A native of Oakland, California, Lorne graduated from St. Elizabeth High School. He then attended California State University, Chico, where he assumed a leadership role. He served as president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, whose mission is to develop leaders and to promote strong bonds of brotherhood, living with integrity, serving humanity and quality education. He also served as president of the Ethnic Greek Council, an organization that unifies and provides financial assistance to ethnic fraternities’ and sororities’ programs and events through co-sponsorship.
Lorne also volunteered on campus in several capacities: mentoring adolescent boys, tutoring math, and working as a paraprofessional advisor for the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP). In 1993, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations.
After graduation, Lorne’s first job was in the public relations field, but he soon realized his true calling was to work with children and youth. In 1994, he accepted a position with the Oakland Unified School District, where he taught math and science to sixth-graders until 2009. During his 15-year teaching career with OUSD, he also sat on leadership and school site councils, and worked on a new small-school advisory committee.
In 2009, Lorne completed a master of science in educational leadership, as well as an administrative credential. He currently serves as the teacher in charge of the Young Black Men Academy (YBMA) at Hayward High School, which prepares its students for life after high school, whether that may be attending a university or entering the work force.