Phone: 510-535-2877


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's of Arts Degree from UC Berkeley; Master’s Degree in Teaching from Pace University; Master’s in Education Degree through the esteemed Principal Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley. In 2009, named one of Phi Delta Kappan's Emerging Leaders and also received the PDK Charles Foster Fellowship in Educational Leadership.

Mr. Cliff Hong

Principal Cliff Hong joined Roosevelt Middle School at the start of the 2010-11 school year. Before that, he worked as an Assistant Principal at Edna Brewer Middle School in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).  He is one of longest-serving middle school principals in Oakland.


Cliff taught middle and high school for six years in the South Bronx, Syracuse, and in Oakland. In 2015, he was selected to be one of a handful of Executive Principals in OUSD. He is an ardent advocate for public education, which he sees as being absolutely necessary for a democracy to thrive. Cliff is from Southern California, and currently lives in Oakland with his partner Lindsay and sons, Yuji and Tomu.