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Looking Back on Principal Erin Schweng’s Contributions to BHS

As principal, Erin Schweng led Berkeley High School (BHS) through some of its most difficult years in recent memory, and oversaw the implementation of the Universal 9th Grade, a popular program to introduce the freshmen of the future to BHS. On April 20, Schweng announced that she would be leaving...

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

The current class of juniors has been faced with an entirely new obstacle: the coronavirus pandemic. What was supposed to be the most difficult semester of their pre-college schooling has turned into an at-home fiasco.

Tom Steyer’s Son Shares Campaign Experience

“I’m coming to tell my dad’s story and why we believe in the values and issues that we’re running on, and talk about his campaign for president,” said 31 year old Sam Steyer on February 26, before his campaign speech for his father and former democratic presidential candidate, Tom Steyer,...

Systems Try to Address Abundant Student Needs

Berkeley High School (BHS) can be an overwhelming place for many people, given the size and activity happening on a day-to-day basis. Oftentimes, students need support, whether that means having someone to talk to about grades, depression, anxiety, or events happening at home. However, it can be hard to know...

Past Brought to Life in New History Book

Throughout the years, books written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Berkeley High School (BHS) art teacher Miriam Stahl have told the stories that the average textbook fails to mention. Highlighting women from the many countries around the world, their recent books have been centered around strong, innovative, pioneering individuals....

Saul’s Ownership Changes, Deli Tradition to Remain the Same

“Today there were two sisters that had been coming in, much older than I … and they were telling us how they have a nickname for going to Saul’s, and when they were feeling down or just feeling up to it they would say ‘let’s go nest. Let’s go to...

Who are the 2020 Candidates for ASB President and VP?

As Berkeley residents consider their choices for the upcoming presidential election, Berkeley High School (BHS) students do the same in the process of deciding who they will vote for in the upcoming Associated Student Body (ASB); of particular importance are the ASB president and vice president, who will be the...

Faces of Activism: Students Leading the Movement Against Rape Culture at Berkeley High School

These are the stories of a few leaders of the recent student walkouts at Berkeley High School (BHS) in protest of inadequate school support for survivors of sexual harm.

Special Issue: Black History Month

Students submitted their art and poetry for our special Black History Month issue. “Black History Month is when not only Black struggles are recognized, but Black strength is celebrated by everyone.”

AFAM’s Success Shows Program’s Value

The enthusiasm and commitment of the students in every Afro-Haitian dance classroom at Berkeley High School (BHS) are clear from the moment you view a performance. This dedication to the program reveals the high level of appreciation that students of all ethnicities have for the culture of BHS’s African American...

Black Student Union Fights for Visibility

A safe place for Black students at Berkeley High School (BHS), a hotspot for Black student advocacy, and a union centered on the celebration of Black youth: BHS’s Black Student Union (BSU) has one of the most important and influential histories of any student-led group at BHS. BHS has a...

Dance Production Innovates With 2020 Winter Performance

Flashing lights, loud music, and cheers filled the Berkeley High School’s (BHS) Florence Schwimley Little Theater on January 10, 11, 17, and 18. Dancers rushed the stage and flooded the room with their energy and emotion. Dance Production (DP) is an audition-based class offered for upperclassmen at BHS. They hold...

Graffiti Club Works to Change the Narrative of its Artform

Every school year brings with it a new set of students, teachers, and classes. New challenges for students to engage with in their schedules, new opportunities for teachers to be able to perfect their craft, and last but not least, new ideas that students bring to the table for the...

Nearby Ranch May Become New State Park

50,000 acres of land filled with plants and animals, untouched by industrial life: this is the N3 ranch in Livermore. Numerous buyers have expressed interest since the property went on the market in July 2019. As a result, people are asking what the best use of so much land might...

Body Positivity Club Provides Safe Space

“Body positivity is a journey, and it’s definitely not linear. It’s not something you just magically have and it’s not something that can ever be considered mastered. That’s what makes it so special,” said Loren Breidenbach, co-president of the Body Positivity Club. The body positivity movement, the inspiration behind the...

Our Year in Pictures

The End of a Ten-Year-Long Legacy: John’s Ice Cream on Shattuck Closes

If someone walks down Shattuck Avenue, past Shattuck Cinemas and Starbucks, they’ll soon come across one more empty shop with blank paper covering the windows. Here, just a couple months earlier, a bustling ice cream shop stood. John’s Ice Cream closed on November 26, 2019. During John’s Ice Cream’s ten...

Law Requiring Radiation Warnings on Cell Phones Prevails

Cell phones are everywhere, and everyone depends on them. In any city, residents rely on cell phones for communication, work, entertainment, and school. With the world becoming increasingly dependent on technology, cell phones are always close, maybe even too close. Although there is some knowledge on the possible harm of...