Hillsdale High School (San Mateo, California)

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Hillsdale High School
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Hillsdale High School is located in San Francisco Bay Area
Hillsdale High School
Hillsdale High School
Hillsdale High School is located in California
Hillsdale High School
Hillsdale High School
Hillsdale High School is located in the United States
Hillsdale High School
Hillsdale High School
3115 Del Monte Street

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94403

United States
Coordinates37°31′57″N 122°18′46″W / 37.532403°N 122.312669°W / 37.532403; -122.312669Coordinates: 37°31′57″N 122°18′46″W / 37.532403°N 122.312669°W / 37.532403; -122.312669
Information
TypePublic Secondary
Established1955
PrincipalJeff Gilbert
Faculty119[1]
Grades9–12
Number of students1,385 (2016-2017)[2]
CampusSuburban
Color(s)Columbia Blue, Scarlet Red
         
Athletics conferencePeninsula Athletic League
Team nameFighting Knights
RivalAragon High School
NewspaperHillsdale Scroll[3]
YearbookThe Hillsdale Shield
Website

Hillsdale High School is a public co-educational high school in San Mateo, California serving grades 9–12 as part of the San Mateo Union High School District. Hillsdale generally serves the residents of San Mateo and Foster City. The main feeder schools to Hillsdale are the Abbott, Bayside, Borel, and Bowditch Middle Schools of the San Mateo-Foster City School District.

History[edit]

When it opened in 1955, Hillsdale High School was awarded the School Design Award from the American Institute of Architects. It served as the prototype for Bay Area high schools, with indoor/outdoor passages, landscaped courtyards, and skylights in classrooms.[4] The design is credited to John Lyon Reid.[5]

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, teachers Greg Jouriles and Sue Bedford developed and implemented an integrated humanities curriculum, scheduling social studies and English classes back-to-back. The extended periods were first rolled out to first-year honors students in 1989, followed by a parallel program implemented by Christine Del Gaudio and Marty Kongsle for the remaining first-year students in 1992.[6]:5 1994 marked the start of the annual Battle at Dawn, a re-enactment of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle for first-year students at HHS as part of their studies about World War I.[7][8]:8

In 1996, HHS proposed implementing a senior exhibition as a graduation requirement to pass fourth-year English classes. Students would have to defend a fifteen-page thesis before a three-member panel for their senior exhibition, which drew attention from parents concerned their children would not pass.[6]:7 The senior exhibition requirement was implemented in 1997, and the review of multiple drafts added a substantial load to teachers' grading burden, including one-on-one assistance and mentoring. As a result, a tutorial period was added to the teachers' schedules in 1999, and the English, social studies, and math teachers collaborated to create the Reflective, Eager, Aspiring, Learning Masters (REALM) program to help personalize instruction.[6]:8–9 Jeff Gilbert left HHS in 2001 to join the Stanford Teacher Education Program, introducing the two schools, and Stanford faculty entered into a Professional Development School relationship with HHS in the fall of 2001.[6]:10

In the early 2000s, HHS won multiple grants to transform school culture into small learning communities (SLC),[9] an approach championed by Linda Darling-Hammond,[10] who had introduced HHS faculty to the concept during a professional development day in January 2002.[6]:10 The planning for SLCs at HHS was funded by a spring 2002 federal grant which culminated in Coyote Point Day, a two-day discussion and planning session held offsite at Coyote Point Park in November 2002.[6]:11

Under the SLC model, incoming first-year students at HHS are divided into four houses (Florence, Kyoto, Oaxaca, and Marrakech), named for important medieval centers of learning; each house has approximately 100 students, who stay with a common set of teachers covering math, English, social science, and science for two years.[9][11]

Campus[edit]

SMUHSD residents approved Measure D in 2000[12] and Measure M in 2006,[13][14] which directly funded the repair and modernization of District schools, including Hillsdale.

Statistics[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2015-2016[2] 1,375 students: 712 male (51.8%), 663 female (48.2%)

White Hispanic Asian Two or More Races Filipino Pacific Islander African American American Indian Not Reported
556 358 212 125 80 20 19 5 0
40.4% 26% 15.4% 9.1% 5.8% 1.5% 1.4% 0.4% 0%

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT Scores for 2014–2015[15]
Critical Reading Average Math Average Writing Average
Hillsdale High 524 554 520
District 544 570 544
Statewide 489 500 484
2013 Academic Performance Index
2009 Base API[16] 2013 Growth API[17] Growth in the API from 2009 to 2013
774 818 44

Athletics[edit]

Hillsdale participates in the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) in the following sports:[18]

Awards[edit]

Hillsdale High School has received a number of awards and honors:


Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HHS Staff Directory". SMUHSD. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2015-16: Hillsdale High School". California Department of Education. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Hillsdale Scroll
  4. ^ a b c d "About Us: Hillsdale High School History". San Mateo Union High School District. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  5. ^ Michelson, Alan. "San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD), Hillsdale High School, San Mateo, CA". Pacific Coast Architecture Database. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f School Redesign Network (2005). Windows on Conversions: Hillsdale High School, San Mateo, California (PDF) (Report). Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  7. ^ Mathews, Jay (March 25, 2018). "Duck! Ninth-graders learn on the battlefield while squirt guns squirt". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e "A Knight's Tale: 2016-2017" (PDF). Hillsdale High School. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  9. ^ a b Swartz, Angela (August 28, 2013). "A decade of small learning community success: Hillsdale continues to share its redesign with other U.S. high schools". San Mateo Daily Journal. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  10. ^ Mathews, Jay (November 6, 2011). "My high school's surprise transformation, and what it says about education reform". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  11. ^ KVIE Sacramento. "Hillsdale High: A Small Learning Community". Inside California Education. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Measure D: San Mateo Union High School District Bonds For Repair and Renovation". Smart Voter. November 7, 2000. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Measure M: Bond Measure — San Mateo Union High School District". Smart Voter. November 7, 2006. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Measure M" (PDF). San Mateo Union High School District. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  15. ^ "SAT Report - 2014-15 District Level Scores". California Department of Education. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  16. ^ "2009 Base API School Report - Hillsdale High". California Department of Education Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division.
  17. ^ "2013 Growth API School Report - Hillsdale High". California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement, & Accountability Reporting Division.
  18. ^ "Peninsula Athletic League". Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  19. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program, p.11" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 30, 2014.
  20. ^ 2007 Distinguished Middle and High Schools - California Distinguished Schools Program (CA Dept of Education)
  21. ^ "Hillsdale wins state Mock Trial". The Daily Journal. March 23, 2010.
  22. ^ America's Best High Schools 2011 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast
  23. ^ "2016 Recipients - Schools of Opportunity". April 4, 2017.
  24. ^ a b c "Hillsdale High School Hall of Fame: 2018 Inductees" (PDF). Hillsdale High School Alumni. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  25. ^ Sue Lempert (28 July 2014). "Famous local high school graduates". San Mateo Daily Journal.
  26. ^ Mathews, Jay (February 5, 2000). "What Coach Vermeil Taught Me". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  27. ^ "Hillsdale High School Hall of Fame: 2019 Inductees" (PDF). Hillsdale High School Alumni. Retrieved 18 June 2019.

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