Jefferson High School (Daly City, California)

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Jefferson High School
Jefferson High School memorial
6996 Mission Street
Daly City, California 94014
United States
Coordinates 37°41′45″N 122°27′57″W / 37.6957°N 122.4659°W / 37.6957; -122.4659Coordinates: 37°41′45″N 122°27′57″W / 37.6957°N 122.4659°W / 37.6957; -122.4659
Type Public high school
Established 1922
School district Jefferson Union High School District
Principal Mark Beshirs
Faculty 51
Number of students 1,115
Campus Urban
Color(s)          Blue, gold
Mascot Grizzlies

Jefferson High School is an American public high school in Daly City, California, United States, and was the first school in the Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD). Jefferson serves Daly City, Brisbane, Pacifica, and Colma.


Daly City residents who formerly had to send their children to San Francisco high schools because of a lack of a local alternative voted into existence the Jefferson Union High School District in 1922. This resulted in the formation of Jefferson High School.


Old Jefferson Hall, circa 1922

Jefferson High School (JHS) opened in 1922 to its first 50 students using the old Jefferson Hall (previously Jefferson Elementary School) near San Pedro Road and Hill Street. Recognizing the need for a more suitable campus to accommodate the rapidly expanding student body, JUHSD residents voted to build a new campus at the current location in 1923.[1]

The first building was finished in 1925. Subsequently, this building was demolished and replaced in 1963.

In 2000, alumnus John Madden donated the lighting for the campus football field. They are named "Madden Lights" in his honor.[citation needed]

In 2005, Jefferson began a project to renovate and remodel the campus.


White Latino Asian African American Pacific Islander American Indian Two or More Races
2% 41% 43% 4% 2% 0.1% 7%

According to US News and World Report, 98% of Jefferson's student body is "of color," with 54% of the student body coming from an economically disadvantaged household, determined by student eligibility for California's Reduced-price meal program. [2]



Jefferson offers Advanced Placement courses in US History, Chemistry, Spanish Language and Culture, US Government, Language and Composition, Literature, Studio Art, and Calculus AB.

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT Scores for 2013–2014 [3]
Critical Reading Average Math Average Writing Average
Jefferson High School 455 477 452
Jefferson Union District 503 536 500
San Mateo County 546 576 548
Statewide 492 506 489

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Co-curricular clubs[edit]

Gymnasium entrance
Inside Jefferson's gymnasium
Jefferson's swimming pool

The following co-curricular clubs are hosted at Jefferson High School to complement the regular school curriculum:

Associated Student Body Black Student Union Band Close Up (trip)
Club Jeff Anime Club Band Color Guard Fil-Am
Home and Garden Instrumental Trading Post JBIC
Latin Heritage Mission Fusion Symphonic Band Mock Trial
Newcomers Paseo CSF Peer Assistance
Photography Club Pottery Environmental Club Robotics
Polynesian Sojourn to the Past Gay-Straight Alliance Yearbook

Student clubs[edit]

GSA Key Club Latino Heritage Gaming Club Skateboarding Club Gardening Club Environmental Pacific Islanders Fil-Am Robotics Mock Trial Fashion Club Anime Club Art Club M.E.S.A. P.A.S.E.O Future A.S.A.P ASB


The Tom-Tom is Jefferson's student newspaper.[4] It is published quarterly, usually in November, February, April and June. It includes full color on the front, back and center-spread pages. The sections include news, opinion, sports, features, health, technology, and arts and entertainment.

The newspaper regularly participates in and has received awards in local (Peninsula Press Club), state (Journalism Education Association of Northern California) and national (Journalism Education Association/NSPA) conferences and competitions.

The newspaper is written and edited by students in the Journalism I, II and III courses, which is designed to focus on advanced writing skills for students who wish to either pursue a career in journalism or to build upon their existing skills.

In direct alignment with Jefferson High School’s determination to create a more literate and literature-loving community, this course encourages students to write and voice their opinions, and spurs others to read by producing a quality newspaper. The mission of the Tom-Tom is to inform, educate and entertain the readers — students, teachers, parents, members of the community — about issues that affect the students as well as the citizens of Daly City and the nation.

Football training with one of the "Madden Lights" in the background


Jefferson provides the following sports programs depending on the season:

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Historical Items". Jefferson High School Alumni Boosters. 27 August 2003. Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "SAT Report - District Level Scores". California Department of Education. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Classes 1950–1959". Archived from the original on 15 May 2002. Retrieved 15 October 2008. 

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