San Mateo High School

  • San Mateo High School serves 1,670 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 42% (which is higher than the California state average of 38%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 64% (which is higher than the California state average of 48%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the California state level of 23:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 80% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 76%.

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School Overview

  • San Mateo High School's student population of 1,670 students has grown by 13% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 79 teachers has grown by 16% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,670 students
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Total Classroom Teachers79 teachers
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School Comparison

  • San Mateo High School's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has decreased from 22:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of San Mateo High School is 0.70, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Overall School Rank#1302 out of 9,595 schools
(Top 20%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
42%
38%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
64%
48%
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Student : Teacher Ratio21:123:1
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Asian
27%
11%
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Hispanic
44%
54%
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Black
1%
6%
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White
20%
24%
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Hawaiian
2%
n/a
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Two or more races
6%
4%
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Diversity Score0.700.64
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Graduation Rate
84%
83%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
23%
49%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
4%
9%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameSan Mateo Union High School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • 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.
  • History: 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.
  • Legend has it that the bearcat mascot was the result of a disagreement about whether architectural adornments at the front entrance of the original building were bears or cats. During a 50-year celebration in 1977, the architect was asked to offer a definitive answer. His response: "They're owls."
  • The school's traditional arch-rival is Burlingame High School.
  • Campus: San Mateo High School opened 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. The new building was modeled after Hampton Court Palace in England. 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 $250,000 to the school ($100,000 of which went to the performing arts department).
  • Clubs and organizations 2006-2007:
  • A: Awareness of Cancer for Teens (ACTS), AniManga, Asian, Art Club.
  • B: Band, Biotech, Black Student Union (BSU), BBQ.
  • C: Chess, Chinese Chess, Chinese, Christian.
  • D: DDR Freaks, Dance Team,Drama, Dumbledore's Army.
  • E: Eat, Ecology, Education Knowledge and Learning.
  • F: Filipino, French, Friday Night Live.
  • G: Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Greek, Guitar Hero.
  • H: Hats for the Homeless.
  • I: Improv, Indian, Interact, Irish J: Jew Crew, Junior State of America (JSA).
  • M: Math Team, Majors, Meaningful Meals, Melee Studies Society, Mock Trial.
  • N: No Limit Steppers.
  • O: Origami.
  • P: Persian, Ping Pong, Polynesian.
  • Q: Quiz Kids.
  • R: Raza Unida, Robotics.
  • S: Star Bridge, Scrabble, Socially Active Youth.
  • T: Th(ink).
  • U: Ultimate Frisbee.
  • Fall Sports: Cross Country, Football, Golf, Spirit Squad, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo.
  • Winter Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling.
  • Spring Sports: Badminton, Baseball, Golf, Gymnastics, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field.
  • Notable alumni: Walter Afanasieff. Grammy winning music composer and producer.
  • Barry Bostwick. Actor and singer, notably in Spin City.
  • 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.
  • Arron Oberholser. Professional Golfer.
  • Alicia Silverstone. Actress in films such as Clueless.
  • Peter Thiel, 1985. Co-founder PayPal.
  • Debi Thomas. Bronze medalist in figure skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
  • Cal Tjader, 1943. Latin Jazz musician.

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