Kids gather at Berkeley High for Spirit Week

If you have driven by Berkeley High this week, you may have seen students wandering around in some crazy costumes. And on Friday, be prepared to see a mass of red and gold.

It’s Spirit Week, the high school’s annual fall festival. Each year students dress up according to different themes. This year students were asked to dress as their favorite fictional character on Monday, as “Be What You Do,” on Tuesday, in a Halloween outfit on Wednesday, and as an 80s or 90s character on Thursday.

The week culminates in a large rally on Friday called Red and Gold Day. Students paint their faces, color their hair, wear lots of red and gold clothing — or next to nothing — and hold a huge rally to create school spirit before that night’s football game. (It’s Berkeley High vs El Cerrito at 7 pm this Friday)

Students at 2009 Red and Gold Day

The rally has been held in the gym or on the football field in the past but construction in that area won’t permit it. This year, the rally will be held indoors at the Berkeley Community Theater, which administrators think will also make it easier to monitor alcohol use.

Mark Coplan is officially the spokesman for the school district, but he has a side passion: photography. He has been taking pictures of the festivities all week and posting them online.

Click here and here for photos from various days.

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...