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In 2007, McClymonds had over 100 graduates. In 2008, McClymonds had the highest CAHSEE test scores in the Oakland Unified School District.
McClymonds High School was established in 1915. After 90 years, on August 29, 2005, it was divided into three smaller schools: EXCEL High School (Experience, eXcellence, Community, Empowerment, and Leadership), BEST High School (Business Entrepreneurial School of Technology), and Kizmet Academy (slogan: Students Destined for Greatness), a middle school.
EXCEL and BEST each served about 300-400 high school students in the 2005-06 school year, while Kizmet Academy served approximately 150 middle school students. In the 2007-08 year, a total of 508 students were enrolled, with 221 in BEST and 287 in EXCEL.
In the 2007-08 year, Kizmet Academy was discontinued. EXCEL and BEST are still in operation.
Currently many students are working in conjunction with students from nearby UC Berkeley to revitalize a dilapidated drug-ridden park into a history learning park and expand it into the school's campus.
There is an adult school located on the campus as well.
EXCEL High School is focused on preparing its students for postsecondary education. Through its SMArt (Storytelling, Media, and Art) Academy, EXCEL offers video production, and has a Law and Government Academy. EXCEL's Law and Government Academy has competed in Mock Trial with other high schools, like Piedmont High School. EXCEL also offers AVID classes.
EXCEL High School created Akanke, a chapter of Daughters of Queens Sorority, Inc., the first high school sorority in Northern California.
BEST is a college preparatory high school with an entrepreneurship emphasis. The expectation that every student will achieve educational excellence with academic support is inherent in the school's philosophy. Small classes and close interaction with experienced and dedicated faculty are a hallmark of education at BEST. The teacher-to-student ratio is about 1:25.
BEST, through its Culinary Arts Academy, offers cooking and food science, and through its ACE Academy, it offers wood shop and business management. BEST offers business classes, with the NFTE curriculum, where students are able to complete business plans and compete for scholarships.
McClymonds offers a variety of sports, including football, baseball, basketball, cross-country, track, and others. Although McClymonds is separated into two schools, the sports teams are still one, under the mascot of the Warrior. Historically, McClymonds High School has performed excellently at sports, including football.
On May 16, 2006, the Oakland City Council adopted a Resolution, sponsored by Councilmember Nancy J. Nadel (District 3), congratulating the McClymonds Football Team For Excellence in Athletics and Academics, recognizing that McClymonds High School ranked #1 in the East Bay and Northern California as the high school with the most football players (9) attending Division I universities, under the direction of head football coach Alonzo Carter. McClymonds was the only high school in the nation that year with three Top 100 Prospects, and, with only 600-650 students, ranked #1 in Northern California for Division I Signees, and ranked #2 in the State, behind Long Beach Poly, which had 5,000 students.
On March 15, 2008, McClymonds achieved its first ever Division I state championship basketball win over Dominguez High School of Compton, California, 73-54, at the Arco Arena, as the culmination of their undefeated streak of 32 wins and no losses.
McClymonds's health center, founded by Children's Hospital doctor and UC Berkeley alumna Barbara Staggers and named after activist Chappell Hayes was opened in 2005. It serves McClymonds students, alumni, and members of the West Oakland community.