Gateway to History for Centennial Bash

Friday, April 5, 2013

As Claremont Middle School celebrates its 100th birthday this year, efforts are under way to restore the historic gate that may be the last remaining piece of the original school. Claremont, along with other beautiful Oakland public schools from the early 20th century, was deemed seismically unsafe in the 1970s, when it was torn down and rebuilt.

According to Claremont parent Kristofer Brekke, who is leading the restoration campaign, the gate was saved but placed in an interior courtyard, where it deteriorated from exposure to the elements. Today, the gate stands at the corner of College Avenue and Birch Court. Brekke is researching multiple scenarios for gate restoration, ranging from cosmetic repair and protection from further deterioration to more extensive historic preservation. To donate to the gate restoration project, visit

Join in the Claremont Centennial Celebration

Mark your calendar for the Claremont Centennial Celebration, Saturday, June 1, 3 to 5 p.m. Reunion festivities will take place in the garden and on the school yard, with live music, special guest speakers, birthday cake and a display of memorabilia from the schoolÕs 100-year history. One alumna who plans to attend is Charlotte Coomber, who attended Claremont in the early 1940s. She and her junior high friends have been meeting annually for lunch for more than 30 years. ÒMy days at Claremont were full of learning and pleasure. Now we can look forward to the next 100 years!

If you attended Claremont and have memories, photos or memorabilia to share, please contact Claremont 8th grade parent Michelle Bilensky at Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, and Claremont alumni who have moved from Rockridge. Donate to the Claremont Fund in support of our cherished school. Visit the school website at to make a donation and/or find out more about the plans. To help with the celebration outreach and planning, contact Michelle Bilensky.