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The DRAGONMagazine - Bishop O'Dowd High School

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On This Rock I Will Build My <strong>School</strong><br />

This photo of the <strong>O'Dowd</strong> campus in 1951 was discovered by Siegel & Strain architect<br />

Karen Richards during her research to determine the siting of the new Center for<br />

Environmental Studies. Read about the CES project on page 24.<br />

Jack Dold<br />

1966 – Missionary Oblates of Mary<br />

Immaculate assume administration of<br />

the school, with Fr. Frank Wagner, OMI,<br />

serving as principal. Jack Dold is the first<br />

lay vice principal of the school, serving<br />

O’Dowd through 1975.<br />

Tuition and fees $210<br />

8 THE DRAGON<br />

Before O’Dowd was a bustling high<br />

school campus, the school property was<br />

a rock quarry, owned by Joseph Catucci,<br />

an excavation, grading and concrete<br />

contractor.<br />

Joseph’s wife, Bella, took over the<br />

company after her husband’s passing in<br />

1939, and kept it going until the mid<br />

1940s.<br />

In 1946, she sold off part of<br />

the property to EBMUD for the<br />

construction of the Seneca Reservoir.<br />

<strong>Bishop</strong> O’Dowd <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> was built<br />

in 1951 on the balance of the Catucci<br />

property.<br />

Aerial view of campus in 2007.<br />

1967 – <strong>The</strong> boy’s basketball<br />

team, coached by Frank<br />

LaPorte, posts a 37-2 record<br />

and is voted the designated<br />

state champion.

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