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Scholars Success and Go Dragons!
President's Message

As we end Black History Month, I wanted to share some exciting news about our Sac High scholars who are shining in both the classroom and on the court. We are proud to be a part of Cal State Chico’s Fulbright Program and Sac High Principal Christina Williams-James shared our scholars’ academic successes in an opinion editorial in the Sacramento Observer. Our boys basketball team had a very exciting season making it to round one of the 2023 CIF State Boys Basketball Championships.

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Dragons Basketball Celebrates Big Wins: Boys Basketball Team Advances to Section Finals and Girl’s Basketball Coach Celebrates 300 Wins
February 2023

The Sac High Boys basketball team had an exciting win on February 22 beating Placer High school 73 to 59. The Dragons led by Coach Matt Johnson, a Sac High alumni, are now 24-7.  Sac High will face off against two-time defending Division III champion Vanden High School in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section finals at the Golden 1 Center at 4pm on Saturday, February 25. We hope you can come cheer our Dragons on! Ticket information can be found here.

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Sac High Hosts International Teachers as Part of Cal State Chico’s Fulbright Program

We are thrilled to have hosted several international teachers of English as a Foreign Language at Sac High as part of Cal State Chico’s Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (FTEA). The teachers came to Sac High to learn about U.S. practices in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, service learning, and the use of technology in the classroom. FTEA program manager Heather Hacking says “we chose Sac High because it has a dynamic program that teaches students not only what they should learn, but that they CAN learn.”

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Paving the Way for a Brighter Future
President's Message

Black History month is an important time of reflection and connectivity. It is a time to honor the past as we recognize how previous struggles connect to the present day and pave the way for a brighter future. An important part of this includes ensuring that our youth are connected to leaders who look like them and are from their communities. Hearing about their life journeys, struggles, career aspirations, and successes shows them that they too can achieve what they set their minds to. 

Article Capital Public Radio - Friday, February 10, 2023By:  Srishti Prabha 

Sacramento Charter High School kicks off Black History Month with local speaker chosen by students
Kevin Powers speaks at Sacramento High School in Sacramento, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023

Amaya Pernell, a 17-year-old student at Sacramento Charter High school, said she was working at Underground Books when she came across “Not Today Fear!” written by Kevin Powers. She said Powers’ book confronts fear, an emotion that she said was familiar and found it “can really stop you from succeeding.” 

When it came time to book speakers for her high school’s Black History month, she said she was determined to get Powers, a Sacramento native, in front of her classmates. 

Article Sacramento Historical SocietyBy: Meagan McPhillips

St. HOPE’s History Builds the Foundation for its Future
Oct 7, 2020

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

With 30 years of challenges, successes and reinvention, St. HOPE proves it’s a valuable part of the Oak Park community.

History of Sacramento High School

St. HOPE was founded in 2003 but the school campus’ history dates back to the late 19th century. Named after the city, Sacramento High School started as a small one room building with less than 40 students in attendance. After several moves the school settled at its current location at 34th and Y street in 1924.

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‘Says a lot about school spirit’: Sacramento Charter High School football players clean up field
KCRA 8.6.22

When the Sacramento Charter High School football team shows up to practice, sometimes they have to pick up after dogs. It’s one of the many disadvantages that come with having an older field.

Some people think the football field is a dog park. But it’s not. Now, a former player is giving back to his community by starting a fundraiser to make improvements to the field at the oldest high school in Sacramento.

“We don’t have a lot, so we have to work harder than the other teams,” said Lamar Radcliffe, 16, junior running back.

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All families are invited to St. HOPE Public Schools’ Spring Festival!

All families are invited to St. HOPE Public Schools’ Spring Festival! SHPS will be hosting a free admission event with local night market vendors, food trucks, community resources, and a kids zone with a variety of activities and attractions. This event will safely bring everyone together for a day of family-friendly fun in the Oak Park community. The kids zone will feature face painting, bounce houses, a petting zoo, carnival rides, and more! 

Join us Saturday, April 9th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Sacramento Charter High School football field. 

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Alumni Highlight: Aryanna Lewis

Recently, we caught up with St. HOPE alumnae, Aryanna Lewis, to discuss her recently being crowned as Miss Black Sacramento. Aryanna who attended St. HOPE Public Schools from Kindergarten - High School, graduated from Sac High, Class of 2014 and was her class Student Body Vice President. She credits her St. HOPE background as the foundation of her morals and as the pathway that lead her to reach higher goals. We are certainly proud of Aryanna’s accomplishments and how she continues to be a positive representative of our St. HOPE family!

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Matt Johnson to Coach Boys Varsity Basketball Team
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Sac High is excited to announce Matt Johnson as the new Varsity Boy’s Basketball coach. As an alumni of Sac High, Johnson was a three-year varsity letterman in basketball and was nominated as a Dragon team MVP, Capital Athletic League MVP and was named 1 st team All-City.

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Let’s Read Oak Park
Launch of New St. HOPE Reading Initiative

With a new focus on racial injustice, there is a spotlight on the sobering statistics in the reading levels between black and white students. In 2019, The Nation’s Report Card from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that just 15% of Black 8th graders were at or above reading “proficiency.” About half didn’t even reach the “basic” reading benchmark.

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Free Drive Through Covid-19 Testing Site at Sac High
Sponsored by St. HOPE and EventMD

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In an effort to serve and respond to the needs of our community St. HOPE is teaming up with EventMD to provide a drive-through COVID Testing Site at Sacramento High School starting Saturday, January 15th.  Both PCR and Antigen rapid testing will be available weekly on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 9 AM to 2 PM.  Please get vaccinated and tested to keep yourself and others safe. 

Article By James PatrickThe Sacramento Bee

Sacramento defense provides plenty of reasons to make the Dragons a playoff pick
November 8, 2021

We already knew the Sacramento Charter High School offense could score in bunches. Saturday’s 41-19 win over Golden Valley in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs provided a reminder: The defense is also really good and the Dragons will be a factor in the Division III playoffs.

Sacramento had three interceptions in the first half as Damarion Taylor, Terance Williams Jr. and Keimari Benjamin all stole the ball from the Cougars.

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Increasing Access to College

Sac High Seniors recently participated in the annual Cash for College workshop to apply for Federal grants and loans to pay for college.  During the Cash For College event hosted by Sac High, advisors assisted students with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act (CADAA), unlocking financial resources and making their dreams to attend  college become a reality. 

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Colour of Music Festival Debuts in Sacramento November 10-13

We are thrilled to welcome the Colour of Music Festival to Sacramento! Since 2013, the Colour of Music Festival has showcased the talents of black classical musicians and composers and highlighted their impact and historical significance on American and world culture. The Festival began with performances in Charleston, South Carolina and is now bringing some of the top black classical musicians, trained at some of the most prestigious music schools, conservatories and universities in the world, to Sacramento.

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Sac High Kicks Off the School Year With Back To School Night & Footlocker

At St. HOPE Public Schools, our goal is always to take every opportunity to create memorable events for our scholars and families. We also work to collaborate with community partners to bring differentiated opportunities to our campus! On Thursday, August 19th, Sac High welcomed over 50% of our families to campus for Back To School Night! In collaboration with Footlocker we gave away over 250 backpacks and 300+ t-shirts and our scholars and families experienced a great evening with a local DJ, photographer, and amazing music! Our scholars and families were able to connect with Footlocker Stripers to talk about college and career paths, and also get some fun swag to show off at school and in the community.