James Logan High School

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James Logan High School
1800 H Street
Union City, California 94587
United States
Coordinates 37°44′9.24″N 121°28′35.11″W / 37.7359000°N 121.4764194°W / 37.7359000; -121.4764194Coordinates: 37°44′9.24″N 121°28′35.11″W / 37.7359000°N 121.4764194°W / 37.7359000; -121.4764194
Type public
Established 1959
School district New Haven Unified School District
Principal Abhi Brar
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 4000 (as of Dec 2016)
Campus size 64 acres (260,000 m2)
Color(s) Black and Red
Mascot Jimmy the Colt
Newspaper The Courier
Yearbook Epitaph

James Logan High School (also known as JLHS or Logan) is a public high school in the New Haven Unified School District in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, United States. It is the only public high school in Union City. James Logan High School is near the center of Union City, across the street from City Hall and the Police Station.


James Logan High School is the largest high school in Northern California. It has an enrollment of 4000+ students serving all of Union City and parts of South Hayward (ranging from grades 9-12). Cesar Chavez Middle School and Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School feed into the school population.[1]

Logan's student body for the 2012-2013 school year were 4% Pacific Islander, 44% Asian, 31% Hispanic, 8% African-American, 7% Caucasian and 3% of other races.[2]


Two-story classrooms built in 2005

The original small campus was established in the fall of 1959, built for 1,200 students. This later expanded to 3,000 in 1980 and 4,000 in 1992 as more students from neighboring cities of Fremont, Newark, Hayward, and San Leandro attended the school. In 1992, a two-block property west of H Street, save for a flower shop, was acquired through eminent domain and was added to the campus (which was dubbed the "Logan annex").[3] The school in 1959 consisted of one long single-story building which is still used today.

There are around 152 classrooms in use. The campus is divided into three "houses," each administrated by a separate staff and office. A principal and a vice principal oversee each house.[4]

Students at the school speak 27 different languages. Approximately 30% of the students are recent immigrants from over 60 different countries.[5]

Performing Arts Center[edit]

A 50,000 square foot center opened on March 31, 2010, and houses a 599-seat music / drama theater and performing arts classrooms. A built-in press box overlooks the football stadium.

School Facilities[edit]

The school has a 3,000-seat pavilion gymnasium and dance studio. An original football stadium was built when the school opened. In 1985, an artificial track was put in, the seating capacity was increased to 4,000, and field lights were added. The stadium is now used for graduations, athletic events and other functions, such as Relay For Life. New basketball courts and a tennis complex with lighting opened in 2005 as part of a bond measure. The school is also home to an Olympic-size swimming pool and accompanying locker rooms. In 2014, a bond passed to allow the school to renovate the football field, bleachers and scoreboard. In 2017 solar carports replaced the student parking lots on H Street.


Logan High School has been recognized by a number of academic awards. In 1994 and 1998, it was recognized as a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education.[6] It was one of the first high schools in the nation to be awarded the national award for Excellence in Education.[7] Logan was recognized in 1983 and 1987 as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.[8]


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational at James Logan High School is host to more than a thousand competitors every year.

Speech and Debate[edit]

The James Logan High School Speech and Debate (Forensics) team was founded by Tommie Lindsey Jr. in 1984. Lindsey has since become one of the top coaches in the nation, and the James Logan High School Forensics program has been recognized by Oprah, Jim Lehrer, and CBS 5 News for its excellence.

Despite private and prominent public schools' success in the activity, James Logan has put the diverse community of Union City on the national map for forensics competition excellence. As of 2011, James Logan has consecutively won the School of Excellence Award since its inception into the National Forensics League (NFL). In addition to participating in national competition, the James Logan team attends league-level tournaments and the state tournament. The team also hosts a tournament every year during the M.L.K. Jr. holiday. [9]

Band and Color Guard[edit]

The Marching Band and Color Guard at James Logan High School have won two WSMBC (Westerns States Marching Band Conference) championships (1997, 1999) and the Western Band Association championships in 2017.[10] James Logan held a seven-year win streak. The band and color guard performed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. James Logan World Guard participates in WGI (Winter Guard International) and won ten consecutive gold medals from 1998 to 2007.[11] They took a year off in 2008 to perform with the band in the Beijing Olympics. They returned to WGI the following year (2009) to achieve second place, and then reclaimed the gold medal in Scholastic World in 2010.

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "2015-16 College Admission Profile" (PDF). James Logan High School. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ ethnic demographics 2012-13
  3. ^ Shatzman, Berry (2005-08-31). "Union City's first and only florist going out of business". The Argus. Alameda Newspaper Group. 
  4. ^ New Performing Arts Center Debuts, James Logan Courier, 30 March 2010
  5. ^ About James Logan High School, PBS, 2002
  6. ^ "Distinguished School Awards - Alameda County". State of California - Department of Education. Archived from the original on March 21, 2005. Retrieved 2006-04-18. 
  7. ^ "James Logan High School Information Page". James Logan High School. Retrieved 2006-04-19. 
  8. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002". U.S. Department of Education. Archived from the original on 2004-02-13. Retrieved 2006-04-19. 
  9. ^ http://jlhsforensics.org/about
  10. ^ "WBA GRAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 4A/5A Results". Western Band Association. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "Winter Guard International Scholastic World Color Guard Champions". Winter Guard International. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 

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