Berkeley Students

Berkeley Unified School District serves 9,410 students are enrolled in grades K-12 in the Berkeley Unified School District:

  • 3,430  high school students

  • 1,940 middle school students

  • 4,040 elementary students

Here are some statistics that tell you about our students:

  • Ethnic diversity: 8% Asian, 24% African American, 32% White, 21% Latino, 15% Multi-ethnic/Other
  • Languages spoken: more than 40
  • Math CST (grades 2-7): 72% proficient or advanced
  • English Language Arts (grades 2-11): 62% proficient or advanced
  • 785 high school students took 1,609 AP tests in May, 2011
  • 84.5% Graduation Rate (as compared to state-wide 74.4%)

More information about our students can be found by reading the BUSD District Information Sheet 2011 (PDF).

 

 

The Berkeley School District celebrated its 130th birthday in 2008; over the years many alums have found world-wide renown. A list of just a few of our more well-recognized alumni includes, alphabetically:

  • Chidi Ahanotu, 1988 – NFL defensive end.
  • Ambrose Akinmusire, 2000 – jazz trumpet player.
  • Peter Apfelbaum, 1978 – multi-instrumentalist/composer
  • Anastasia M. Ashman, 1982 – author
  • Shooty Babitt, 1977 – Major League Baseball Player Oakland A’s
  • Amir Bar-Lev, 1990 – documentary director/producer
  • Don Barksdale, 1941 – All-American basketball player at UCLA; first African American on U.S. Olympic basketball team (1948); first African American to play in NBA All-Star Game (1953)
  • David-Matthew Barnes, 1988 – novelist, playwright, poet and filmmaker
  • Steven Bernstein, 1979 – trumpeter, slide trumpeter, arranger/composer and bandleader
  • Elmer Bischoff, Artist
  • Stephen Bishop, 1958 – classical pianist
  • Audie Bock, 1963/64, California politician and film scholar
  • Richard Bolt, 1928 – MIT physics professor; Created BBN (“Modem” and “e-mail”)
  • John Brillhart, 1948 – mathematician, author of books on large-number factorization
  • David Brower, Founder, Friends of the Earth
  • Glenn Burke, 1970 – MLB baseball player
  • Phil Chenier, 3-time NBA All-Star
  • Je’Rod Cherry – NFL Safety, 1996-2004.
  • Robert Culp, 1947 – actor
  • Belva Davis, KPIX news
  • Shirley Dean, Berkeley City Council member 1975-1982 and 1986–1994, and Mayor of Berkeley 1994-2002
  • Philip K. Dick – author, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (in film as Blade Runner)
  • David Ellis, 1985 – jazz musician
  • Ron Fimrite, Author, Journalist
  • John Froines, 1957 – Chicago Seven defendant, state track title team member, UCLA professor
  • Richard Gant, 1961 – television and film actor
  • David Gardner, former UC President
  • Joe and Eddie (Joe Gilbert and Eddie Brown), folk singers
  • David Gordon – editor of Harvard Crimson, economist, syndicated columnist
  • Benny Green, 1980 – jazz pianist
  • Sandra Gulland, novelist
  • Elihu Harris, 1965 – Mayor of Oakland, California, 1991–99, State Legislator
  • Nina Hartley, 1977 – actress
  • Tremaine Hawkins, Gospel Singer
  • Gregory Hoblit, 1962 – television and film director, Director: Primal Fear, Fallen, Frequency
  • Charlie Hunter, 1985 – guitarist
  • Timothy Hutton, 1978 – film and television actor
  • Ian Inaba, 1989 – music video/film director.
  • Shelley Jackson – author of Patchwork Girl.
  • Ruppert Jones – 1973 – MLB player, 2-time All Star
  • Greg ‘Curly’ Keranen, 1973 – bassist, The Rubinoos, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
  • Josh Kornbluth, 1975 – Monologist, writer, actor,host of the “The Josh Kornbluth Show”
  • Jack LaLanne, 1935 – fitness educator
  • John Lambert – basketball player at USC and in NBA for multiple teams
  • Ursula K. LeGuin, Prolific Author, Poet, The Earthsea Trilogy
  • Ronald A. Lesea, 1958 (d. 2004), inventor of Sylvania’s low-wattage light bulbs, dimmable fluorescent lamps
  • Phil Lesh, 1957 – Grateful Dead bass player
  • Laurie Lewis, Bluegrass Musician
  • Mark London Williams, 1977 – author
  • Eli Marienthal, 2004 – actor
  • Billy Martin, 1946 –  MLB Yankee second baseman, and manager of four playoff teams, (Twins, Yankees, Detroit, A’s) including one championship
  • Lawrence McGrew, 1975   NFL Linebacker 1980 – 1991
  • Leah Meyerhoff, 1997 – Student Academy Award nominated filmmaker.
  • Dave Meyers, 1990 – music video/film director.
  • Jesse Michaels – singer for Operation Ivy, Common Rider
  • Dawn Monique Williams, 1996 – director
  • Alison Muscatine, Rhodes Scholar, Speech Writer
  • Hannibal Navies, 1995 – NFL
  • Steve Odom, NFL Wide Receiver 1974 – 1977
  • Johnny Otis, Musician
  • Aaron Peskin, 1982 – President, Board of San Francisco City Supervisors
  • Lenny Pickett – Saturday Night Live Saxophone player
  • R. Kent Rasmussen, 1961 – prolific author
  • Joshua Redman, 1986 – jazz musician
  • Michael Ritchie, 1956 – film director
  • Rebecca Romijn, 1990 – actress
  • Galen Rowell, 1958 – wilderness photographer and climber
  • Sam Ruben, 1931, Co-discoverer of C14, a radioactive isotope of carbon in 1940.
  • Andy Samberg, 1996 – Actor, comedian
  • Akiva Schaffer, 1996 – comedy writer and director, Saturday Night Live writer and director
  • Ariel Schrag, 1998 – Cartoonist/graphic novelist
  • Bobby Seale, 1954 – co-founder of Black Panther Party
  • David A. Smith, 1976, co-discoverer of a large number of gamma-ray pulsars.
  • Lloyd M. Smith, 1972, inventor of fluorescence-based automated DNA sequencing
  • Elizabeth Treadwell, 1985 – poet
  • Morrie Turner, Wee Pals Cartoonist
  • Geoff Tyson – Acclaimed guitarist and record producer.
  • Claudell Washington – MLB outfielder
  • Pei-Yuan Wei, 1986 – created ViolaWWW, one of the first graphical web browsers.
  • Thornton Wilder, c. 1915 – novelist and playwright, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author/Playwright, Our Town
  • Charlotte Wilder, c. 1915 -poet and sister of Thornton Wilder
  • Helen Wills-Moody, 8-time Wimbledon tennis champion

 


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