Crystal Springs Uplands School

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Crystal Springs Uplands School
CSUS logo
Community, Scholarship, Unbounded Spirit
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
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) 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]


Uplands Mansion[edit]

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 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]



The 2005 and 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 seven Section titles (NCS Class 1A-1980, NCS Class A-1984, NCS Division V-2005 & 2006 and CCS Division V-2010, 2011, 2014). 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 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 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. 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.

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