Terra Nova High School (California)

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Terra Nova High School
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1450 Terra Nova Boulevard
Pacifica, California 94044

Type Public high school
Established 1961
School district Jefferson Union High School District.
Principal Dorene Basuino
Faculty 50
Number of students 1,249
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Black      and Gold     
Team name Tigers
Rival Half Moon Bay High School

Terra Nova High School is an American public high school in Pacifica in San Mateo County, California serving grades 9 through 12 as part of the Jefferson Union High School District.


Terra Nova High School was established in 1961 to serve the growing population in the Linda Mar district of southern Pacifica. Students attended from Vallemar, Rockaway Beach, Mori Point, Fairway, Sharp Park and Pacific Manor districts until Oceana High School was completed the following year.


The original buildings and campus were designed by Mark Falk & Corwin Booth (of Falk & Booth). The main building originally had only two stories when the school opened in 1961. Portables were added to the rear of the school campus to accommodate the increase in students and need for more classrooms. A major facilities remodel was completed in 1998, and construction of a 400+ seat theater and a new science building began in early 2010.


Entrance to the high school
White Hispanic Asian Filipino African American Pacific Islander American Indian Two or More Races
610 290 500 38 25 4 125


Terra Nova offers Advanced Placement courses in US History, European History, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, US Government, Language and Composition, Literature, Studio Art, Music Theory, and Calculus AB.

As of 2011, Terra Nova has an API score of 801, the 6th highest in San Mateo County.[citation needed]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Terra Nova has an award-winning marching band, which won 1st place in their division at the Foothill Band Review in 2007 and again in 2009. The marching band also received the Sweepstakes award at the 2008 and 2009 Fog Fests Terra Nova's student-run newspaper is the Terra Nova Times and has also won awards from the Peninsula Press Club. Terra Nova has had a team on the Bay Area's Quiz Kids show since the show's debut. Terra Nova offers a wide variety of sports, including football, baseball, cheerleading, badminton, cross country, tennis, track and field, water polo, swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and wrestling, and numerous teams go to CCS and PAL championships yearly. Baseball has sent several player's to the Majors, Greg Reynolds. Keith Hernadez (1st Base, Golden Glove many time, All Stars and hitting champ for several years) and Bob McClure (pitcher) also made it to the Majors in Baseball. Keith grew up in Linda Mar until the 10th grade. He attended Terra Nova as a freshman, graduating from nearby Capachino High School in San Bruno in 1971. Bob attended Terra Nova all 4 years, graduateing in 1970.

In addition to sports, the drama department performs both a spring and fall production.

As of 2012, Terra Nova has two robotics teams, 6001 the Lemon Drops and 6002 the Basilisks.

During the 2012-2013 robotics year, 6001 attended the Jefferson HS Qualifier, Elk Grove Qualifier, and Northern Nevada Championship tournaments. They received the PTC Design award at the Northern Nevada Championship, were on the finalist alliance at the Jefferson HS Qualifier along with team 43435 ART and were on the winning alliance of the Elk Grove Qualifier along with team 6002 the Basilisks. They placed 12th in Elk Grove, last at Nevada, and 11th at Jefferson. 6002 attended the Jefferson HS Qualifier, Elk Grove Qualifier, the Northern California Championship and the World Championships. They received the Design Award at Elk Grove, were winning alliance captains of both Elk Grove and the Northern California Championship, were on a semi-finalist alliance at the Jefferson HS Qualifier and were a semi-finalist captain at the World Championships. They placed 5th at Jefferson, 1st at Elk Grove, 2nd at NorCal and 3rd at Worlds where they were bumped to the second seed since the first seed picked the second seed for an alliance.

During the 2013-2014 robotics year, 6001 attended the Mission San Jose Qualifying Tournament. They were a semi-finalist captain (3rd seed) and won the Control Award. 6002 attended the Valley Christian HS Qualifier, Jefferson HS Qualifier, the Northern California Championship, the Western Super-Regional and the World Championships. They received the Think Award at Valley Christian, the Inspire Award at Jefferson, the Think Award and 2nd place Inspire award at NorCal and the Design Award at the Western Super-Regional. They placed 12th place at Valley Christian, 10th place at Jefferson, 30th place at NorCal, 23rd place at the Western Super-Regional and 29th place at the World Championships.


Rob Schneider

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Royals' coach McClure pride of County baseball, Oakland Tribune, August 22, 2007. "McClure and Hernandez played together at Terra Nova High before Hernandez transferred to Capuchino."

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Coordinates: 37°35′39″N 122°28′30″W / 37.594244°N 122.474974°W / 37.594244; -122.474974