Beloved Richmond High teacher Zach Shrieve succumbs to cancer

Online fundraiser launched for longtime Richmond High teacher battling cancer

The Richmond High community is mourning the loss of one of its beloved veteran teachers, Zach Shrieve, who recently passed away following a terminal cancer diagnoses in August.

News of Shrieve’s passing was shared on the Richmond High Oilers Alumni Facebook page on Thursday.

Shrieve has repeatedly been called by colleagues and current and former students as one of the school’s best, most attentive teachers. The community was devastated to learn in our October report about a account that was set up to raise money for the teacher’s cancer battle. The account’s initial goal of raising $50,000 for medical treatments was quickly and easily surpassed.

Shrieve, who had taught at Richmond High for more than two decades, was described as genuine, kind, funny, giving, caring, involved and dedicated. As someone who put others before himself.

“One of the best teachers from my time at Richmond High and now to my son’s years,” one former student wrote in response to the news of Shrieve’s passing. “He left us some wonderful memories.”

Shrieve taught physical education and coached volleyball at Contra Costa College, among other activities. Students knew him as someone who went way beyond his normal duties to help.

“He even wrote to me when I was all banged up from my car accident,” a student said. “He was always a cool guy to me.”

Fellow teachers also share much love for Shrieve.

“You always made me feel confident as a new teacher, and offered an amazing big brother kind of support that was essential in my early years of teaching,” colleague Megan Burnham said.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.


  1. Having known Zach since middle school I feel privileged. All this and more is true–an absolutely genuine, caring, and humble person. My condolences to his wonderful family.

  2. Zach’s teachers and all the community at the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley join the Richmond Unified School District in honoring Zachary’s service to his students and their families. He truly exemplified the Mission of the Madeleine, and his beautiful spirit will continue to inspire us all.

  3. RIP so sad. Cancer is not fun and is an ugly sickness I have lost family members recently and it’s not fun. My heart and prayers go out to the family. Forever cool and that never changes. His legacy will continue to live on.