Sir Francis Drake High School

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Coordinates: 37°59′01″N 122°34′19″W / 37.98361°N 122.57194°W / 37.98361; -122.57194[1]

Sir Francis Drake High School
1327 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
San Anselmo, California, 94960
School type Public, comprehensive high school
Founded 1951
School district Tamalpais Union High School District
Oversight Western Association of Schools and Colleges,
Accrediting Commission for Schools
Superintendent Laurie Kimbrell
School number CEEB Code: 052770
Principal Liz Seabury
Assistant Principals David Rice, Chad Stuart
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1076 (2005-06)
 • Grade 9 275
 • Grade 10 296
 • Grade 11 248
 • Grade 12 257
Language English
Campus Suburban
Area Upper Ross Valley and San Geronimo Valley, Marin County
Color(s) Green and White and Black
Mascot Petey
Team name Pirates
Communities served Fairfax, Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, Nicasio, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, and Woodacre
Feeder schools Lagunitas School District
Nicasio School District
Ross Valley School District

Sir Francis Drake High School is a secondary school located in San Anselmo, California. It is named after the English privateer and naval hero Sir Francis Drake, who purportedly landed in the area in 1579. The school's mascot is a pirate named Petey.

The school was established in 1951 as the second high school in the Tamalpais Union High School District. It is located at 1327 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, situated on a 21 acre (85,000 m²) campus bordered by two creeks. The site was formerly known as Cordone Gardens. 2006-07 enrollment was 1,114 students.[2]

Approximately 83% of Drake’s 2004 graduates continued on to higher education, 62% to 4-year universities and 21% to 2-year colleges.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school newspaper, the Jolly Roger is published almost every month. The 1986-87 edition was a winner of Columbia University’s Silver Crown Award for high school newspapers in 1988.[3] The Jolly Roger has been a regular recipient of the Medalist rating, given to the top 5% among high school newspapers in its class in United States.

The school's NICA NorCal League mountain bike team is notable for being one of the first in the nation and has won numerous regional and statewide competitions. The team are six time NorCal League champions and four time California State champions, only recently beaten by Redwood High School in 2013[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sir Francis Drake High School
  2. ^ Sir Francis Drake High School Profile 2006-07, accessed March 14, 2007
  3. ^ Columbia Scholastic Press Association, 1988 Scholastic Crown Recipients, accessed March 14, 2007
  4. ^ "Welcome to Drake MTB!". Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Michael Taylor, San Francisco Chronicle, May 17, 2008, "'60s activist Michael Rossman dies in Berkeley", accessed May 24, 2008.
  6. ^ "Thinking really small". Nanotechnology Now. 2006-04-17. Retrieved July 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Joel Blum - IBDB database". 
  8. ^ "Doug Johnson". Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ "2012 Nomination List". Retrieved July 28, 2012. 

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