Oakwood Information Page

Oakgrove is a student-led human relations program for high schools. The off-campus weekend retreat in the mountains provides students a forum to discuss their feelings and opinions openly and in a safe place, without fear of judgment.

 

OAKWOOD History





Dale Stuck, a teacher at Venice High School, started Oakgrove in 1972 to address race relations on campus and lingering tensions following the Watts Riots. When Dale retired, he passed Oakgrove on to David “Gardner” Graber. From David Graber, it was passed to Mark Cohen, then Naomi Sugimoto, and Sam Siegel. In 2007, the Los Angeles Unified School District changed it’s policy regarding liability coverage for off-campus overnight activities. This, unfortunately, led to the risk management office denying coverage for Oakgrove retreats.

Sam (who served as a legislative deputy to then-Councilmember Eric Garcetti) turned to two colleagues who served on the board of The Wildwoods Foundation. Wildwoods’ mission, ideals and philosophies were a natural alignment with the Oakgrove program. Wildwoods welcomed Oakgrove as one of their programs in 2008. In the years since, Wildwoods has established Oakgrove in two other schools, Marshall High School in Los Feliz and the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex in downtown LA.

Over the years, Oakgrove has been steered by the hands of many, many dedicated volunteer alumni: Byron Najera, Sara Sweeney, Kim Grooms, Kaitlin Amorde, Joseph Feinberg, Mari Ogino, Ariana Dunbar, Kate Bleyer, Nicole Romanak and Jenni Fiederer.
Through all the changes and growth, Oakgrove has remained strong and stayed true to Dale Stuck’s original fundamentals due to the loyal camper and alumni involvement, and his wonderful creation has transcended his life.



Oakgrove is a student-led human relations program for high schools. The off-campus weekend retreat in the mountains provides students a forum to discuss their feelings and opinions openly and in a safe place, without fear of judgment. Oakgrove builds community on the high school campus and helps students develop leadership skills. Your SUPPORT HELPS





 

 

 

 

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We’re loyal to you Venice High School, to thee we will always be true…