Burlingame High School (California)

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Burlingame High School
Burlingame High School logo.png
1 Mangini Way
Burlingame, California
United States
Coordinates 37°34′57″N 122°20′48″W / 37.5826°N 122.3466°W / 37.5826; -122.3466Coordinates: 37°34′57″N 122°20′48″W / 37.5826°N 122.3466°W / 37.5826; -122.3466
Type Public Secondary
Established 1923
School district SMUHSD
Principal Di Yim
Faculty 67[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,316 (2014–2015) [2]
Color(s) Scarlet & White
Athletics conference Peninsula Athletic League
Mascot Panther
Rival San Mateo Bearcats

Burlingame High School is a public high school in Burlingame, California. It is part of the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD).


In order to meet the growing student population, the school was opened in December 1923 under the name "San Mateo High School, Burlingame Branch." Designed by architect W. H. Weeks, the school took in students from Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae, and San Bruno.[3] Initial enrollment consisted of 350 students and 30 teachers. As a branch of San Mateo High School, extracurricular organizations were shared between the schools. There was a single band, football team, and other athletic teams with student members from both schools.[3] Within 10 years the enrollment of the school increased to 494 boys and 474 girls, totalling 968 pupils, a figure close to the school's original design capacity. In 1927 the school name was officially changed to Burlingame High School.

Burlingame High School in Burlingame, California

In the summer of 1980, the SMUHSD board decided it must close one of the district's seven schools, due to declining enrollment. Following public hearings, the board narrowed the choice to either Crestmoor High School or Burlingame High School. After study and discussion, the board decided to close Crestmoor in the fall of 1980 and keep Burlingame open.[4]

The school's rivalry with San Mateo High culminates annually in a football matchup dubbed "The Little Big Game" patterned after the Big Game. San Mateo High School has been a rival of Burlingame since the division of the Burlingame branch. In 2009, Burlingame lost the Paw to San Mateo High School, ending a 5-year winning streak tracing back to 2004. Burlingame came back in 2010 to win back "The Paw", as well as in 2011. Burlingame leads the series record 48–32, with 4 ties.[citation needed]


Burlingame High School has been recognized nationally for its academic excellence. For 2013, it was ranked 280th in Newsweek's Top 2,000 Public High Schools, [5] 471st nationally by US News and World Report,[6] and 490th by The Washington Post's ranking of "America's Most Challenging High Schools."[7]

Burlingame High School has a wide array of Advanced Placement course offerings.

Science Mathematics and Computer Science Language Social Science Visual Arts
AP Biology AP Calculus AB AP English Language and Composition AP European History AP Music Theory
AP Chemistry AP Calculus BC1 AP English Literature and Composition AP Macroeconomics AP Studio Art Drawing
AP Environmental Science AP Computer Science A1 AP Italian Language and Culture AP Microeconomics
AP Physics B AP Statistics AP Spanish Language AP United States Government and Politics
AP United States History
  • ^Note 1 : Will begin in the 2013–2014 school year.


Burlingame High seeks to prepare its students through academic rigor and through the development of social citizenship. To this end the school has codified a number of core values which encourage a diverse learning environment which is achievement oriented, encouraging, supportive, and ultimately enjoyable. The school seeks to foster an ethical, standards based program that fully engages the community, parents, faculty, and students.




  • 1,316 students: 674 Male (51.2%), 642 Female (48.8%)
White Hispanic Asian Two or More Races Filipino Pacific Islander African American American Indian Not Reported
701 258 187 104 43 13 9 1 0
53.3% 19.6% 14.2% 7.9% 3.3% 1% 0.7% 0.1% 0%

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT Scores for 2013–2014 [8]
Critical Reading Average Math Average Writing Average
Burlingame High 560 579 561
District 546 576 548
Statewide 492 506 489
2013 Academic Performance Index
2009 Base API [9] 2013 Growth API [10] Growth in the API from 2009 to 2013
836 870 34

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Marching Band[edit]

Burlingame High's Marching Band plays rock, pop, and funk songs at all home basketball and football games. The band presents its field show twice a year often with the unique "dance break" in the middle of the show.


Burlingame High School also has a very strong drama program. Prior to the 2013-2014 school year, the school would put on two performances a year; a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, the school switched performance schedules and began to perform musicals in the spring and plays in the fall.[citation needed]



Notable alumni[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

Scenes from the film Dangerous Minds were filmed on the campus of Burlingame High School in the spring of 1994.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "School Profile 2011–12: Burlingame High School". California Department of Education. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2014–15: Burlingame High School". California Department of Education. 
  3. ^ a b "Exhibits". Burlingame Historical Society. Retrieved January 12, 2007. 
  4. ^ San Bruno Herald, San Mateo Times
  5. ^ "America's Best High Schools 2013". Newsweek. 
  6. ^ "Best High Schools-2013". US News and World Report. 
  7. ^ "America's Most Challenging High Schools-National Rankings 2013". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ "SAT Report - District Level Scores". California Department of Education. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ "2009 Base API School Report – Burlingame High". California Department of Education Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division. 
  10. ^ "2013 Growth API School Report – Burlingame High". California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement, & Accountability Reporting Division. 
  11. ^ "On The Record: Marc Benioff". San Francisco Chronicle. October 8, 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  12. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/Michelle-Pfeiffer-Acts-With-Class-Dangerous-2994252.php

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