Crystal Springs Uplands School

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Crystal Springs Uplands School
CSUS logo
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, California, 94010
United States
Coordinates 37°33′28″N 122°20′18″W / 37.5577°N 122.3383°W / 37.5577; -122.3383Coordinates: 37°33′28″N 122°20′18″W / 37.5577°N 122.3383°W / 37.5577; -122.3383
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Community, Scholarship, Unbounded Spirit
Religious affiliation(s) none
Established 1952
Head of school Amy C. Richards
Faculty 45
Enrollment 350
~100 Middle School
~250 Upper School
Average class size 14 students
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Campus Suburban, 10 acres (2 km²)
Color(s) Burgundy and navy blue         
Athletics 30 sports
Athletics conference CCS
Mascot Gryphon
Average SAT scores (2004) 730–800 verbal
730–800 math
Tuition $38,990
Uplands Mansion

Crystal Springs Uplands School is an independent, coeducational, college prep day school with 350 students (grades 6-12) located in Hillsborough, California, United States. Founded in 1952, the school has approximately 100 students in the middle school and 250 students in its upper school.

In late 2007, the Wall Street Journal identified Crystal Springs Uplands School as one of the world's top 50 schools for its success in preparing students to enter top American universities.[1]


The main building of the CSUS campus is the Uplands Mansion, built originally as a private residence by Templeton Crocker, scion of railroad baron Charles F. Crocker. Crocker hired renowned San Francisco architect Willis Polk to design the home in the style of a neo-classical Renaissance palazzo. Construction of the 45,000-square-foot (4,200 m2) home took six years to complete (1911–1917) at a cost of $1.6 million ($45 million in today's dollars). It featured 39 rooms including 12 bedrooms, and 12 baths. The mansion's interior is replete with European fixtures including handmade marble fireplaces and mantlepieces, all originating from a singular 16th century Italian castle,[2] Italian ironwork, and German woodcarving throughout. A 16th-century hand-carved ceiling from northern Italy graces the ballroom. Crocker sold the property in 1942 and it was intermittently occupied – most notably by Soviet Ambassador Andrei Gromyko and his delegation to the 1951 Japanese Peace conference [2] – until the trustees of the Crystal Springs School For Girls acquired it in 1956.[3]



The 2005 & 2006 Crystal Springs Uplands baseball teams won North Coast Section Class B Championships.[4] Following a North Coast Section record 27–3 victory in the 2006 championship game, the San Francisco Chronicle named Crystal Springs Uplands one of the top 20 high school teams in the San Francisco Bay area.

Cross Country[edit]

The upper school girls' cross country teams have won 6 Section titles (NCS Class 1A-1980, NCS Class A-1984, NCS Division V-2005 & 2006 and CCS Division V-2010, 2011). The 2005 team also finished 2nd at the California State Meet XC meet at Woodward Park. The 2008 Boys' XC team won their first section title also at the Division V level. After two second place finishes the next two seasons, the boys won two CCS Division V titles in 2011 and 2012. Nick Neely, class of '03, won the NCS individual cross country title in 2002. His winning time of 15:23 on the Hayward HS course remains the fastest time for all Division V runners on that course. He went on to finish 2nd at the state meet behind 3-time state winner Tim Nelson.

Track and Field[edit]

The track and field program returned in 2002 after a two-decade hiatus. The team consisted of one athlete, shot putter Samantha Kuo. After a couple of years and a few additions, the girls' team won the NCS Class A meet in 2004 and 2005. Kuo became the school's first state meet qualifier in 2005 with a 4th place finish. That same year, the 400m relay team (Madeleine Evans, Sydney Blankers, Imani McElroy and Caroline Scanlan) also qualified for the state meet with their 3rd place finish. Evans also qualified as an individual with a 3rd place finish in the 400m.

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