The San Leandro High School Pirates lost their principal early on this school year when she took a job as superintendent of the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program, and will have to wait until next year for a permanent replacement.
Linda Granger's last day was Sept. 15, but district officials said they have had a tough time filling the job and will wait until the spring to advertise it again.
"This of course is a difficult time of the year to hire a principal, especially a high school principal for a school of our size," said district Superintendent Mike McLaughlin. Two internal candidates were not picked by the selection committee, and a final candidate withdrew before the hire was complete, he said.
Granger served as principal of San Leandro High, her alma mater, for four years, overseeing more than 2,600 students. She will now oversee career and technical occupation programs provided to San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward and Castro Valley schools.
The district has hired retired administrator Gil Cho to serve as interim principal for the school year.
Mural commemorates old Hayward High
A mural paying tribute to the old Hayward High School will be dedicated at the current campus on Thursday, Nov. 14.
The school also is resurrecting the senior patio, with marble benches from the old school surrounding an "H" inlaid in concrete.
"The idea is to remember the history and tradition of the old Hayward High," said school board member Lisa Brunner, who volunteered her time as an alumni parent to work on the project. She worked with muralist Suzanne Gayle on some designs, and Principal George Bullis made the final choice.
The alumni mural project was funded with money from the city's mural project and donations, including money given for memorial bricks on the patio, Brunner said. Donations are still being accepted.
Brunner credits school librarian Sheryle Gray for coming up with the idea. "She wanted a mural dedicated to the old Hayward High so the kids won't forget it," Brunner said. Gray has a collection of memorabilia from the old school and yearbooks dating back decades.
For years, Hayward High was on Foothill Boulevard. The building, which featured Ionic pillars, was closed in 1962 and the school moved to its current location on East Avenue. The old building was later demolished.
The response from students about the mural has been positive, Brunner said. "They say, 'God, that was a beautiful building. Why did they tear it down?'"
The dedication will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the school, at 1633 East Ave.
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