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 Paul Belzer
Faculty 67[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,339 (2015–2016) [2]
Color(s) Scarlet and white
Athletics conference Peninsula Athletic League
Mascot Panther
Rival San Mateo High School Bearcats

Burlingame High School is a public high school in Burlingame, California, United States. 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]

San Mateo and Burlingame have been rivals since the division of the Burlingame branch, and the rivalry culminates annually in a football matchup dubbed "The Little Big Game" and patterned after the Big Game. As of 2017, Burlingame leads the series record 55–32, with four ties. Burlingame currently holds "The Paw" as part of a eight-game win streak in the rivalry.[5]


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,[6] 471st nationally by US News and World Report,[7] and 490th by The Washington Post's ranking of "America's Most Challenging High Schools."[8]

The San Mateo Union High School District is planned to replace the current Schoolloop system with a different user-interface Canvas starting in the 2018-2019 school year.

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 (N/A)
AP Chemistry AP Calculus BC AP English Literature and Composition AP Macroeconomics (N/A) AP Studio Art Drawing
AP Environmental Science AP Computer Science A 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




  • 1,339 students: 680 male (50.8%), 659 female (49.2%)
White Hispanic Asian Two or more races Filipino Pacific Islander African American American Indian Not reported
701 251 214 102 45 13 11 2 0
52.4% 18.7% 16% 7.6% 3.4% 1% 0.8% 0.1% 0%

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT Scores for 2014–2015 [9]
Critical Reading average Math average Writing average
Burlingame High 557 586 560
District 544 570 544
Statewide 489 500 484
2013 Academic Performance Index
2009 base API [10] 2013 growth API [11] Growth in the API from 2009 to 2013
836 870 34

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The Iron Panthers (FRC Team 5026 and FTC Team 7316) was founded in 2013 to compete against other Bay Area high schools. In September 2017, the Iron Panthers received recognition by competing in the finals of an off-season Robotics competition, Cheezy Champs.[12] In March 2018, the Iron Panthers' FTC team traveled to Spokane to compete in the West Super-Regional. In April 2017 and 2018, the Iron Panthers traveled to Houston to compete in the World Championship for FIRST Robotics.[12][13] Their motto is "Student-Built, Student-Run".

Burlingame Robotics previously had an FTC team known as the Iron Kittens (Team 10336).

Marching Band[edit]

Burlingame High's Marching Band plays rock, pop, and funk songs at all home basketball and football games. In addition, the band marches typically five times throughout the school year: One during the annual Broadway Burlingame Pet Parade, one during the annual Play-A-Thon fundraiser in October, another during the Holiday Lights Parade in December, one during the Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade, and the last being the march from Burlingame High to San Mateo High. The latter occurs every odd year (the last in November 2017). The band presents its field show twice a year often with the unique "dance break" in the middle of the show. The band competes against the San Mateo High School Band during the Little Big Game.


Burlingame High School has a drama program. Prior to the 2013-14 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 2013-14 school year, the school switched performance schedules and began to perform musicals in the fall and plays in the spring.[citation needed]



Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

Scenes from the film Dangerous Minds were filmed on the campus of Burlingame High School in the spring of 1994.[16]

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 2015–16: Burlingame High School". California Department of Education. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Exhibits". Burlingame Historical Society. Retrieved January 12, 2007.
  4. ^ San Bruno Herald, San Mateo Times
  5. ^ "Burlingame dominates San Mateo, takes Paw for seventh straight year". Prep2Prep. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  6. ^ "America's Best High Schools 2013". Newsweek.
  7. ^ "Best High Schools-2013". US News and World Report. Archived from the original on March 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "America's Most Challenging High Schools-National Rankings 2013". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ "SAT Report - 2014-15 District Level Scores". California Department of Education. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "2009 Base API School Report – Burlingame High". California Department of Education Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division.
  11. ^ "2013 Growth API School Report – Burlingame High". California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement, & Accountability Reporting Division.
  12. ^ a b "Iron Panthers - Team 5026 (2018) - The Blue Alliance".
  13. ^ "Iron Panthers - Team 5026 (2017) - The Blue Alliance".
  14. ^ "On The Record: Marc Benioff". San Francisco Chronicle. October 8, 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2007.
  15. ^ Walsh, Adam (December 16, 2016). "Burlingame native wins 'Survivor': Adam Klein earns $1 million for defeating 19 others on popular reality TV show". San Mateo Daily Journal.
  16. ^ Michelle Pfeiffer Acts With Class / `Dangerous Minds' uses teacher plot well - SFGate

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