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Dublin High School’s Ron Rubio Brings History to Life

February 18, 2011

Ron Rubio with daughter Veronica

In a recent Dublin Patch article, Fallon history teacher Roberto Clemente, who had Ron Rubio as a teacher, said “I knew that someday I wanted to be ‘Mr. Rubio.’ ” One of the reasons Dublin High School history teacher Ron Rubio inspires such statements is his ability to bring history to life. Last month Mr. Rubio’s World History students met a Holocaust survivor. A couple of weeks ago US History students heard the first-hand experiences of an Oklahoma native who made the trek west from the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s and lived in migrant farm camps before ultimately becoming a professional educator and High School Assistant Principal. The use of oral histories is a tradition in Ron’s classroom and one of many techniques he uses to connect students to history.

Ron teaches AP US History, AP US Government and Politics, Civil War in America and Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America. Next year’s course line-up will be expanded to include America in the 60’s (one of eight new courses being offered for the 2011-12 school year). Ron earned his undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s College of California (Class of ’78), his masters degree at San Francisco State University (Class of ’86), and has been a teacher at Dublin High School for over 10 years.

In this video interview Ron talks about the importance of history for all students, the added challenge of Advanced Placement (AP) options and the role of parents in history education.

Ron Rubio’s children attend Dublin schools and his wife Caroline is a Dublin High School Counselor.

Living History Presentation

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