Clairemont High School

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Clairemont High School
Clairemont HS logo.png
Established 1960
Type Public
Principal Dr. Jennifer Roberson
Grades 9-12
Location 4150 Ute Drive,
San Diego, California, USA 92117
District San Diego City Schools
Colors Orange and Blue
Mascot Chieftain
Website CHS

Clairemont High School is a public high school (grades 9-12) located in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego, California. It is part of the San Diego Unified School District. The campus is situated close to the intersection of Balboa Ave and Clairemont Drive. There are approximately 1,350 students and 87 certified staff members.[1] It has accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

This school is ranked No. 848 on Newsweek's 2005 list of the Best High Schools in America (out of 27,468 high schools nationwide).[2]


The school is named for the Clairemont neighborhood where it is located.

When CHS opened its doors in 1958, it consisted of no senior class; a junior class (class of 1960) consisting mostly of transfers from Mission Bay High School in nearby Pacific Beach and Kearny High School; and a sophomore class (class of 1961) coming from its neighbor, Marston Junior High. There was no freshman class. Ritchie Valens, who had two hits on the charts, "La Bamba" and "Donna," at the time, played at Clairemont High School's opening. [3]

In 1960, the two closest rivals were Kearny High School and Mission Bay High. Their current rivals are crosstown locals Madison High.

Mary Catherine Swanson started the AVID program at Clairemont High in 1980 with 32 students.

Clairemont High includes a program for highly gifted students (scored in the 99.9%ile on a mental ability test) called the GATE Seminar program.


2014 Clairemont HS Varsity softball team, won the CIF Division III title by defeating Brawley 3-0.,ca)/softball/home.htm

Clairemont has a variety of sports teams. The most attended game is football. The last time the football team won CIF was in 1981. The team made the playoffs in 1962, 1991, 1994, 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2013. Clairemont has a long distance running tradition and has recently won CIF championships in girls Cross Country in 2009 and 2010.[citation needed]

Clairemont's mascot is the Chieftain, their school newspaper is "The Arrow" and their annual is "The Calumet" (which is a ceremonial pipe used for special occasions by early native American tribes).

In popular culture[edit]

The movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High (and the book published first) were inspired by author Cameron Crowe's undercover research at Clairemont High School during the 1978-79 school year.[4]

A track on the band Pierce The Veil's album Selfish Machines is titled "Fast Times At Clairemont High".

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Clairemont High web site
  2. ^ The 100 Best High Schools in America - Newsweek America's Best High Schools -
  3. ^ San Diego Reader
  4. ^ IMDB

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°48′33″N 117°12′11″W / 32.80917°N 117.20306°W / 32.80917; -117.20306