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O’Dowd Certified as a Bay Area Green Business

green-biz-logo_small After a lengthy and rigorous application process that included verification inspections to confirm the school operates in an environmentally sound manner, Bishop O’Dowd High School was certified as a Bay Area Green Business on June 27, 2016.

The certification not only confirms that O’Dowd has made outstanding efforts to comply with environmental requirements, but has also achieved excellence in reducing hazardous and solid waste generation, conserving resources and preventing pollution. Read more…

Clint Smith: The danger of silence

“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

Audition Announcement – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Auditions

Monday August 22 @ 3:30 to 6:30 in the Theater.
Tuesday August 23 @ 2 pm to 5 pm in the Theater.
Wednesday August 24 @ 3:30 to 6:30 in The Theater.

Callbacks on Friday Aug. 26 @ 3:30 to 6:30. Note – Callbacks are when we ask you to come back for a final audition before we cast the show. You are not required to come to all the auditions but it may be helpful.

This is an actor’s show, filled with comic timing! There are 17 exciting and hilarious roles, so be prepared to sing, dance, and act. Most of the roles are character roles and don’t require great singing! Do NOT be afraid of the singing, we will teach you! Tell all you friends and classmates! We always love to see new faces so please encourage one and all!

O’Dowd Drama Season Announcement

The Bishop O’Dowd Theater Arts Department has announced the shows for the 2016-2017 school year. The fall production will be A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, a slapstick musical farce based on the Roman comedies of Plautus, and Legally Blonde, a musical adaptation of the popular romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon.

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, considered one of the funniest musicals ever written, is a joyous Roman romp that includes desperate lovers, scheming neighbors, and secrets behind every toga. It features a score by the celebrated composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim.

The show will play November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m., and two Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m. Ticket order forms will be available on the school website under the Drama Activities page.

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Legally Blonde a fabulously fun musical based on the adored movie, following the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Performance dates are April 28, 29, May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m.

O’Dowd Students Honored at 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Scholarship Gala

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Evan Smith ’20 is the first recipient of the high school award bestowed by 100 Black Men of the Bay Area chapter, and received a $2,500 scholarship at the organization’s gala held on July 24 at Oakland’s Sequoyah Country Club. Read more…

Aliyah Turner ’16 Accepted Into Top Acting Program

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Aliyah Turner ’16 has come a long way since her first acting role – the baby elephant in Jungle Book.

An accomplished dancer and actor, Aliyah was one of only 18 applicants (from a pool of more than 1,000) accepted into the acting program at UCLA’s elite School of Theater, Film & Television. She begins her studies in September. Read more…

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Design Hub: Call for Materials for Reuse

The Design Hub is a new initiative at O’Dowd that coordinates student-centered design and fabrication ventures throughout the school. The Hub supports collaboration between academic, clubs, the student government, and service activities. As part of the emphasis on sustainability at the school, the Hub plans to utilize reused materials as much as possible. Listed below are some materials that are expected to be needed. Please bring you materials to Dr. Dave Hodul in room 110. View list of requested materials »

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Clint Smith: The danger of silence

"We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

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