General News

Students: Voice Your Priorities for our New Superintendent

Albany Unified School District is searching for a new Superintendent as current Superintendent, Valerie Williams, will retire at the end of this school year. Please visit Superintendent Search 2019 to see more information about the search process and timeline. An essential part of the process is engaging with the Albany community to develop a profile of the most important qualities, skills, and characteristics for the new Superintendent. To that end, an extensive series of public stakeholder engagement meetings will be held on March 19, 20, and 22. Students, you are invited to participate on Wednesday, March 20 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in the AHS library.

Message Regarding Recent Events in New Zealand

Dear Albany High School community,

We are sadden by the recent events in New Zealand and our hearts and healing thoughts are with the victims, families and community during this difficult time. Hate acts and violence such as this can be countered with compassion and by promoting an understanding of empathy, social justice and efforts towards global acceptance for all people, faiths and beliefs. AHS has counselors should students need additional support during this time. For more information on talking to students about these issues, please visit the following link:

Take care,
Alexia Ritchie

pFAB Chipotle Fundraiser This Saturday

Albany Performing and Fine Arts Boosters (pFAB) is holding a fundraiser on Sat., 3/9 from 4-8pm at Chipotle in El Cerrito. If you bring in the flyer or show it on your phone, 33% of your purchase will go toward funds for theater at Albany High School.

Come eat with us before or after you attend the Theatre Ensemble’s performance of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Don’t forget to show them the flyer!

Black History Month at the AHS Library

We apologize for the late nature of this post, but it doesn’t have to be February to enjoy African American authors and stories. Albany High Library is celebrating Black History Month with a dynamic display of fiction and nonfiction. Explore many perspectives on Black History at Albany High Library.

Here are some of our favorite books, that range from inspiring memoirs to powerful history. Learn about local history with The Port Chicago 50, which tells the story of 50 black sailors who refused to work in unsafe and unfair conditions after an explosion in Port Chicago (near the Richmond docks) killed 320 servicemen in WWII. Or try one of our newest books, Inventing Victoria, a historical fiction set in 1880s Savannah and D.C. as a young teen navigating life in the emerging African-American elite. Come by the library and grab a book as we celebrate and honor Black History.

And Still I Rise , by Maya Angelou  Becoming , by Michelle Obama  Double Victory , by Cheryl Mullenbach  Huey: Spirit of the Panther , by David Hilliard  Inventing Victoria , by Tonya Bolden  On Her Own Ground: the Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker , by A’Lelia Perry  The Port Chicago 50 , by Steve Sheinkin  Roots , by Alex Haley  The Tuskegee Airmen , by Joseph Caver  The Underground Railroad , by Colson Whitehead

And Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Double Victory, by Cheryl Mullenbach
Huey: Spirit of the Panther, by David Hilliard
Inventing Victoria, by Tonya Bolden
On Her Own Ground: the Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, by A’Lelia Perry
The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin
Roots, by Alex Haley
The Tuskegee Airmen, by Joseph Caver
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

AHS Students Receive Scholastic Art Awards

This year Scholastic Art Awards were given to 19 AHS students!

Congratulations to each of them on their impressive art achievements:
Julie Knou, Jorgie Kiriuangchai, Gahee Kwon, Vida Lopez-St. John, Sequoia Boubion McKay, Mimi Yu-Ching, Tienna Chen, Elizabeth Ding, Alice Fu, Angela Hung, Shavase Shine, and Olaf Kamperman

Many of their works will be displayed at the Pacific Grove Art Center in a gallery exhibit honoring these young artists. Three pieces are going on to the national level in New York.

Chocolate & Champagne Gala 2019—Help Support Your Albany Community!

The Albany Education Foundation (AEF) and the Albany Community Foundation (ACF) are once again joining forces to host the Chocolate and Champagne Gala on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Northbrae Community Church, 941 the Alameda in Berkeley. This special evening will include champagne, wine and beer, chocolate and non-chocolate desserts and savory treats. Many delightful offerings will be available at the silent auction. A list of our wonderful silent auction donors is listed on both of our web sites along with our fabulous sponsors. Musicians from Albany High School will perform again this year.

Babysitting will be provided by a local Girl Scout troop. Please contact Dianne McNenny, (510) 527 – 8476, to make reservations. You will need your ticket stub number to reserve a spot. Children must be toilet trained. There is a suggested $5.00 fee.

Tickets are $30, which includes a complimentary glass of champagne and desserts. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are now available and I am happy to deliver them to you. You have been a supporter of this event in the past and I hope you will be able to do so again this year. Tickets may also be purchased online here.

This is the main fundraiser for these two wonderful organizations who do so much for the Albany community. AEF provides grants for AUSD new teachers to assist them in setting up their classrooms, field trip grants, and mini grants as well as the Sally Outis block grants for larger projects. Please see our web site, for more information about AEF.

ACF actively supports a number of programs including the Mercy Brown Bag lunch program at the Senior Center, the Albany Film Festival, Dinner with Albany, the Albany Y’s Youth and Government Program, AHS grad night and the Albany Triathlon. We have provided food at all of the City park clean up days and joined with the Friends of 5 Creeks to replace the signage at the Albany Waterfront. ACF collaborates with the Diverse Housing Working group and AUSD providing funding for the shower program at the Albany Aquatic Center for those experiencing homelessness or other housing challenges. ACF partnered with the City of Albany, University Village and the Albany Unified School District to present Near Normal Man as part of United Against Hate week. ACF was a major funder of the Albany Parklet. Please see our web site for more information about ACF,

If you would like to make a donation to the silent auction or money tree or to become a sponsor, please contact us at

All those who attended in past years had a wonderful time and I hope you will be able to join us this year at what has become a much anticipated Albany event, the 10th Chocolate and Champagne Gala on March 16.

Jewish Literature at the AHS Library

Albany High was honored to have George Elbaum share with our students about his personal experience surviving the Holocaust. Explore more perspectives on Jewish culture at Albany High Library. Here are some of our favorite books by and about Jewish people. Some of them are true, and others are fiction. They range from prose to comics to poetry. All of them are here for you to share in Jewish culture, so grab a book, find a seat and enjoy!

Amazing Fantastic Incredible , by Stan Lee   Beyond Courage , by Doreen Rappaport   The Golem and the Jinni , by Helene Wecker   Kissing in America , by Margo Rabb   Little & Lion , by Brandy Colbert   My Own Words , by Ruth Bader Ginsburg   Neither Yesterdays Nor Tomorrows , by George J. Elbaum   Yiddishkeit , by Harvey Pekar

Amazing Fantastic Incredible, by Stan Lee

Beyond Courage, by Doreen Rappaport

The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker

Kissing in America, by Margo Rabb

Little & Lion, by Brandy Colbert

My Own Words, by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Neither Yesterdays Nor Tomorrows, by George J. Elbaum

Yiddishkeit, by Harvey Pekar