Fremont O.G. has advice for seniors

Fremont O.G. has advice for seniors

Looking back Dan Cunningham looks back on his high school days, as sophomore reporter Richard Vu takes notes. Photo was taken by Henry Jean-Philippe

Seniors should rule the school — but mainly with positive peer pressure.

This is the opinion of head custodian Dan Cunningham, who has spent 31 years working for Oakland Unified School District and four at Fremont High.

He’s also a 1975 Fremont High graduate and says Fremont should return to any of the ways it used to be.

Back in those days, said Cunningham, Fremont was an open campus and had a lot more sports, such as a swim team and gymnastics team. He said the student body was more racially diverse, the security force had only one officer, and students used more positive peer pressure than they do now.

“In 1975, I don’t remember the litter situation being this bad, seems like there’s no pride in this school,” he said.
Cunningham would like to see the upperclassmen rule the school again to make sure underclassmen are socially responsible.

A good time for that, he noted, would have been a few weeks ago when students started fires several times in the
bathrooms. He said that back in 1975, if a senior would have seen that, he or she would have told the student not to do that, and they would have listened.

Fights in 1975 happened a lot more quickly than they do now, said Cunningham.

The people quarreling usually made up, and sometimes they even became friends, which was the most civil way to
solve a problem. “It was only like two people engaging, not two people, then ten more joining in,” he said.

Parent/teacher meetings were better attended, making a lot more money for the school, and allowing more activities for students, he remembers.

On the other hand, Cunningham said he is optimistic about the new Family Center, which opened this year.

“With the new [Family] Center, they are trying to get parents involved,” he said. It seems like it’s slowly working.”
Cunningham remains hopeful about the future. “I’ll be optimistic, it has to get better.”

Other things Cunningham remembers fondly about Fremont in 1975 are auto shop, metal shop and music classes. He wishes they were still around.

“And lunch is only 30 minutes (now). What are students going to do with that time?” said Cunningham.

Furthermore, Cunningham said he’d like to see students proud to say they are Fremont High students.

“Back then, you could say, ‘I go to Fremont High and like it,” he said.

“I don’t know if the upperclassmen are scared or whatever,” he continued, “but they need to take action, these [younger] kids need role models.”