97% of Mack Graduates  to Attend College This Fall

Mack students after graduation ceremony from left to right: Gianna Smith, Princess Byrd, Najee McDonald, Albert Mitchell, D’shun Rodgers, Gary’ontae Smith. Photo by Dione Green @dion.green.

The Mack House celebrated their 103rd graduation this year. Sixty-two students walked the stage to get their diploma and nearly all of them will be attending college in the fall (97 percent).

The “School of Champions” has a history of putting people into the world who have made an impact.

The first Black Mayor of Oakland Lionel Wilson, King of the Rings Bill Russell, MLB’s First Black Manager Frank Robinson, and the first man to break the 10-second barrier in the 100-meter dash Jim Hines.

McClymonds’ Valedictorian, Neisha Moore, graduated with a 4.17 GPA, turned down a full ride to UC Berkeley to attend University of Southern California (USC) on nearly a full ride.

Jamina Akinjo, who won the Darryl Aikens Memorial Scholarship at SPAAT’s ESPY Awards and is heading to UCLA in the fall with a full scholarship.

Akinjo also played Volleyball and managed the McClymonds Football Team. Albert Mitchell, a member of that championship team was OAL’s All-Academic with a GPA of 3.85, is on his way to UC Berkeley on a full ride.

At the heart of West Oakland, McClymonds was once a school with well over 3,000 students. Now down to about 400 students, teachers and administration seem to be focusing on the quality of their students rather than the quantity.

Among the numerous accolades of this 2017-18 class a special one is the Warriors of West Oakland’s football team winning back-to-back Division 5-AA State Championship. The class of 2018 now joins a legacy that will be remembered by generations to come.



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