Berkeley High School

A student rushing to the tardy office

Is the new tardy policy beneficial or detrimental  to attendance?


On August 15, the first day of school at Berkeley High School, students arriving late to school were greeted with a surprise — all but one of the entry gates were locked at 10:01 a.m.

Students are forced to continually check Infinite Campus for schedule updates as school is starting.

Receiving schedules late has detrimental effect on BHS students


At a school as big as Berkeley High School, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. With thousands of students, hundreds of class choices, and a wide array of classrooms, the task of preparing for a new year on campus can be highly stressful.

Pamela Turntine

BHS 'Jacket' Alum Becomes New Editor-in-Chief of 'Berkeleyside'


Pamela Turntine, longtime Bay Area resident and the new editor-in-chief of Berkeleyside, has had an extensive past in journalism. Born in San Francisco and primarily raised in different parts of Oakland and Berkeley, Turntine’s work has taken her all over California throughout a career spanning over 40 years.

BHS graduates Dixie Lewis and Ross Schultz brought positivity, laughter, and kindness to those around them throughout their lives.

BHS Community Mourns Deaths of Recent Alumni Dixie Lewis and Ross Schultz


The Berkeley High School community was left reeling after alumni Dixie Lewis and Ross Schultz were killed last Tuesday in a car accident in Truckee, California.

Despite effort to mitigate the tension surrounding entrance to "big name" schools, including those like UC Berkeley, it

Online Learning Alleviates Competitive Nature of College Process


The pandemic has prevented many Berkeley High School traditions from taking place  for seniors. The class of 2021 has lost Red and Gold Day, blowout, Senior Sunrise, and the overall experience of being a senior at BHS.

BHS parent and activist Marc Staton feels relieved, but not overjoyed, with the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial.

Berkeley Responds to Aftermath of Chauvin Verdict: What Happens Now?


When activist and Berkeley High School parent Marc Staton heard the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial, he experienced a wide range of emotions. “There was no joy in it.

In Memoriam: BHS Girls Volleyball Coach James Manuel


In loving memory of Berkeley High School girls volleyball coach James Manuel. His exuberance, passion, and generosity lives on within his family, his teams, his colleagues, and all those he connected with.

Sarah Matsumoto, a photography teacher at BHS, works at a desk in her classroom. Now that in-person school is an option, Wednesday classes have been made mandatory for students not attending in person.

Students Should Not Be Forced to Attend Wednesday Class


Wednesdays are notorious for being full of exhaustion: motivation from Monday is long gone, and the weekend is nowhere in sight. However, with the asynchronous Wednesday schedule that Berkeley High School implemented before May, the so-called hump day provided a short break from the chaos of the week.

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna Gives Lecture to BHS Physics Club


Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., an American biochemist, Nobel Prize winner, and pioneering researcher in CRISPR gene editing, gave a lecture with the Berkeley High School Physics Club on April 28.

“It feels more real:” BHS Students Return to In-Person Instruction


As the 2020-21 school year nears its end, some Berkeley High School students are returning to campus for in-person learning. The new schedule, which officially began April 24, moved the distance learning school day earlier: it now spans from 8:55 AM to 12:15 PM, and gives students optional time to return to in-person school

What Are BHS Students Listening To?


Music, whether it is instrumental or vocal, solo artists or bands, is something that is widely enjoyed throughout humanity. It can bring people together, but during times of separation, it can also provide a great sense of individuality based on our respective musical preferences.

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


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.

At the Emeryville Center of Community Life, students in Bay Oaks, a program of the East Bay United Soccer Club, practice soccer.

BHS Forces Soccer Players to Choose Between School and Club


For student athletes at Berkeley High School, the past year has been a roller coaster. As fall and winter sports were cancelled or postponed, players faced uncertainty and disappointment.

How Have Substitute Teachers Handled Online School?


“Substitutes replaced teachers when teachers couldn’t get to school because they were either at home with their kids or on a field trip,” explained Huseyin Kulunk, a long-time Berkeley High School substitute teacher.

BHS Administration Must Improve Communication on Hybrid Learning


The pandemic has exacerbated issues of transparency at Berkeley High School, and the communication surrounding the hybrid learning plan illustrates this problem.

BHS Should Maintain Some Elements of Distance Learning This Fall


As the 2020-21 school year rolls to an end after crashing, burning, and just generally sucking to a magnificent degree, we look towards the next year at Berkeley High School.

BHS Should Require Students to Be Vaccinated Upon Fall Return


The return to in-person instruction is an exciting prospect for many, but the ever-persistent question is how Berkeley High School plans to keep its students and faculty safe.

College Admissions Proved Especially Competitive During Pandemic


As April comes to a close, Berkeley High School seniors face the fast approaching college decision deadline. Come May 1, many will commit to the college they plan on attending the coming year, with the hope of some sense of normalcy.  Like many other aspects of life this year, the college application process has