Crystal Springs Uplands School

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Crystal Springs Uplands School
CSUS logo
400 Uplands Drive


United States
Coordinates37°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
TypePrivate, coeducational
MottoCommunity, Scholarship, Unbounded Spirit
Head of schoolDan Miller (Interim)
219 middle school
323 upper school
Average class size14 students
Student to teacher ratio9:1
CampusSuburban, 10 acres (2 km²)
Color(s)Red and blue
Athletics30 sports
Athletics conferenceCCS
Uplands Mansion

Crystal Springs Uplands School is an independent, coeducational, college prep day school in Hillsborough, California, United States. Founded in 1952, the school includes grades 6-12, with approximately 220 students in the middle school and 320 students in the 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]


Uplands Mansion[edit]

The main building of the CSUS campus is the Uplands Mansion, originally built 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 has European fixtures including handmade marble fireplaces and mantlepieces, all originating from a single 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. 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]

Middle School Campus[edit]

On August 29, 2017, CSUS opened a middle school campus located at 10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA. Located approximately six miles from the upper school campus, the middle school campus consists of three buildings: a main academic building, a cafe/multipurpose and music building, and a gymnasium.[4]


As of the 2012-2013 academic year, CSUS no longer offers AP courses so that teachers have the flexibility to design challenging courses with a focus on student-initiated projects, internships, investigative research and global experiences. Such courses are designated Honors (H) on student transcripts. Students are still able to take AP exams administered on the CSUS campus.[5]



The 2005 and 2006 Crystal Springs Uplands baseball teams won North Coast Section Class B Championships.[6] 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 seven Section titles (NCS Class 1A-1980, NCS Class A-1984, NCS Division V-2005 & 2006[7] and CCS Division V-2010, 2011, 2014[8]). The 2005 team finished second at the California State Meet XC meet at Woodward Park.

The 2008 boys' XC team won their first section title[9] at the Division V level. After two second-place finishes the next two seasons, the boys won CCS Division V titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014. 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[10] remains the fastest time for all Division V runners on that course. He went on to finish second at the state meet behind three-time state winner Tim Nelson. Nick Holterman, class of '15, won the CCS individual cross country title in 2014.

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.[11] m Kuo became the school's first state meet qualifier in 2005, with a fourth-place finish. That same year, the 400m relay team (Madeleine Evans, Sydney Blankers, Imani McElroy and Caroline Scanlan) qualified for the state meet with their third-place finish. Evans qualified as an individual with a third-place finish in the 400m.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Staff writer (2007-12-28). "How the Schools Stack Up". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
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  3. ^ "History Makers". Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  4. ^ "New Middle School Campus". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  5. ^ "School Profile". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  6. ^ "NCS Team Champions Baseball". 2009-04-10. Archived from the original on 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  7. ^ NCS Class 1A-1980, NCS Class A-1984, NCS Division V-2005 & 2006 Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ CCS Division V-2010, 2011, 2014 Archived 2011-02-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
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