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Meet our Principal

Jeffrey Taylor

Greetings McClymonds Community and Prospective Students and Families,

My name is Jeffrey Taylor, and it is my honor to be your principal. This is my fifth year serving as site leader at McClymonds High, and it has been both a challenge and a pleasure to be in this role. Although I did not graduate from McClymonds High School, my own educational journey began as a student at the former Clawson Elementary School in West Oakland and my professional career began at the former Lowell Middle School (now West Oakland Middle School).

McClymonds is a wonderful, vibrant, exciting school community with countless resources available for students. I am proud to say I lead a team of amazing teachers and staff who are unrivaled in all that they do for our young people. They give outstanding instruction in the classroom, support students in applying to and preparing for college, help with extracurricular activities including sports and clubs, and they are there every day to help students with their social emotional learning and to help them get through the challenges they face in life. McClymonds is the School of Champions and that means we succeed academically, athletically, and in the community.

McClymonds has seen remarkable academic successes the past few years:

  • In the past two years, there has been 10% growth in A-G completion.

  • Since 2014, Mack has offered 55 dual enrollment courses, with more than 94% of students receiving a C or better in those courses.

  • From the graduating class of 2023, the highest GPA was 4.45.

  • 2023’s top 10 most academically successful graduates are now attending U.C. Berkeley (3), U.C. Davis (3), UCLA, U.C. Merced, Stanford University, and Clark Atlanta University.

Much of that success comes in our Engineering and Entrepreneurship pathways, where our students flourish. We recently opened an eSports space where our students can relax, have fun, and take their love of video games and apply it to creating their own video games, and an art/makerspace where students can study, create works of art, focus on fashion design, and discover new career options.

I am grateful to be your students’ principal and am excited about fostering an engaging learning environment where every student can thrive. With your support and collaboration, we can provide the best possible educational opportunities for your scholars. Education is, of course, a partnership between students, teachers, and parents. Together, we are creating a supportive and nurturing school community where all students can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

With your support, we are spreading a love of learning, and empowering every scholar to reach their full potential here at McClymonds High School.

In community,

Jeffrey Taylor