San Mateo High School

San Mateo High School


name = San Mateo High School
motto = "Peace, Passion, Pride"
established = 1902
type = Public Secondary
faculty = 71 [] (2005-2006)
principal = Yvonne Shiu
students = 1,502 [] (2005-2006)
city = 506 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo
state = California
country = United States 94401
campus = Urban
colors = Orange, Black
mascot = Bearcat
telephone = +1 (650) 558-2399
website = []

San Mateo High School is an American public high school in San Mateo, California serving grades 9-12 as part of the San Mateo Union High School District.


San Mateo High School has been recognized throughout its history for its academic achievement and the role it plays in the local community. In 1991, it was honored as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. In 2005, the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) organization bestowed a "Gold Standard Award for Academic Excellence" upon San Mateo High School. [ [ Gold Standard Award] ]

The school's traditional arch-rival is Burlingame High School.

The school earned a Guinness World Record in 2005 for collecting 372,000 pounds (168,736 kg) of food from the local community for its canned food drive. The collected food was provided to America's Second Harvest and Samaritan House. [ [ San Mateo County Times] ]

As of 2007, San Mateo High School has been nominated by Newsweek as one of the top 1,300 American public high schools, ranking currently at position 187, placing itself as the highest ranked public high school in the San Mateo Union High School District.

Marching Band

The San Mateo Marching band has been receiving awards for its spirited, professional marching band under the direction of Mr.Attilio Tribuzi and has recently been nominated for being the top high school band in the Bay Area. During the 2007-2008 year, the Marching Band placed 1st at 4 of 5 competitions, led by Drum Major Adam Resnick. The Band is currently led by Drum Major Chris Zou.

Theater Program

San Mateo's theater program puts on three shows every year- two musicals and one play. These shows are performed in the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, or PAC. Recently, these shows have included:

West Side Story,Philadelphia Story,Little Shop of Horrors,Batboy,Thoroughly Modern Millie,To Kill a Mockingbird

This coming year, the program is as follows:

Rent (High School Edition),Peter Pan,A Murder is Announced


San Mateo High School opened to its first 27 students in 1902 at a cottage on Ellsworth Street in San Mateo. The school moved twice in 1903 and to Baldwin Avenue in 1911 before moving to its present location in 1927. The original brick-dominated complex was sometimes referred to as "the high school that looks like a university."

In 2001, the school undertook to demolish and entirely replace the original building in an effort to meet modern earthquake safety requirements. [ [ San Mateo High School] ] Dedicated in August 2005, the new building strongly echoes the design and materials of the original in part due to strong public outcry about the decision to demolish the structure. On February 10, 2006 the campus Quad was dedicated to alumnus Merv Griffin, who donated US$250,000 to the school (US$125,000 of which was intended for the performing arts department). [ [ CBS News] ]



* 1,502 students :
* 79 certified staff :

Notable alumni

*Walter Afanasieff. Grammy winning music composer and producer. [ [ Walter Afanasieff] ] [imdb name|0012645|Walter Afanasieff]
*Barry Bostwick, 1964. Actor and singer, notably in "Spin City".
*Ted Dabney, 1955. Co-founder Atari.
*Fred Dutton, 1941. Democratic Party political advisor, originator of the idea for Earth Day.
*Phil Goldman, 1982. WebTV founder.

*Merv Griffin, 1942. Entertainment producer and former talk show host.
*Dennis Haysbert, 1972. Actor of film and television best known for "24".
*Kris Kristofferson. Country and Western singer, actor.
*Lee Mendelson. Five-time Emmy winning producer of "Peanuts". [imdb name|0578882|Lee Mendelson]
*Arron Oberholser. Professional Golfer. Friend of Mark Willard
*Peter Thiel, 1985. Co-founder PayPal.
*Debi Thomas. Bronze medalist in figure skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
*Cal Tjader, 1943. Latin Jazz musician.
*Mark Willard 1993. co-host of sports radio talk show with Tony Bruno
*Alicia Silverstone Actor, notably in Clueless
*Eric Dane, 1991. Actor, notably in Grey's Anatomy
*Emilio Hemken, 2008. Mexican National Rubic's Cube's 3x3 record holder. [ [ World Cube Association] ]

ee also

*San Mateo County high schools


External links

* [ San Mateo High School official website]
* [ San Mateo Union High School District official website]
* [ Great Schools profile]
* [ California Department of Education - DataQuest reports]
* [ NNDB profile]
* [ Faculty Directory]

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