plans, and the departure of Associate Superintendent Bajé Thiara.

A banner flies in People’s Park, the location of a recent protest against UC Berkeley’s plans for student housing.

“They’re Targeting the Spaces That We Need:” Community Rallies to Save People’s Park

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On Saturday April 24 at 12:00 PM, community members united for a march from 1921 Walnut Street to People’s Park. The march was a coalition effort by the People’s Park Committee, the 1921 Walnut St.

The rally started at 2 PM on March 28 with speeches from students at Aquatic Park in Berkeley.

Asian American Pacific Islander Youth Rising Rally Held in Berkeley

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On Sunday March 28 from 2 PM to 4 PM, the Asian American Pacific Islander Youth Rising rally was held at Aquatic Park in Berkeley. It began with a series of speeches, and ended with a march to the San Francisco Bay Pedestrian Footbridge to display banners and signs.