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					Vincent Matthews                                                                Communications Office
State Administrator                                                                Contact: Troy Flint

Oakland Unified                                                                  Phone (510) 879-8242
School District                                                                     Cell (510) 206-3737
1025 Second Avenue                                                                  Fax (510) 879-8800
Oakland, CA 94606                                                             troy.flint@ousd.k12.ca.us
www.ousd.k12.ca.us


                Oakland Unified School District Press Advisory
                                     For Immediate Release

 OUSD and City to Host Rally in Honor of McClymonds Boys Basketball Team
    District joins mayor, local officials, business leaders and community organizations
      in recognizing state champions and sponsoring commemorative paraphernalia

Oakland – April 02, 2008 – The Oakland Unified School District will join the Mayor’s Office,
the District 3 Council Office and the City Administrator’s Office to host a rally in honor of the
McClymonds Boys Basketball team on Friday, April 4, 2008 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. The
event, scheduled for City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, will honor the remarkable achievements of
McClymonds’ 2007-08 squad, which capped an undefeated season by taking the state title in a
73-54 triumph over Dominguez of Compton, CA. The victory concluded the first undefeated
campaign in the modern era of the Oakland Athletic League (OAL) and cemented McClymonds’
place as one of the nation’s top basketball teams.


“Winning a state title in undefeated fashion is a fantastic achievement in and of itself. The feat,
however, is all the more remarkable when one considers the personal loss and socioeconomic
disadvantages overcome by some members of the Warriors squad,” said OUSD State
Administrator Vincent Matthews. “The Oakland community has ample reason to honor this
team, not only for its victory, but also for the character, dedication and perseverance it
demonstrated – qualities many of our students exhibit on a regular basis. The McClymonds
2007-08 state champions are a visible example of the unrecognized excellence which occurs in
OUSD every day and we salute their accomplishments.”


Following the proceedings at City Hall, players and supporters will return to McClymonds' West
Oakland campus for a carnival from 3:45 PM to 7:00 PM. The players will also be honored with
proclamations from the Oakland Board of Education during its April 9 meeting and by City
Council during its meeting on April 15. The ceremonies, both beginning at approximately 6:00
PM, are another indication of the widespread pride inspired by the championship.

                            every student. every classroom. every day.
The state title, the Warriors’ first in 30 years, connects current students to McClymonds’ legacy
as the “School of Champions” and builds on a rich history that includes NBA great Bill Russell
and MLB Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, among other luminaries. Both West Oakland and the
city at large have embraced the 2007-08 champions, not only for their emphatic victory, but
also for the character they showed en route. The April 4 rally offers the community a chance to
publicly recognize these athletes, and also, reflect on the ways in which it can support students
at McClymonds and throughout OUSD at a time when severe budget cuts threaten athletic and
other extracurricular opportunities.


Numerous members of the Oakland education, political and business communities have offered
freely of their time and money to help ensure that the McClymonds team receives the
recognition it deserves, most notably, District 3 Board of Education Member Gregory Hodge;
District 3 City Council Member Nancy Nadel; Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, U.S. Representative
Barbara Lee; the Port of Oakland; Brian Rogers, Executive Director of the Rogers Family
Foundation; Attorney Robert Kidd of Stein, Rudser, Cohen & Magid LLP; Bob Spencer, former
School Board Member and Principal Consultant at Munifinancial; the East Bay Community
Foundation and Forest City Enterprises. These timely contributions illustrate how partnerships
can play an important role in supporting Oakland students.




                            every student. every classroom. every day.

				
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