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Contact Julia Jacoby: jjacoby@redwoodbark.org.


College Essays

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In this series, the Bark’s Remarks explored college essays. Seniors read and discussed their favorite college essay with us. You can find this podcast and more by visiting the Redwood Bark on Soundcloud.


Threats and tragedies spark security changes

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A wave of anxiety washed through the halls when the fire alarm rang out two days following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The parallels between Parkland’s tragedy and the environment of Redwood became all too similar. Both are wealthy communities known for their well-established public schools, and with the fire alarm echoing through […]

‘Sing Unburied Sing’ hits all the right notes

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“The branches are full. They are full with ghosts, two or three, all the way up to the top, to the feathered leaves,” thinks Jojo, a biracial 13-year-old boy, standing in his grandparents’ yard. This image is emblematic of perhaps the most human aspect of the Jesmyn Ward novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing:” that which haunts […]

Lamenting the end of the SF-Osaka sister city status

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During World War II, the Japanese Imperialist Army coerced between 80,000 and 200,000 women and girls, mostly from China, Korea and the Philippines, into sexual slavery and brothels in occupied regions throughout eastern Asia. These women became known as “Comfort Women,”—a loose translation of the Japanese word for prostitute—and were forced to have sex with […]


One year later: Documentary explores the idiosyncrasies of American politics

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Going into election day, the polls had Donald Trump at a seven to 29 percent chance of winning the presidential election, according to FiveThirtyEight. His victory was a shock to almost all Americans, regardless of political affiliation. Nearly a year after his historic election—a year of paranoia, conspiracy and division—it was difficult for me to […]

A Corgi enjoys a belly scratch.

Photo Gallery: Corgis invade Ocean Beach for charity event

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Hundreds of Corgis—and people who adore them—gathered on Ocean Beach on Saturday, Oct. 21 to celebrate the chubby torsos and stubby legs of these beloved dogs. The event, which occurs semi-annually, is known as Corgi Con. The event attracted Corgis of all shapes and sizes, many of whom were dressed from Ghostbusters to superheroes to […]

Hall oversees a variety of programs, including special ed, PE, and the library.

Former teacher returns to Redwood as Assistant Principal after two decades

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“What’s interesting is that in 20 years, Redwood hasn’t changed too much. It’s definitely bigger. Back then it was about 1,300 students, and now we have 1,900—and I thought the hallways were crowded then!” said Sue Hall, a former special education teacher at Redwood and the newest addition to the administration team. The unique part […]


Movie adaptation of satirical novel does not come full circle

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“We are not meant to know everything, Mae. Did you ever think that perhaps our minds are delicately calibrated between the known and the unknown? That our souls need the mysteries of night and the clarity of day?” said Mercer, the seemingly paranoid ex-boyfriend of protagonist Mae Holland in Dave Eggers’ satirical novel, “The Circle.” […]

Bringing up Barry: ‘Barry’ reveals Obama’s presidential past

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Before making history as the first African American president of the United States, Barack Obama was just Barry. A native Hawaiian, chain-smoking, biracial Columbia undergrad, Barry had not yet embraced his political potential. “Barry,” a Netflix Original, examines Obama’s life as a Columbia student in 1981. The movie opens with Barry (Devon Terrell) smoking on […]