Claremont Centennial Celebrates Long Success

“This School Has Been Here Since 1913”
Saturday, March 2, 2013

Claremont Middle School is now in its 100th year, something to celebrate! All are invited to come to the party: alumni, members of the community (past, present, and future), Knight athletes, members of the Claremont Band and Orchestra, teachers, staff, and of course the current Claremont students, who are thriving under the leadership of co-principals Ronald and Reginald Richardson.

There will be an afternoon gathering from 3 to 5 p.m. in the beautiful school garden next to Birch Court on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Claremont Middle School. Attendees can reunite with old classmates, listen to a guest speaker or two, and enjoy birthday cake and refreshments. Families are encouraged to bring a basketball or a kickball so we can play some games together on the blacktop. What was P.E. class at Claremont like in the 1950s? Or the 1970s? Is it true that the Rockridge branch of the Oakland Public Library was once housed in a portable on the Claremont campus? We want to hear your stories!

How can Rockridge News readers help? Please spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, and especially Claremont alumni who have moved out of Rockridge. Donate to the Claremont Fund in support of our cherished neighborhood school. Go to the school website to make a donation and/or find out more about the plans as they develop. Anyone interested in helping with the outreach and planning for the celebration should contact Claremont 8th grade parent Michelle Bilensky at

But Wait… There’s More

A Claremont PTA subcommittee is organizing a Capital Campaign Fund Drive for the repair and restoration of the school’s historic iron gate, which now stands at the corner of College Avenue and Birch Court.

Go to the school website at to make a donation or contact Claremont 8th-grade parent Michelle Bilensky at for more information.

Jennifer Vetter, Claremont Parent