Historical Archive

Welcome to the Oakland Technical High School Historical Archive

Technites Talent Showcase
On Sunday, February 8th, 2015, hundreds of Oakland Tech alumni, students, staff, and family packed the beautiful and newly renovated Auditorium to witness “Technites Past and Present Talent Showcase”.

The material in this archive was researched and gathered for the production of the Oakland Tech Centennial Book in October of 2014.  Since only excerpts of the hundreds of alumni and former staff interviews and memories could be included in the book, we wanted to make the full versions of those interviews available to you here. We hope that these first person narratives can serve as primary source material for students and other researchers, or for Oakland Tech alumni wishing to learn more about their alma mater or take a trip down memory lane.

Notable Alumni
Since it opened in 1915, Oakland Technical High School has produced some of the greatest athletes, academics, artists, entertainers, scientists, social activists, statesmen, and scholars of any high school in the country. Here is a brief list of Notable Oakland Tech Alumni.

The information here is organized by decade. The alumni profiles from the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s are biographies, not interviews or memories, since there are no living alumni from the first two decades and only a couple from the 1930s.

To view historical content from a decade, please click on that decade link in the index above or below.
You will also enjoy viewing this History of Oakland Tech documentary, produced for the Centennial and narrated by Ted Lange, Class of 1966.

Hall of Honor
The inaugural, 40-member class of Oakland Technical High School’s “Hall of Honor” was inducted at the Centennial Gala celebration on May 24th, 2015.

In 1959, National Education Association produced a film titled “The Conant Report – How Good Are Our Schools?”. The film summarizes a study of the American high school by Dr. James Conant, the former President of Harvard University. The film compares educational opportunities at Labette County High School in Kansas and Oakland Technical High School in Oakland, California. Both schools were considered to be model learning institutions – one rural and one urban.

The section of the film featuring Oakland Tech begins at the 9:10 mark.