San Francisco University High School
|San Francisco University High School|
|San Francisco, California
|Established||1973, Opened 1975|
|Head of School||Julia Russell Eells|
|Average class size||16 students|
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1|
|Campus||Urban, three city blocks|
|Average SAT scores (2011)||Critical Reading 710
San Francisco University High School (familiarly known as UHS or simply "University") is a college preparatory high school located on Jackson Street in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The school was established in 1973.
"University High School welcomes students of demonstrated motivation and ability to engage in an education that fosters responsibility and the spirited pursuit of knowledge. We are a school where adults believe in the promise of every student, and together we work to build and sustain a community of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and talents. UHS challenges each individual to live a life of integrity, inquiry, and purpose larger than the self."
The median GPA at University is 3.54 with a grading scale of A–F, including plus or minus. In order to graduate, students must take two years of art (including the mandatory Western Civilization course in their sophomore year), four years of English, three years of a foreign language (with Mandarin, French, Spanish, and Latin offered), two years of History excluding Western Civilization, three years of Mathematics, and two years of Science in addition to Community Service Learning requirements. University High School currently has a 1:1 iPad program in place for both students and faculty. In 2012, the school began implementing its mentoring program, which supports ninth-grade students as they navigate their first year of high school.
The cost of attendance at University High School for the 2014–2015 school year was $39,000. In 2014-2015, students at University High School received a total of about $2.1 million in financial assistance, with 21% of students receiving financial aid.
Facilities and Campus
The school is made up of four buildings, commonly referred to as Upper, Middle, Lower, and South campuses. Upper and Middle are connected and located between Jackson and Washington streets, while Lower is across the street, between Washington and Clay. South is two blocks farther down, located at Lyon and Sacramento streets.
Upper Campus is the oldest and most historic part of campus. Originally designed by Julia Morgan, it was first used to house the Katherine Delmar Burke School, a girls' school, from the early part of the 20th century until 1975, when the building was sold to the newly created University High School. It houses the History and English Departments. Middle Campus, connected to Upper Campus by a bridge, houses the school library; the 400-seat theater; the student center and cafeteria; state-of-the-art science labs; and music rooms; including an electronic music recording room. Lower Campus is home to the Math and Science Departments. It also holds the fitness center, changing rooms, gym, and athletic offices. Indoor sports are played at the gym, while field sports are mainly played at fields in the nearby Presidio. South Campus, newly opened in the 2006–2007 school year, is the home of the Foreign Language Department, the Art Department, the College Counseling offices, and the Summerbridge program, UHS's pioneer program to help talented middle school students from local public middle schools get the resources they might not have access to in their own schools. Additionally, South Campus contains a language lab, a large photography studio and darkroom, and art studios.
In 2013, the Washington Post ranked University the 15th best private high school in a nationwide list of "schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests".
Graduates in the 37 classes of alumni of University High School have made significant contributions and received recognition for outstanding achievements in a variety of fields, including the performing and visual arts, education, literature, medicine, law, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. The names below are only a few of the distinguished alumni in 15 different occupational areas to be found in a more up-to-date directory prepared by the UHS Alumni Director on the UHS website, After UHS..
- Tyler Walker, MLB baseball player, Washington Nationals
- Tauba Auerbach, artist
- Slater Bradley, video artist
- Ari Gold, filmmaker, actor, musician
- John Morris, actor
- Sol Sender, graphic designer
- Deke Sharon, musician
- Olivia Somerlyn, musician
- George Watsky, musician, poet, internet phenom
- Ali Wong, comedian
- Peter Saraf, film producer