The DRAGONMagazine - Bishop O'Dowd High School

The DRAGONMagazine - Bishop O'Dowd High School

The DRAGONMagazine - Bishop O'Dowd High School


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On This Rock I Will Build My School

This photo of the O'Dowd campus in 1951 was discovered by Siegel & Strain architect

Karen Richards during her research to determine the siting of the new Center for

Environmental Studies. Read about the CES project on page 24.

Jack Dold

1966 – Missionary Oblates of Mary

Immaculate assume administration of

the school, with Fr. Frank Wagner, OMI,

serving as principal. Jack Dold is the first

lay vice principal of the school, serving

O’Dowd through 1975.

Tuition and fees $210


Before O’Dowd was a bustling high

school campus, the school property was

a rock quarry, owned by Joseph Catucci,

an excavation, grading and concrete


Joseph’s wife, Bella, took over the

company after her husband’s passing in

1939, and kept it going until the mid


In 1946, she sold off part of

the property to EBMUD for the

construction of the Seneca Reservoir.

Bishop O’Dowd High School was built

in 1951 on the balance of the Catucci


Aerial view of campus in 2007.

1967 – The boy’s basketball

team, coached by Frank

LaPorte, posts a 37-2 record

and is voted the designated

state champion.

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