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Deirdre Shepard

Editor in Chief (Web)

Deirdre Shepard is a senior at Redwood. Due to a speech impediment, Shepard could not pronounce her first name until she was seven years old. Her theme song is “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music, her role model is Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove, and her dream hairstyle is bald. Shepard used to be addicted to the Hokey-Pokey, but then she turned herself around. After school, she spends her time literally asking people if they would like fries with that. In her free time, she enjoys eating unhealthy foods and watching the worst reality television. Someday, Shepard hopes to be a hermit and live in a van down by the river, but as of now, she is content sharing a bedroom with her German Shepherd named German Shepard. Her biggest accomplishment to date is that she once cracked a crystal glass in half using only her forehead, which earned her the moniker “Hammerhead.” She is bilingual, speaking both English and sarcasm fluently.

Contact Deirdre Shepard: dshepard@redwoodbark.org


A British soldier must find his way to safety after accidentally being abandoned by his unit in the film '71.

’71 impresses despite lack of wide audience appeal

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As Pvt. Gary Hook prepares to be deployed to Northern Ireland at the beginning of the film “‘71,” he is reassured by his British army superior that he should not worry, as he is not even leaving the country—and therein lies the conflict. “‘71” is a historical action film set in its titular year about […]

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Senior to wrestle in state championship

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Redwood’s sole female wrestler, senior Hannah Twomey, will be competing today in the State Championships in Visalia, Calif. Twomey, who was seeded eighth in the 126-pound bracket at the Feb. 14 NCS girls’ wrestling tournament, pinned top seed Naomi Narvaez in the quarterfinals. She ultimately finished in second place. Twomey placed sixth in NCS as […]

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Board chooses consulting firm for superintendent search

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In a continuation of their search for a new superintendent, the Tam District Board of Trustees chose a search firm during Tuesday’s meeting. During a special meeting convened on Tuesday evening, Board members heard presentations from two search firms before deliberating and voting. The two firms, David Long and Associates and the Cosca Group, were […]

Courtesy of Frankie Frost/The Marin Independent Journal

Breaking: Superintendent’s husband confesses in cyberbullying controversy

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Superintendent Laurie Kimbrel’s husband has confessed to making insulting comments online about a Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) parent. The comments, made under the pseudonym “Tom Ohara,” included claims that district parent Mitch Wortzman was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and was embezzling from his company. Wortzman’s lawyer, Karl Olson, called the […]

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Board votes to create ad hoc advisory committee

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A special Board meeting was held on Thursday to discuss the creation of an Advisory Committee to assist the Board with the transitions they are planning to make. Marin Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke offered to organize an ad hoc committee with the goal of working through the staffing changes that the Tam District will […]

Board members discuss the issue of hiring a new superintendent at the TUHSD Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Updated: Harassment allegations leveled against superintendent, husband

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This story was updated on Feb. 12 at 10:00 a.m. to reflect superintendent and school Board comments. The superintendent and her husband are embroiled in controversy over online harassment charges made public at Tuesday’s Board meeting. Dr. Laurie Kimbrel, Tam District superintendent, and her husband were accused of targeting a district parent in defamatory online […]

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Students hold ‘die-in’ protest

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Students heading out to their cars for lunch on Monday first had to navigate around human obstacles lying on the floor in the hallways. About 20 students participated in a “die-in” during lunch on Dec. 15 in front of the administration offices. Organized by seniors Gabe Gennarelli and Sam Cook, the “die-in” protested recent shootings […]

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Local headmaster arrested for alleged drug possession

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The headmaster of The Branson School in Ross was arrested on Friday in Sacramento County after allegedly being found with drugs and an unconscious woman in his hotel room. Thomas Woodrow “Woody” Price, 54, of Ross, was booked on Oct. 3 under drug-related charges. Police found cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription drugs in a hotel […]

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National Merit Semifinalists announced

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Five Redwood students were recently named National Merit Semifinalists by the College Board. Seniors Giorgio Cico, Margaux Garcia, Jacob Mates, Shauna Perigo, and Kenan Perry were selected based on scores they received on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in October of their junior year. Around 16,000 seniors across the country were named […]

Junior Hayden Dean cradles the ball during a game held last spring against St. Francis in Sacramento.

Junior verbally commits to play Division I lacrosse

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Though most of her classmates are only beginning to think about where they want to go to college, junior Hayden Dean has already verbally committed to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Denver. Dean, a midfielder, averaged three goals per game last season for the Giants, and was placed on the Marin County […]