Alumni Profile: Former Teacher, Administrator Morris Soublet ’62
After graduating from St. Joseph High School in 1962, you served the SJND community for many years; tell us about your tenure here.
I started teaching at SJND during the 1977-1978 school year. Most of my career I have been teaching math, primarily Algebra 1 and Geometry. In my earlier years I also taught Drafting and Computer Science as well, when we were still using the Apple IIe… I started serving as Dean of Students in 1997, and I retired in 2006.
What brought you back to your alma mater to teach?
My primary reason for coming back was that I wanted to teach high school math. My first two years of teaching I taught as an 8th grade self-contained classroom teacher, and I realized that wasn’t my calling. I needed to be somewhere where I could teach my degree subject… I went over to St. Joe’s and applied and was interviewed by Tony [Aiello] and Phil Gravem and managed to get the job.
Morris poses in front of an Apple computer in a photo printed by the Alameda Journal in 1988.
What are some of your favorite memories from your time as a faculty member at SJND?
The thing that I was happy to see at St. Joe’s was the change in diversity during my tenure there and beyond. I was happy to see the school become so diverse in the population.
I also have fond memories of the relationships I formed with students through the years… I was happy to be a part of the track and field program; I was the only coach at the time… And I was happy I was here when my nephews and niece, Robert Snowden ’90, Vincent Killingsworth ’97, Gerald '00 and Staci ’02 Dotson, and Richard Soublet II ’00, were students there.
Another favorite memory is being part of those wonderful years when Jason Kidd ’92 and the rest of the Men’s Varsity Basketball Team won back-to-back Division I championships.
What have you been up to since retiring?
Gail Rodrigues and the school have been kind enough to let me come over and sub. I still enjoy that contact [with SJND] every now and then.
Morris, pictured here with his wife Josephine and former teacher Betsy Norris at the 2018 Dream Flight Gala, stays connected with SJND by serving as a substitute teacher and attending SJND events.
I sing in the gospel choir at our church. I also sing at Christmastime with the City of Oakland Employees Chorus.
In 2015 my daughters treated me to a lovely trip to Italy; my youngest daughter was my tour guide… I never knew there were so many different varieties of pizza!
We hope you will join us in supporting the SJND Day of Giving on March 13, 2020 by making a donation in honor of our wonderful faculty and staff - current and former teachers, coaches, and administrators - including Mr. Morris Soublet.
Visit www.sjnd.org/dayofgiving on March 13 to give!