Who we are:
Oakland International High School (OIHS) was created seven years ago to support the newly arrived immigrant community. Not only do we come from all parts of Oakland, we come from all over the world speaking over 32 languages from 33 different countries including: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, China, Congo-Brazzaville, D.R. Congo, Cuba, El Salvador, Eritrea,Etiopía, Gabón, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Liberia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen.
To learn more about us : http://www.oihsfield.org/
Soccer Unites Us:
Transitioning to a new country, language, and culture has been tough for all of us, but having a little piece of home continues to make all the difference. One of the most important programs at our school is called Soccer Without Borders. Students might not speak the same native languages, but the language of soccer unites us, provides us with a sense of family and community, and creates a space where we can work as a team and practice our English outside of the classroom in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, we do not have a field to practice on regularly and safely at our school.
Although a baseball field is attached to our school campus, we are often not allowed to use it. We must play soccer on concrete and asphalt in the back of our school. The baseball field is controlled by nearby Oakland Technical High School. Starting from November 2013 (to June 2014), the OIHS soccer program has not been allowed any space to practice. Similarly, from November to January 2014, our PE classes have had no place to play. The inaccessibility of the field was due to reseeding the grass and Tech’s baseball practice schedule. We believe this is unfair and inequitable.
Now, our school is taking a big step. We want to build a soccer field of our own! To accomplish this goal, we would like to share the back of the school with Oakland Tech by creating a dual-use space. This way, we can have our own soccer field, but also preserve Oakland Tech’s “Field of Dreams,” because we know how important sports and dreams are; we have our own, too.
Our request to the public:
To support and know about us go to this our soccer campaign website:
Please help us get a soccer field of our own by signing the petition below:
As a supporter of Oakland schools and the Temescal community, I urge you to create a multi-sport recreational space at Oakland International High School.
I support the building of a soccer field to serve the needs of the students of Oakland International High School and the conversion of the current baseball only facility to a dual purpose baseball-softball facility. Additionally, I support the community’s use of the soccer, softball, and baseball facilities when it is not in use by OUSD sports teams and after school programs.
Together, we can create an active and healthy community that benefits the entire Temescal community, the City of Oakland, and beyond.
Thank you for your time,