Morse High School (California)

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Samuel F.B. Morse High School
Samuel F.B. Morse High School, San Diego, CA.jpg
Morse High School
6905 Skyline Drive


United States
Coordinates32°42′00″N 117°02′53″W / 32.7°N 117.0480556°W / 32.7; -117.0480556Coordinates: 32°42′00″N 117°02′53″W / 32.7°N 117.0480556°W / 32.7; -117.0480556
School boardSan Diego Unified School District
PrincipalDr. Cynthia Larkin
Staff78.61 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,811 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio23.04[1]
Color(s)            Navy Blue, Gold, & White
NewspaperThe Morse Code
YearbookThe Morse Key

Samuel F. B. Morse High School is an urban public high school located in southeastern San Diego in the neighborhood of Skyline Hills serving grades 9-12 in the American K-12 education system. Named after inventor Samuel Finley Breese Morse, it first opened its doors in 1962. Morse has produced several notable athletes among its alumni and has sent its graduates to numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States.[2]

Morse High School, the most populous of all high schools in the San Diego Unified School District, serves the communities of Alta Vista, Bay Terraces, Encanto, Jamacha-Lomita, Paradise Hills, and Skyline in Southeast San Diego.[3] As of 2006-2007, demographics from the California Department of Education show that 35% of the students are Filipino, followed by Hispanic-Latino (34%), Black (21%), and non-Hispanic White (4.0%).[4] Nearly 70% of the student body is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.[5]

Academic Performance Index place the school in schoolwide API of 640 (growth) in 2007 from 648 (base) in 2006 where 800 is the targeted California state goal.[6] As of 2006, Morse High School has an API Statewide Rank of 3 out of 10, and an API Similar Schools Rank of 6 out of 10.[7]

Amid criticism of the school's declining performance after its administrative shake-up in 2002,[8] then-superintendent Carl Cohn brought in Todd Irving, a Co-Principal from East Palo Alto High School,[9] as Co-Principal to assist Principal Rocio Weiss for the 2006-2007 school year.[10] Following Rocio Weiss's departure as Co-Principal in 2008, Todd Irving retained his role as Principal of Morse High School. The current principal (2018) is Cynthia Larkin.[11]

When Gompers High School was converted to a grade 6-12 charter school in 2007,[12] Morse High School and the rebuilt Lincoln High School are the only remaining public senior high schools in Southeast San Diego.[13][14]



Morse offers a full range of athletic teams. These teams compete against other schools in the district and in the surrounding area. Tryouts for the teams usually take place the previous semester. Morse High School is one of very few high schools to have produced two Olympic Gold Medalists (Arnie Robinson and Monique Henderson).

Fall & Winter Sports Spring Sports Military & Pep Squads

Field Hockey
Girls & Boys Cross Country
Girls Volleyball
Girls Golf
Girls Tennis
Boys Water Polo
Girls & Boys Basketball
Girls Water Polo
Girls & Boys Soccer

Academic League
Boys Tennis
Boys Volleyball
Girls & Boys Swimming
Boys Golf
Boys Baseball
Girls Softball
Track & Field

Twirl Flags
Drill Team
Step Team
Tall Flags
Co-Ed Dance/Drill
Color Guard
Drum Corps
Armed Drill Team
Unarmed Drill Team

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Morse High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "School History of Morse High School". Retrieved 2007-09-27.
  3. ^ "Morse High School Attendance Area 2007-2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-09-27.
  4. ^ "2006-07 Selected School Level Data for Morse High School". Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  5. ^ "School board shifting federal money". Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  6. ^ "2006-07 Accountability Progress Reporting". California Department of Education. August 31, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  7. ^ "2006 Base API School Report - Morse Senior High". California Department of Education. July 9, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  8. ^ Davis, Kelly. "WHO'S TO BLAME?: Morse High School needs help, but is removing its principal the answer?". San Diego CityBEAT. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  9. ^ "Board Action Summary for July 11, 2006". San Diego Unified School District. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  10. ^ Gemmell, Kevin. "Rah, rah, rah! Be true to your school now". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  11. ^ "Faculty Staff Directory". Morse High School. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Schools overview". San Diego Unified School District. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  13. ^ Gao, Helen (June 16, 2007). "Gompers High saying farewell to final class". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
  14. ^ Gao, Helen (September 2, 2007). "Rebirth of Lincoln High". San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
  15. ^ Stewart, Mark. Terrell Davis: Toughing It Out. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
  16. ^ "United States Olympic Committee - Henderson, Monique". United States Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
  17. ^ a b "The Baseball Cube". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  18. ^ a b "Samuel F.B. Morse High School Yearbook 1982-San Diego California". Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  19. ^ "SoSH Wiki". 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  20. ^ "The Official Site of The Seattle Mariners". MLB. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  21. ^ "San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame Nominees". Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  22. ^ Rother, Caitlin. "Another tragedy for grieving family". Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  23. ^ Fikes, Jr., Robert. "The Black in Crimson and Black: A History and Profiles of African Americans at SDSU" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 14, 2008. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
  24. ^ "Coaching legends to receive honors". U-T San Diego.

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