KQED Radio
KQED Newssee more
Latest Newscasts:KQEDNPR
Player Sponsored By
upper waypoint

Environmental Concerns Heightened in West Oakland Following McClymonds High School Closure

Save ArticleSave Article
Failed to save article

Please try again

Destiny Shabazz, 17, works on scholarship applications at McClymonds High School’s College & Career Center. (Lee Romney/KQED)

This week, McClymonds High School students attended classes, but not at their campus. McClymonds abruptly closed last Thursday after district officials found trichlorethylene, or TCE, in groundwater below the school. TCE, a known carcinogen, can vaporize and contaminate the air. While preliminary tests at the school show the air to be safe, community members remain skeptical, highlighting long-standing concerns about environmental justice in West Oakland. Meanwhile, the school’s 350 students have been assigned to nearby schools as lab testing continues. We’ll hear from local officials and community members on this news and we want to hear from you: is your family impacted by the school closure?


John Sasaki, director of communications, Oakland Unified School District

Laura Klivans, reporter, KQED News

Lynette Gibson McElhaney, councilmember, Oakland's District 3 representing West Oakland


lower waypoint
next waypoint
Blowing the Whistle on Medical ResearchForum From the Archives: From Beyoncé to Lil Hardin, 'My Black Country' Celebrates the Undersung Black History and Future of Country MusicForum From the Archives: Remembering Glide Memorial's Cecil WilliamsMiranda July Wrestles with the Female Midlife Crisis in ‘All Fours’Rachel Khong’s Novel ‘Real Americans’ Questions the Limits of Identity‘My Octopus Teacher’ Filmmaker on Connecting to Our Wild SelvesState Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Prop. 22 … and the Gig EconomyShefali Luthra on the ‘Undue Burden’ of Post-Roe Reproductive CareAll You Can Eat: Yes, the Bay Area Does Have a Late Night Dining SceneNicholas Kristof On Finding Hope Through Journalism