University City High School (San Diego)

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Coordinates: 32°51′38.80″N 117°12′13.22″W / 32.8607778°N 117.2036722°W / 32.8607778; -117.2036722

University City High School
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Carpe Diem
Seize the Day
6949 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, California, 92122
School type Public
Founded 1981
School board San Diego Unified School District
Principal Jeff Olivero
Vice principal Jo McGlin, Michael Paredes[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,829[2] (approximate as of 2013)
Color(s) Columbia Blue, Navy Blue, White
Mascot The Centurions

University City High School (UCHS) comprehensive is a four-year public high school located in the University City section of San Diego, California. It is part of the San Diego Unified School District.[3] The school opened in September 1981. The school was ranked 222nd in 2008 and 297th in 2009 on Newsweek's List of Best U.S. Public High Schools.[citation needed] In 2013, The Washington Post ranked the school as the 602nd most challenging high school in America.[2]

Academic Assessment[edit]

UCHS offers a wide range of instructional programs. The Advanced Placement Program, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program, the seminar program, and the special education program address the needs of identified students. UCHS students have the opportunity to take visual and performing arts courses and practical arts courses.[4]

The school offers 15 AP classes:[2] Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics (B or C dependent on average math background of class), Statistics, US Government, US History, World History, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Art History, Studio Art, Psychology, French Language, and Spanish Language. The school also participates in the Accelerated College Program with San Diego Mesa College to offer Calculus, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, and Political Science. These classes are taught by Mesa College professors on the University City High School campus.[citation needed]


UCHS is known for various elective classes. Some of these include

  • Art
  • Biomedical Science
  • Spanish and French
  • AP Art History
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Fabrication and Design
  • Computer Animation
  • Computer Applications in Business


  • UCHS Boys Varsity Soccer- CIF Champions: 2004,2005, 2011, 2013.
  • UCHS Boys Varsity Soccer- 2011: State semi-finalists.
  • UCHS Boys Varsity Basketball- 2011: Centurions 1st Division III CIF .
  • UCHS Girls Varsity Softball-2011,2010,2009 CIF Champions.
  • UCHS Boys Varsity Track and Field-2011 CIF Champions

University City High School offers sports programs for student-athletes.[citation needed]

Fall sports[edit]

Winter sports[edit]

Spring sports[edit]

Music Department[edit]

Logos and school colors[edit]

The color palette of the school as well as their three primary logos, the UC Script, the Centurion, and the UC block logo are given below. The block logo is used as the "Varsity Letter" style for all varsity letter-earning athletes.[citation needed]


  • Academic League[6]
  • Agape
  • All-Male Dance Team
  • American Red Cross Club
  • Anime Club
  • Art Club
  • ArtsTECH
  • AVID Club
  • Baseball Club
  • Cheer
  • Child Development Club
  • Colorguard
  • Circle of Friends
  • Coastal Cleanup
  • Coastal Crew
  • CSF
  • Culinary Arts Club
  • Dance Team
  • Drama Club
  • Drill Team
  • Faith Club
  • Fashion Club
  • French Club
  • Fitness Club
  • Girls Golf Club
  • Garden Club
  • GSA
  • Hand Up Club
  • Hope for Uganda
  • Hurricane Club
  • Improv Club
  • Invisible Children/Roots & Shoots
  • Jazz Band
  • Journalism
  • Key Club
  • Kids Corps
  • Knit Knights of Round Table
  • Limelight Club
  • Math Club
  • Muslim Student Association
  • National Ocean Sciences Bowl
  • Pay It Forward Club
  • Photography Club
  • Plur Club
  • Polynesian Club
  • Rugby Interest and Recruitment
  • Science Olympiad
  • Sculpture Club
  • Small String Ensemble
  • Step Team
  • Surf Team
  • Tennis Team
  • Tahitian Club
  • Vietnamese Student Association
  • Video Games Appreciation
  • Wrestling Club

Notable alumni[edit]


In January 2007, a four month undercover investigation resulted in at least 15 arrests of students from University City and Patrick Henry High School. Authorities confiscated Marijuana, Ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms, and prescription medication. Several similar busts have also occurred at University City High School.[8]

In November, 2013, Matthew Burdette committed suicide after two weeks of bullying by fellow UCHS students.[9] On May 27, 2014, Burdette’s parents filed a $1-million claim against the San Diego Unified School District for failing to take action against those who were bullying their son.


  • Jeff Olivero, Principal, 2010–present
  • Mike Price Principal, 2007–2010
  • Ernie Smith Principal, 2000–2007
  • Anne Bolton Principal, 1992–1999


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