Crestmoor High School

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Crestmoor High School
Former Crestmoor High School.jpg
Former facility in 2007
San Bruno, California
United States
Type public
Established 1962
Status closed
School district SMUHSD
Campus suburban

Crestmoor High School opened in San Bruno, California in September 1962 to relieve congestion at Capuchino High School and Mills High School. It was the seventh high school to be built by the San Mateo Union High School District, based in San Mateo, California. Construction began in 1960 on a graded plateau in the Crestmoor district of San Bruno and took about two years to complete. The buildings, which are similar in design to those of Aragon High School, Hillsdale High School, and Mills High School, were constructed mostly of steel and glass, featuring expansion systems to provide earthquake resistance. The school, and its similarly designed schools, have been designed in a architectural style described as "postwar techno-optimism".[1] The school was closed in 1980.[2]

Field Area:The schools Baseball and Football/Track fields are still open to the public, and are currently maintained by the San Bruno City. The track is one of the last dirt tracks you can run on. The fields are enjoyed by youth soccer teams.

The view from the school site takes in the East Bay and South San Francisco to San Mateo.


Declining student enrollment in the San Mateo Union High School District prompted the school board to consider closing a school in the fall of 1980. The final choice came down to Burlingame High School or Crestmoor. In the vote, the board decided to close Crestmoor despite Crestmoor's having a larger enrollment than Burlingame and being a newer facility with lower operating and maintenance costs than several district schools. The 1,500-student facility was closed in 1980, relieving the school district of construction debt.[3] Some of the buildings were later used for a continuation high school, Peninsula High School (San Bruno).

The San Mateo Union High School District board decided that sale of the campus would help alleviate a major financial shortfall. The proposed sale of the campus was opposed by San Bruno residents.[4] As of October 2013, the facility continues to house San Mateo Union High School District's continuation/alternative high school, Peninsula Alternative High School.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny; Beth A. Armstrong (January 2007). An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Gibbs Smith. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-58685-432-4. 
  2. ^ Horgan, John (11 May 2008). "Former Crestmoor High School has sat badly underused". Inside Bay Area. San Mateo County Times. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Bishop, Shaun (24 November 2010). "Crestmoor school debate not over". San francisco Examiner. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Murtagh, Heather (3 February 2010). "Residents rally around school site". The Daily Journal (San Mateo). Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Morgan, John (1 October 2013). "John Horgan: 45 years ago, a Crestmoor High School highlight". Mercury News (San Jose). San Mateo County Times. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "GARY MICHAEL RIST" (database). Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  7. ^ "Olympics/Paralympics 2004". United States Sailing Association. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  8. ^ Rick Eymer (6 April 2001). "Aragon High Trio Snaps San Mateo Swimmers' Streak". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 

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