Retired teachers pledge $3 million to future McClymonds grads

Now for some uplifting news: An Oakland couple has pledged that upon their deaths, $3 million of their estate will help McClymonds high school graduates pay for college or trade school.

The scholarship fund will be established at the East Bay Community Foundation and will eventually be administered by the schools, according to press release issued by the foundation. The McClymonds complex, located in West Oakland, now consists of two small high schools — BEST and EXCEL.

All we know about the couple is that they have tutored Oakland children in literacy and that they have been donating $100,000 for each of the last 10 years to a tutoring program at another school.

They are quoted as saying, “You can assure that at least a portion of what you have accumulated in your life is devoted to a cause dear to your heart, and our cause is education.”

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.