Bishop O’Dowd High School is a Catholic college-preparatory community, guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ, that educates its diverse student body to build a more just, joyful and sustainable world.
Our educational mission is rooted in our Catholic heritage, educating students to live fulfilling lives and contribute to a more just, joyful and sustainable world. Our success is built on the partnership of students, staff, parents, the community, and the Diocese of Oakland. Our academic, spiritual, and co-curricular programs develop exceptional graduates who communicate Christ to others and enrich society through Gospel values and the way in which they live their lives.
A “charism” is a gift of the Holy Spirit and a set of spiritually inspired core values. At O’Dowd, our inclusive charism, “Finding God in all things” calls us to: community in diversity; strength of character; academic excellence; kinship with creation; social justice and joy.
Each year, school and student leadership strives to achieve this vision of an O’Dowd community enlivened, challenged and animated by the spirituality and values of our charism. While giving preference to Catholics, we welcome students of all faiths who embrace our mission and contribute to it.