Richmond High School has made national headlines and regional news many times over the years, some time for positive stories, and sometimes not.
Highlights and lowlights:
2005: Release of "Coach Carter" starring Samuel L. Jackson. The movie was based on the true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter, who made headlines in 1999 for benching his MVP and undefeated team because of poor academic results. The movie presented Richmond High as a gritty school with overworked staff but also brimming with academic and athletic talent.
2009: Richmond High School gang rape occurred when a 15-year-old female student was raped repeatedly by a group of young males in a courtyard on the school campus while a homecoming dance was being held in the gymnasium. As many as 20 witnesses are believed to have been aware of the attack, but no one notified police initially. The tragedy drew national attention, and suggested parallels with the case of Kitty Genovese, who was raped and murdered in a New York City in the 1960s despite the presence of many bystanders who declined to get involved.
2000: Lamar Preston, a 16-year-old junior, was shot across the street from the school's main entrance on 23rd Street. He ran into the school, collapsed in front of the office and was pronounced dead at Doctors Medical Center San Pablo an hour later. Lamar's alleged assailant got out of a car and shot him point-blank.