Bishop O'Dowd High School

Bishop O'Dowd High School

Infobox Private School
background = #f0f6fa
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name = Bishop O'Dowd High School

trans. One heart in Christ.
established = 1951
religion = Roman Catholic
head_name = Administration
head = Stephen Phelps, Ed.D., "President"
Joseph G. Salamack III, M.A., M.S., "Principal"
Michael Petrini, M.A., "Vice President for Advancement"
Lisa Tortorich, M.A., " Assistant Principal for Academics"
city = Oakland
state = CA
country = USA
campus = Urban
enrollment = 1170
faculty = 77
class = 24
ratio = 14:1
year = 2006
SAT = 603 verbal
643 math
athletics = 16 CIF Varsity teams
colors = Black and Gold
mascot = Dragon
homepage = []

Bishop O'Dowd High School is a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory school in Oakland, California, administered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland. Bishop O'Dowd requires all students to enroll in Religious Studies classes. About 44% of students are of other religious and faith backgrounds or do not practice an organized religion. Bishop O'Dowd requires all students to attend school liturgies (Catholic Mass and prayer services), and to complete its unique and reflective 4-year community service program.


Bishop O'Dowd's college preparatory curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses in 19 subjects, and an enhanced range of services to accommodate college preparatory students. The curriculum includes honors courses in mathematics, language, English, social studies and science, and computer programming, art, and multimedia design. A fully integrated arts, drama, and music program, an environmental science program, and five languages are also offered. The Campus Ministry and 4-year retreat program and 100-hour service-learning program provide many opportunities for students to develop spiritually, emotionally, socially, and in service and leadership roles.

Bishop O'Dowd High School is committed to enhancing student learning with advanced technology tools including tablet laptops for all students beginning with the freshman class in 2008. All students and teachers use the Blackboard course content system, PowerSchool, an online grading and student information system, and varying software systems to enhance learning. The school has a highly successful program that serves a range of learning different and learning disabled students from the gifted to those who test at grade level on the High School Placement Test.

The average SAT score for the O'Dowd class of 2005 was 1246. The national and state averages were 1028 and 1020. All students are expected to graduate from Bishop O'Dowd having met the requirements to be eligible to attend the University of California.

Approximately 98 percent of graduating seniors enroll in colleges and universities in California and across the nation. About 1/3 of each graduating class attends a University of California campus, about 1/3 attend private universities in California and across the nation, and about 25% attend California state universities and state universities outside of California. Between 5% and 8% enroll in community colleges and one or two percent choose to work or volunteer for social service.


African-American 15%, Asian 10%, Euro-American 48%, Latino 10%, other(mixed race) 17%. Bishop O"Dowd is among the most diverse private schools in the nation in terms of ethnicity, social class, religious background, and academic and artistic interests.Fact|date=August 2008

Student Life


An extensive student activities program includes student government, an award-winning Junior State of America program, Mock Trial, Speech and Debate, Dragon Ambassadors, a Ski Club, Book Club, Anime Club, Computer Gamer Club and more than 30 other student clubs. The school offers numerous opportunities on and off campus for students to display their visual and performing arts skills.


Over 800 athletes participate in 16 interscholastic sports on 55 teams. The most popular sports including volleyball, track and field, cross country,football, baseball, men's and women's basketball (serving freshman, junior varsity, and varsity level teams), men's and women's water polo and men's and women's lacrosse have become increasingly popular.


Bishop O'Dowd's technology program is among the most advanced in California. Teachers integrate technology into the classroom and students are encouraged to bring laptops to class. Laptops will be required for all freshman in the fall of 2008. All students and faculty at Bishop O'Dowd have access to computer labs on campus and in-house technology support. A wireless technology environment allows students and faculty easy access to the Internet, and encourages student-centered learning. [ [ Bishop O'Dowd - System - Error 404 ] ]

Accreditation and membership

O'Dowd is accredited by and/or affiliated with the following organizations:
* The Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Notable alumni

*Dave Meniketti - Singer/Guitarist of Y&T
*Amaya Brecher - Cast member of season on MTV
*Eric Bjornson - NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys (1995-2000) and New England Patriots (2000)
*Greg Norton - Major League Baseball player
*Ryan Drese - Major League Baseball player
*Tarik Glenn - NFL player for the Indianapolis Colts (1997-2006)
*Michael A. Goorjian - Emmy-winning actor
*Kevin Maas - Major League Baseball player
*Burl Toler, III - NFL player for the Washington Redskins
*Kirk Morrison - NFL player for the Oakland Raiders
*Brian Shaw - Retired NBA player, now a Los Angeles Lakers coach
*Langston Walker - NFL player for the Buffalo Bills
*Aaron Nagel - Trumpet player in Link 80
*Matt Bettinelli-Olpin - Guitarist of Link 80
*Matt Malley - Bassist for Counting Crows
*Shawn Harris - Singer and Guitarist of The Matches
*Justin San Souci - Bassist of The Matches
*Matt Whalen - Drummer of The Matches
*Tajai Massey- Rapper Souls of MischiefFact|date=February 2008
*Tyson Ross- Currently a college baseball pitcher, who won Pac-10 player of the year, for the University of California, Berkeley
*Michael Addicott - Internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist, MySpace investor

External links

* [ Official Bishop O'Dowd High School website]


* [ Official Bishop O'Dowd High School website]
* [ University of California Analytical Writing Placement Exam Results]


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