The Church founded an Episcopal School in 1966 known as St Paul's School, which was reorganised and reestablished in its present form in 1975. The year of 1989 was a tough period for St. Paul’s. In the summer of this year, the Rev. Donald W. Seaton was diagnosed with lung cancer. Months later, the entire Bay Area was rocked by the Loma Prieta earthquake which closed the Bay Bridge, flattened sections of freeway and devastated large portions of downtown Oakland.
The Church suffered only minor damage from the quake and its aftershocks but subsequently became subject to the City’s newly formed requirements for seismic strengthening. Faced with the choice of retrofitting the Church or closing their doors, the church began a nine-year process of structurally improving the church. The retrofit was completed in 1998 at a cost of $1.8 million.