The Oakland school board just voted unanimously to reinstate McClymonds as the name of West Oakland’s high school. Lots of clapping, cheering and friendly inter-high school trash talking tonight…
McClymonds had been split into two high schools — EXCEL and BEST — as part of the Bill Gates-funded small schools movement, but because of declining enrollment, it’ll be one school again this fall under a new principal, Kevin Taylor.
District staff suggested a few months ago that it be called EXCEL at McClymonds, but the school’s alumni association started a push to bring “Mack back.”
So they did. It’ll be McClymonds High School again.