Oakland saw a flurry of new and redesigned schools in the last decade. Along with the more substantive changes came a slew of inventive names — many with acronyms for aspirational adjectives, nouns, verbs and phrases: BEST, EXCEL, ASCEND, EnCompass, Reach, United for Success, and EXPLORE, to name a few.
McClymonds High School, or Mack as it’s also known, was officially closed in 2005. The names of the two small high schools that opened on its campus were a mouthful: Business Entrepreneurial School of Technology (BEST) and Experience, eXcellence, Community, Empowerment and Leadership (EXCEL).
BEST closed in June, though, and now that McClymonds will be a one-school campus again, a group of people — possibly, alumni — want to undo the name change. They’ve circulated a petition titled “Change the name back to McClymonds High.”
This petition was formed so that the voices of West Oakland will collectively heard. WE WANT MACK BACK! Please join the McClymonds Alumni Association in our fight to bring back the name and our claim to fame: School of Champions! A West Oakland monument with a Rich History…. can’t let them erase that.
Do you agree, or do you think the campus has been through enough changes?