Oakland Teenager Akintunde Ahmad Has 5.0 GPA, 2100 SAT Score and On His Way To Ivy League

Meet Akintunde Ahmad. He says he’s a regular “Oakland street dude” but he has a 5.0 GPA, a 2100 SAT score and is on his way to either Brown or Yale University.


He’s the first to tell you that his appearance throws people off, which is why he keeps his grades saved in his smartphone to show non-believers. Not only is he gifted in the classroom, but he also plays three instruments and has baseball scholarships on the table as well.

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Like so many of his peers in the Oakland Public school system, he has tales of growing up and seeing his share of violence and losing friends in the process. But, fortunately for him, he has a ticket out of that situation and into the Ivy League school of his choice.

112 thoughts on “Oakland Teenager Akintunde Ahmad Has 5.0 GPA, 2100 SAT Score and On His Way To Ivy League”

  1. This is a great news. As an African American male I’m proud of you. YOU Did A Great Job! All we need a role model, some one to look up to…..

      1. Oh boy. Here we go with the convicted felon shit. Can’t you just try and keep this a positive story? Would have to live in you’re angry world.

  2. talk about an inflated gpa. Darn AP classes and their extra points. Still this is super cool. Good to see these scores do not belong to a Patel, Singh, Yang or Duong.

    1. I didn’t know that Duongs were known as overachievers. But as a Duong, I’m flattered to have made your list of super surnames.

      Way to go Akintunde! He sounds like a great guy with a lot of talent who must’ve worked unbelievably hard to get to where he is now. And I can’t wait to see where he ends up in the future! Woohoo!

      1. I’m a Miller, so I guess I didn’t make the cut – but congrats to you for being a Duong!

  3. Wait… I thought no matter how hard you work, that young black men are always going to be a product of their environment, and that “the man” will always hold you back. Hmmmm?

    1. Please don’t use ONE example to disregard generations of slavery, segregation, and systematic racism. Please do not think because he is going to an ivy League school that HE has not experience stereotyping and flat out racism and will not continue to experience it as his life continues.

      Be better.

      1. Ive experienced flat out racism and stereotypes and im white.. everyone does these days, bridge, not just African Americans.

  4. Way to represent, Bulldog! U’ve stepped up in a way a lot of your homies didn’t. Even though I graduated before U were born, graduating from Tech with my own 4.0 gave me a pride that I have still. Wishing U the best of all that life offers! U deserve it!!

  5. while this is awesome to hear, this is exactly the kind of news story that the powerful in society want us to hear. the social elite want people to think that if you just “apply yourself” you can move up the ranks in society and change your socioeconomic status, meaning that the huge percentage of african americans who HAVEN’T gotten into every ivy league school just aren’t trying hard enough. this is the message they want us to hear, this is why this news story is being passed around like a hot potato – it’s GOOD for white america. the story you will NEVER see on the news is the one about how there is a system of structural disadvantage in place that keeps minorities down, that mechanisms built into the system are what keeps more african americans from doing what Akintunde is doing.

    1. Avery, you dont feel that a story like this can be motivation to any kid, any where to “apply themselves” and get into a school of their choice? or become the first in their family to go to college? or now have the idea of going to college in the first place? or to simply, develop a want to perform better in school? how does this kind of news oppress?

    2. Avery, what you are saying is not true. Being a “minority” myself, i truly believe that the only ones to keep anyone down is someone not putting in the effort to make it. In other words, you can keep your own self down by blaming everybody else. Nobody said it would be easy, so that should be one’s motivation to go even harder if need be. I get so sick of hearing “the MAN trying to keep us down” cry because anyone can make it if they want to. People come to this country, overcome languge barriers and make it. Homeless people get on their feet and graduate from college, but it’s always US that find an excuse. Find a positive message and motivate these young people so they KNOW that they too can succeed and not blame the MAN.

      1. This is a great story and I’m proud of this young man. I’m a African American male teacher. I do believe there is a system in the America that not only keeps African American males from achieving the likes of the counterparts but portrays them in a negative light. (Gay, thugs, intimidating, only athletes, or entertainers). Rather than doctors, lawyers, or entrepreneurs!

    3. Kind of like white brain surgeons making a fraction of what NBA players make. See? It all makes sense now and the world is a very cool place even if extreme importance is placed on making a ball go thru a hoop.

      1. What….why do u see color….no one is white or black…..just human….everyone is some type of brown anyways…..stop seeing colors and start seeing success of the human kind….white surgeons lol and nba….wow I didn’t know the majority would get so upset that a darker AMERICAN is doing well

  6. This is such an inspirational story about an inspirational young man! Hopefully one day, children of all colors and class will have equal opportunities without being judge by their appearance. We shouldn’t be surprised by this as there are bright and brilliant people of all walks of life. It seems as if he had a wonderful upbringing with supportive parents and mentors. If every child had that regardless of their family’s income, stories like these will no longer be an exception.

  7. Nice 1 Akintunde, keep inspiring millions of African students all around the world. The sky is not our limit but our starting point

  8. Why are people making this an issue of race? Bottom line, he made the right choices, worked hard, and he’s going to college. Whatever his circumstances, that is something to be admired and applauded!! Congratulations, young man!

    1. I agree with you 100% April. It was never about race. It was about a kid that made the right choices. He just happened to be African American.

  9. The say a child is a product of their environment. If so, this is a perfect example of perception. Through the eyes amd mind of a intelligent young man shows that anything is possible…if you put your mind to it!

  10. Stuff like this makes me proud to wake up in the morning, gives me the juice to keep pressing no matter what. I don’t know Mr. Ahmad, but God knows I’m proud of him. Keep up the great work man, your whole race is proud. #Represent

  11. Sick of the racial stuff, its pointless.
    He’s a person to look up to no matter what color he is.
    I wish I had applied myself at his age.
    Good job!

  12. Most people are incapable of scoring 2100 on the SAT, regardless of how hard they work. I would argue that this guy is both a hard worker AND has had been genetically blessed with some serious brains! Good on him for putting them to good use. I know plenty of highly intelligent people who did nothing with their intellectual gifts, and I know other people of average intelligence went on for a Ph.D. and Professorship (e.g. myself)!

  13. Fantastic story!!, As the saying goes, one cannot judge a book by its cover. Stay focused and wishing you much positive.

  14. Keep up the awesome job your doing. Congrats on your SAT and whatever school you pick to go to. Once again Congrats and awesome job.

  15. Can we get more of the story? What schools did he attend? Who motivated and nurtured him? I agree with a previous comment. If he were up for murder it would be a 3 page article. Why can’t we be presented with a fully developed article about how wonderful he is? Maybe his story would inspire others. Media BS.

  16. Congratulations young man on your achievements. You have been blessed with superior brain power and I commend you for using it. Keep up the good work and hope to read more about your accomplishments in the future. We need bright young people to carry on and do good things for our world. God Bless You!

  17. Reality is not many PEOPLE don’t get excepted into every IVY LEAGUE School in the country. Hell most people don’t get excepted into every normal college/university they apply to. So why not celebrate this young man’s accomplishments. The article does not need to be 3 pages long. He’s done the work and now he can reap the rewards to his hard work. As a mother of 7, I make my children set academic goals. They are required to maintain a certain grade level in order to participate in any extracurricular activities. They are never allowed to do anything halfway. I don’t allow my children to use their race as an excuse. I didn’t. I worked hard like I was suppose to! NOTHING IN LIFE WORTH HAVING COMES EASY OR FREE. My oldest child is in college, the 2nd oldest is graduating in June and will be attending college in the fall. People make conscious decision to do nothing with their lives. Akintunde made a conscious decision to not be useless. It has nothing to do with his race. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 100th power AKINTUNDE. YOU HAVE INSPIRED MY BOYS A LITTLE BIT MORE TO BE GREAT!! Thank you

  18. All that brain power, but he’s hanging out with people that like fighting and trouble. He is very lucky that it was not him on the streets getting shot at. It is a shame when people waste talent I hope he stays on this beaten path and keeps learning.

  19. Alot of people don’t know the truth and always want to make issues about race..but do your own research: there is more African American men in colleges/universities than in prison! That says alot! Keep up the awesome work…

    1. I’d check your stats…. In an NPR report, Ivory Toldson, a professor at Howard University, noted that pulling up the 2001 stats from which that was taken, at least 1,000 colleges did not report on the ethnicities of their students. Also, of those 1,000 colleges, many of them were historically black.

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