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Stories from Sir Francis Drake High School
An in-depth look at the lives and experiences of female firefighters in Northern California
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Alice Simenstad | October 13, 2020

Roughly 4% of American career firefighters are women, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). While the fire service is male-dominated, many women across Northern California are working…

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San Rafael City Schools vote to remove their school resource officers
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Katie Hausammann | October 8, 2020

On Monday, Sept. 14, the Board of Trustees for San Rafael City Schools (SRCS) voted unanimously to break ties with their two San Rafael Police Department resource officers. Police Free Schools Marin, an…

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Homeless population could take greatest hit as wildfire seasons intensify
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Samantha Parr | October 7, 2020

It’s wildfire season in California, which means months of hazardous air quality, evacuation orders, and new headline-worthy fires flaring up every week. The general population is advised to stay indoors…

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The complicated reality behind fighting the Woodward Fire
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Melissa Auchard | October 2, 2020

The Woodward Fire began on Aug. 18 when a strike of lightning ignited flames just south of the Woodward Trail. It is widely known that the fire has already burned nearly 5,000 acres with about 95 percent…

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Confrontation between Tiburon police and shop owner sparks backlash against police
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Henry Pratt | September 16, 2020

On Friday, Aug.  21, at approximately 1:00 a.m, a racially-charged confrontation between Tiburon police and black store owner Yema Khalif occured, later causing backlash against the police from local…

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Students seek school identity and unity amid controversial name change
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Samantha Parr | September 4, 2020

Since just over a week ago, Sir Francis Drake High School has become a name of the past. It’s time to say goodbye to the pirates and hello to new beginnings. When school resumes in August it will take…

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Drake brothers band together
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Emily Cardwell | January 31, 2020

Among the many friendly faces at Drake High School, senior Ray Holmberg and freshman Paul Holmberg stand out. One thing in particular that makes these siblings original is their band. 

After playing…

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Students show support, make new “PALS”
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Samantha Parr | January 29, 2020

Every month, over one hundred students come together to create bonds that will last throughout high school. In The Partners At Lunch (PALS) club, students with and without disabilities address misconceptions…

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San Anselmo’s lack of diversity not an accident
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Kaden Brastow | January 22, 2020

Any student at Drake is well aware of the demographics. Walking through the corridors, the homogeneity of the student body is distinct.

“We have a very homogenous culture because of our lack of diversity,”…

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