Katherine Delmar Burke School

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Katherine Delmar Burke School
7070 California Street

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United States
MottoEducate, Encourage & Empower Girls
FounderKatherine Delmar Burke
Head of schoolMichele Williams
Enrollment400 (2018-2019)
Color(s)Green and Gold         
YearbookWorks & Days
Tuition$33,920 (Lower School)
$35,200 (Upper School)
Director of Upper SchoolRebekah Wolman
Director of Lower SchoolAlice Moore
Director of AdmissionsNatalie Mast
Athletic DirectorAshling Bryant

Katherine Delmar Burke School or Burke's, is an independent girls' school for kindergarten through eighth grade, located in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco, California, United States, near Lincoln Park. Until 1975 it also included a high school. It was founded in 1908 by Katherine Delmar Burke and was named Miss Burke's School.

Burke's is one of three all-girl K-8 schools in San Francisco. Burke's celebrated its centennial during the 2007–2008 school year. The school is a member of the California Association of Independent Schools.


Burke's first location in 1908 was at Steiner and Pacific Streets in Pacific Heights. It then relocated to a house at 2310 Broderick Street. In 1918 the growing school moved to a new building designed by architect Julia Morgan (a friend of Katherine Burke), located at 3065 Jackson Street. The school began acquiring property in Sea Cliff in 1929. At first only the Kindergarten and First grade were located there. The rest of the property was used as a sports venue for the upper classes. There was a large grass sports field, basketball courts, and 5 tennis courts. In 1949, grades 2 through 6 were moved there after the completion of new classrooms.

The high school and grades 7 and 8 remained at the Jackson St. building until 1975, when Burke's high school closed and the building was acquired by San Francisco University High School.[1][2][3]

Mascot and colors[edit]

Mascot: Pine Tree

School colors: Green and Gold

Notable alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ Tricia O'Brien, San Francisco's Pacific Heights And Presidio Heights (Arcadia Publishing, 2008), ISBN 978-0738559803, pp. 76-77. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  2. ^ Mark Anthony Wilson, Julia Morgan: Architect of Beauty (Gibbs Smith, 2012), ISBN 978-1423636540, pp. 65-66. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  3. ^ "History" at Katherine Delmar Burke School official website (accessed 29-11-2012).
  4. ^ Staff (April 23, 1986). "Marjorie Eaton, Veteran Actress of Stage and Screen, P.A. Resident" (payment required). San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "Obituary -- Elizabeth Charleston", San Francisco Chronicle, April 11, 1997.
  6. ^ "Burke's Alumna Jennifer Egan Wins Pulitzer", Katherine Delmar Burke School official website, April 6, 2011.
  7. ^ Julian Guthrie, "Vendela Vida wraps trilogy on women in crisis", San Francisco Chronicle, July 6, 2010.

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Coordinates: 37°47′1″N 122°29′33″W / 37.78361°N 122.49250°W / 37.78361; -122.49250