Investigative

Unrealistic Media Ideals Lead to Negative Body Image for Men

“Chris Hemsworth from Thor: Ragnarok. That was my ideal body type for years. That was my goal,” said Gabriel Ross, a junior in Berkeley International High School.

Four Years In: Evaluating the Universal Ninth Grade’s Successes and Limitations

In 2015, Tamara Friedman and Glenn Wolkenfeld, then-professional development coordinators at Berkeley High School, decided that BHS needed to change.  An achievement gap persisted along racial lines, and students who could have been helped were falling through the cracks.

‘A Window for Rape Culture to Blossom:’
The Impact of Party Culture on Rape Culture

In 2021 graduate Melani Garcia’s freshman year at Berkeley High School, she attended her first party. At the party, she said hello to a classmate who she believed to be intoxicated.

BIHS junior Neruda Diaz identifies as Mexican and Middle Eastern.

Lack of Diversity in Class Hurts BIPOC

Natalia Quezada, a junior in Academic Choice who identifies as Latina, is often one of the only students of color in her classes. According to Quezada, her teachers don’t do an adequate job of acknowledging the lack of diversity in classrooms or making a safe space for Black and Brown students.

Stigma of Female Masturbation: Why Don’t We Talk About It?

“I don’t want my mom telling me about all the time she masturbates,” said Adeline French, a senior at Berkeley High School. “But it would have been nice to have a conversation with her.”  French, like many women and femme identifying people, was never told that masturbating is normal, healthy, or a way to

The Social Media Experience Across Genders

The Jacket surveyed a sample of 368 students to explore the role of gender in the perception of social media among teens. Additionally, interviews gave students a space to share their views on social media and how it affects them personally.

‘Someone Has Your Back’: Inside BHS Intervention Counseling

In the seventh grade, Alaya Alexander was pulled out of class one day to speak with an intervention counselor. Over the next several years, even as she began high school, she engaged in regular meetings with her counselor, who offered both emotional and academic support.

The Sexual Harm Walkouts: Two Years Later, What’s Changed?

In the middle of second period on February 10 of 2020, thousands of Berkeley High School students left their classrooms and streamed into the courtyard, all in protest of sexual harm.

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

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.

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

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. 

Rally Day: Examining the Complicated History of The Controversial BHS Tradition

Rally Day at Berkeley High School, recently synonymous with mayhem and violence, has been going on for longer than almost anyone can remember. But the day that closes off spirit week was not always full of the bottle-throwing and partying it’s now known for.

Changing Demographics: The Battle for Ethnic Studies Persists

In the early ’90s, a lack of ethnic representation in Berkeley High School’s curriculum sparked a student-led movement that demanded an ethnic studies requirement for graduation.

Sexual Harm Leaves Deep Marks In Wake of Burgmann Case

Students at Berkeley High School began noticing suspicious activity on social media at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Many class of 2021 seniors, including Charlotte, were receiving Instagram Direct Messages containing explicit photographs and asking for personal information and images.

‘That Yearbook Was Their Bathroom Wall:’ Why Did No One Notice the Bissell Allegations?

“I don’t know how to describe how angry I was when we got the call that [Matthew Bissell] was no longer hired here and the story had not gone public,” said Berkeley High School yearbook teacher Genevieve Mage.