Back to school! Foothill High, all other Pleasanton schools ready and waiting for students

Aerial view of Foothill High shows school set for Class of 2011

This aerial photo of Foothill High School by photographer Mike Sedlak shows the bright red roof of Foothill High and surrounding neighborhoods that are ready and waiting for just under 2,300 students to arrive for the first day of classes this morning.

Foothill, whose colors are blue and gold, mistakenly got the red roof when suppliers shipped the wrong color tile in 1973, when the school already was behind in construction. School district officials decided to use it to get the school open.

Sedlak, a former member of the Pleasanton Parks & Recreation Commission, shoots aerial photos commercially and as a hobby. He is president of Digital Sight Aerial Photography Imaging based in Pleasanton. He flies out of Livermore and Hayward airports.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Yo Jeb, In 1973 Foothill sported a redwood stained wood facade, the red roof debacle didn't happen until a major renovation back in '95 - '96. And it's not tile, it's steel siding over the old wooden facade.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 25, 2010 at 9:53 am

Thanks Mike. Jeb was not concerned about those facts only about giving some free advertising to his buddy with the photography business. Business ethics are not emphasized at the PW.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Yes it is red steal not tile. When the red roof went on in '96 the community was very vocal with disapproval. While homes along the ridge must conform to rigid guidelines to blend into the beauty of the landscape. The school district put on a red roof that can be seen from the far side of town.
It looks like a big Taco Bell.

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