Our mission

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.

The O’Dowd Student

O’Dowd  prepares students for lives of spiritual, intellectual, and personal growth and to create positive change. Graduates will be:

Academic Achievers
Spiritual Individuals
Effective Communicators
Active Leaders
Globally Responsible Citizens
Life-long Learners

Charism Values & Superhero Powers

At O’Dowd, students have the opportunity to develop the values that are described in our charism . In homage to the universal appeal of superheroes, we have developed these characters to convey the characteristics that will be cultivated in your student during their four years at O’Dowd.


Getting Here »

You have many options when it comes to visiting our campus. We’re located right off a major highway and on various local bus lines as well. Check out all your options and find the best one for you.

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Fast Facts »

Looking for some fun, interesting facts about Bishop O’Dowd High School? Here’s where you’ll find them. Learn all about our school, our student body and the O’Dowd college preparatory experience.

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Who We Are »

To learn about, or contact, any of our administration, faculty or staff, please see our full directory.

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History »

Established in 1951, Bishop O’Dowd High School has a rich history as a Catholic institution and high school. Learn more about how we were formed and how we’ve kept pace over the years as the preeminent educational choice in Oakland.

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