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C. K. McClatchy High School
C.K. McClatchy High School.jpg
3066 Freeport Boulevard

Sacramento County

United States
Coordinates38°32′56″N 121°29′34″W / 38.54889°N 121.49278°W / 38.54889; -121.49278Coordinates: 38°32′56″N 121°29′34″W / 38.54889°N 121.49278°W / 38.54889; -121.49278
School typePublic
School districtSacramento City Unified School District
PrincipalAndrea Egan
Faculty90.49 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,375 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio26.25[1]
Campus typeClosed Campus
Fight song"McClatchy Fight Song"
MascotLeo the lion
Team nameLions
RivalJohn F. Kennedy High School (Sacramento, California)
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges
NewspaperThe Prospector
WebsiteC.K. McClatchy High School

C. K. McClatchy High School, also known as simply McClatchy High School, is a high school in the Sacramento City Unified School District.[2] It is located in the Land Park area of Sacramento, California. Established in 1937, it is the oldest operating high school in the district having succeeded crosstown rival, Sacramento High School, following its closure in 2003. McClatchy High School boasts over fifty clubs and over 50,000 alumni.


Population growth in the city of Sacramento during the 1930s prompted the construction of C.K. McClatchy Senior High School, the city's second high school. Construction financing came from local sources as well as the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal economic stimulus program instituted by President Franklin Roosevelt.[3]

The school's design was done by local architectural firm of Starks and Flanders, whose existing portfolio included downtown landmarks such as the Elks Temple, the U.S. Post Office, and the Courthouse. On May 20, 1937, local dignitaries and students from the city's junior high schools gathered to watch the laying of the school's cornerstone bearing the name of C.K. McClatchy, the late editor and owner of The Sacramento Bee.[citation needed]

On September 19, 1937, the school was officially dedicated. Sitting on 30 acres (120,000 m2), the school included a shooting range, and a band room complete with soundproof practice rooms as well as dressing and music rooms near the auditorium. A nurse's suite with bathrooms and a sun porch and a quartered garden with central fountain in the Moorish style were also features of the new campus.[4]

The school has served students in the Sacramento area for over 70 years. Many local, state, national, and international figures have graduated from CKM. Current enrollment is around 2,400 students.[citation needed]

In 2002, the school was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

McClatchy's newspaper, The Prospector, has been serving students for 75 years.




White African American Asian American Indian Latino Two or More Races
24.4% 8.6% 15.8% 0.8% 41.6% 5.9%

Standardized Testing

SAT Scores for 2015-16[7]
Reading Average Math Average Writing Average
McClatchy High 524 521 500
School District 465 474 452
Statewide 484 494 477


In 2005, C.K. McClatchy High School began to be recognized as a California Distinguished School. Since then, McClatchy continues to be unique among California high schools by “beating the trends.” CKM's school-wide measure of achievement—the Academic Performance Index (API)—jumped 32 points to 745 in 2008, an additional 11 points in 2009 to 756, and the trend is expected to continue.


The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps works with students who desire to develop leadership potential. The open-enrollment program provides a scholastic program in the areas of aerodynamics, science, history and cultural awareness.[8]

Criminal Justice Academy

The Criminal Justice Academy is offered through a partnership with the Sacramento Police Department. Students study the basic course materials used by those in training to be police cadets. Additionally, the curriculum covers investigative procedures, forensic science, physical training and principles of the law.[9]

Humanities and International Studies Program

The Humanities and International Studies Program (abbreviated as HISP) was founded in 1985. It is an honors program designed to focus on literature and cultural studies.[10][11]

Law & Public Policy Academy

The Law & Public Policy Academy's mission is to immerse students in cross-curricular law and public policy based projects and activities. Students study the history of the American legal system as well as criminal prosecution methodologies.[12]

Visual and Performing Arts Program

The Visual and Performing Arts Program (abbreviated as VAPA) is an arts program designed for students to explore careers in the fields of art, entertainment, and media. It was founded in 2016.[13]

Notable alumni

Politics and Judiciary




The Sciences


  1. ^ a b c "C. K. McClatchy High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  2. ^ "High Schools". Sacramento City Unified School District. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2009-11-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "C.K. McClatchy High School". The Living New Deal. 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Asset Detail". National Park Service. 2001. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Enrollment by Ethnicity and Grade". California Department of Education. 2017.
  7. ^ "SAT Report". California Department of Education. 2017.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Air Force Junior ROTC Unit CA-841". CK McClatchy High School. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Criminal Justice Academy". CK McClatchy High School. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  10. ^ "High School Criteria-based Programs - Sacramento City Unified School District". Sacramento City Unified School District. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  11. ^ "What is HISP?". Ckmhisp.prg. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  12. ^ "About Law & Public Policy Academy". CKM LPPA. Archived from the original on 2016-09-27. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  13. ^ "CK McClatchy High School Visual and Performing Arts". CKM VAPA. Retrieved 18 August 2016.

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