Oakland Teen Who Became His School’s First Black Male Valedictorian Earns 4.05 GPA His First Year At Stanford


July 1, 2022

He raises the bar every time! 

The Oakland teen who made history as his school’s first Black male valedictorian has completed his first year at Stanford University with a 4.05 GPA, KTVU Fox 2 reports.

Ahmed Muhammad continues to bring excellence to everything he does. From launching a nonprofit to teach kids science, to graduating as Oakland Technical High School’s first Black male valedictorian, to now completing his first year at Stanford with an impressive 4.05 grade point average. 


The 19-year-old attributes much of his successful first year of college to the lessons that he learned from his teachers in high school. It was there that Muhammad developed both the discipline and study habits that would continue to help him at a collegiate level.

“My classes at Stanford in terms of how I approached them weren’t too much different from what my teachers required of me in high school,” Muhammad told KTVU. “I didn’t understand why they were expecting so much in high school, why they were tough on me, but now, come to college, I’m directly applying what they taught me.” 

Muhammad launched his science education nonprofit organization Kits Cubed while he was still attending Oakland Technical High School. He’s looking forward to taking the summer to focus on his company’s growth and advance the mission of providing children with hands-on science experiences through affordable and accessible kits. 


The college student is accepting volunteers and is offering paid positions and internships in various departments such as graphic design, marketing, and community outreach – encouraging people ages 16-24 to apply.

“Kits Cubed is much larger than myself,” Muhammad said. “Even as I’m growing in college, I want Kits Cubed to grow.”

Speaking of growth, as National Geographic’s Young Explorer, the college student is developing a pilot program to expand the reach of Kits Cubed into public schools in his community and beyond. Last year, Muhammad had hundreds of kids come out for his end-of-summer science fair and he wants to ensure it becomes an annual event in Oakland.


Going into his second year of college, Muhammad has decided to either major in computer science or electrical engineering with a minor in mechanical engineering design. Whichever major he decides, we know that he’ll continue down the path of greatness. 

Congratulations on a successful first year of college, Ahmed! We’re so proud of you.

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