Maya Dang




Class of 2026

Maya Dang is a swimmer, journalist, and Berkeley High student in Universal Ninth Grade Hive 4. She is known for writing for BHS's Redwood Literary Magazine, and Jacket, and aims to inform students at BHS about topics that matter to the community.

BHS junior Joaquin Cohen solos on the alto saxophone.

BHS Jazz visits Cuba, collaborates with Escuela Nacional de Arte


During the week of Jan. 21, to Jan. 28, 2024, Berkeley High School’s juniors and seniors from BHS’s jazz program participated in a biannual week-long trip to Cuba where they had an opportunity to learn from students in the Escuela Nacional de Arte and engage with Cuban culture, according to BHS Jazz Co-Director Roberto

Raygoza returned to BHS from paternity leave in December.

Principal Juan Raygoza returns from leave


“I’m just really happy to be back,” said Juan Raygoza, Berkeley High School’s principal, who returned to BHS on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, after spending July to December of 2023 on paternity leave.  According to Raygoza, he had an amazing opportunity to spend time at home with his wife and two kids, a six-and-a-half-year-old and

A construction project near UC Berkeley plans to provide more housing.

Construction booms across Berkeley to relieve housing shortage


On Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, one of the Berkeley Walgreens locations closed for good, soon to be demolished to make way for a 25-story, 326-unit apartment building, according to Berkeleyside.

Illustration of various Filipino cultural and historical symbols

Berkeley High students celebrate Filipino heritage month


October is Filipino American History Month, which was created by Filipino American activists and first celebrated in 1992. At Berkeley High School, students are using the month to learn about  and discuss Filipino and Filipino American history and culture.

BHS student Julia Segre intends to apply to the Youth Poet Laureate Program.

Berkeley Poet Laureate Program amplifies youth expression


This year, Berkeley Public Library announced the first ever Berkeley Youth Poet Laureate Program, which was started by a committee of eight Berkeley Public Library staff in late 2022.

Berkeley Eviction Moratorium expires: ‘Currently, I’m homeless’


On Aug. 31 2023, Berkeley’s Eviction Moratorium expired, following a 41 month-long hold on evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium, which enhanced protections for tenants against eviction, kept many families housed within an uncertain situation.

Trails like the Indian Trail shown above are maintained by the BPWA.

Volunteer association keeps Berkeley's trails well-maintained


The Berkeley Path Wanderers Association was founded in 1998 by Ruth Armstrong, Patricia DeVito, Jacque Ensign and Eleanor Hall Gibson, according to John Ford, BPWA’s walk coordinator.

Karl Kaku juggles work on multiple computers at his classroom desk.

Low pay, mental toll: Examining the ramifications of office hours on teachers


“The days I’ve saved for tutoring, I usually finish at about 4:45 p.m. or 5 p.m. and then I either have to drive an hour home or I have to take BART, which takes an hour as well.

Berkeley’s array of hills and paths offer several hiking routes.

Best places: Worthwhile Berkeley hikes


Gemma Shabel, a Berkeley High School senior, has been hiking at Tilden since she was little and has always loved it. “There are so many different options for types of hikes and scenery and wherever you choose, it is inevitably going to be beautiful!

The diversity of BHS stands out as one of its defining features for transfer students

BHS transfer students on the unique qualities of Berkeley High


Every year, students from private middle schools and neighboring school districts face a decision to either continue their education in their current school district or private school, or transfer to a different district that would better fit their needs.

Sittin next to the football feild, the BHS Mural Club

BHS Mural Club promotes re-use center


“It was a really fun experience, painting and designing something that everyone can see and enjoy,” said Taylor Kelso, a freshman at Berkeley High School.  During February 18-20, 2023, the BHS mural club painted a mural aimed towards promoting re-use at BHS according to the club’s president, Carina Nottingham.  “We were inspired by the beautiful

Data from the California Deparment of Education dashboard on student achievement.

Dept. of  Education releases dashboard on student achievement


On December 15, the California Department of Education released the 2022 California School Dashboard, according to a Berkeley Unified School District press release.

Hanna Gohlke, Shai Eastman, and Vivian BEll practice guitar in the A building lobby.

Arts on the Run middle school field trips highlight BHS arts


On Wednesday, January 5, the Advanced Dance, African Diaspora, Electronic Music, Guitar, and Drama classes at Berkeley High School visited all three Berkeley Unified School District middle schools to promote the performing arts classes at BHS.

Voting age measures yet to be implemented in the Bay Area


In the last four years, two voting measures allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in school board elections passed in Oakland and Berkeley. The two measures, Measure Y1 which passed in Berkeley in 2016, and Measure QQ, which passed in Oakland in 2020, weren’t implemented by Alameda County in time for the 2022 election.

A person being held back by their test scores.

California assessment results illuminate racial achievement gaps


On October 24, the California Department of Education released the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessments, according to a Berkeley Unified School District press release.

Rally Day tradition continues amid administration caution, student spirit


On November 4, the BHS community concluded spirit week with its celebration of Rally Day. Earlier that week, BHS Vice Principal Tammy Rose sent out an email to all BHS staff and students, describing her hopes for the event.

LatinX assembly dance performance

Latinx Heritage Month assembly features dance and spoken word


On October 19, 2022, Berkeley High School held a Latinx Heritage Month Assembly at the Little Theater with around 220 students in attendance. Students and leaders of BHS’s Latines Unidos Club, Ivan Cuatlatl-Tello, Paola Bedolla García, and Jasmine Moreira-Cortés, along with literature teacher Amanda Moreno, organized the event.  According to Cuatlatl-Tello, the assembly was hosted

Students at the summit

BHS community attends ‘Unite the Fight’ climate summit


On October 12, Berkeley High School’s “Unite the Fight” climate summit was held at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA Teen Center, with 35 BHS students in attendance.