San Jose High School

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San José High School
275 North 24th Street
San Jose, California 95116-1109
United States
Coordinates 37°20′59″N 121°52′16″W / 37.34972°N 121.87111°W / 37.34972; -121.87111Coordinates: 37°20′59″N 121°52′16″W / 37.34972°N 121.87111°W / 37.34972; -121.87111
Founded 1863
School district San Jose Unified School District
Superintendent Nancy Albarran
Principal Gloria Marchant
Faculty 59
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1160
Color(s) Crimson and Grey
Slogan "It's All About Bulldog Pride"
Song San Jose Alma Mater
Athletics conference Blossom Valley Athletic League
Mascot Bulldog
Accreditation WASC, IB, Project Lead the Way
Newspaper The Herald
Yearbook The Bell

San José High School (SJHS) is a public high school in San Jose, California. It is the second oldest public high school in California and was founded in 1863.[1] The school mascot is the Bulldog.

In 1985, the school was renamed San Jose Academy and later San José High Academy as part of the federal magnet schools concept, but on March 25, 2010, it returned to its original name, San José High School. The school has offered the International Baccalaureate program since 1985. Since 1999 the school also has offered the IB Middle Years Program along with its major feeder middle school, Burnett Middle School. In Newsweek magazine's 2005 ranking of United States high schools, San Jose High Academy was ranked 220th.[2]

The campus facility has had several renovations in 2000, 2004, and 2007–present. A new science building opened in March 2009. A new state-of-the-art Career Technology Engineering building was opened for classes in September 2010. The new 13,000-square-foot (1,200 m2) facility houses the Engineering and the Project Lead the Way Program (pre-engineering program). Recently, the school has had an increase of students to over 1200 students, the largest population since the late 1980s.


It all started in the Winter of 1863-1864 in a room above Orbon's Flour Store at 210 S. 1st (The Bell, 1964). Mr. Orbon sold his flour store somewhere in the Fall of 1864 or so & the high school was moved to a one-room structure on Washington Square that was built in 1857. In 1868, a $25,000 bond issue was used to build a new $20,000 building. This 8 room/3 story brick & stone site at Santa Clara St. and 7th housed both Horace Mann and San Jose High (The Bell, 1964). High School classes were primarily held on the 2nd floor.

San José High School was then relocated to San Fernando St between 6th & 7th Streets from 1898-1952. It was actually on the San Jose State College campus at One Washington Square. This building was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake with a third building (Spanish Colonial in style) functioning from 1908-1951.

Students moved into the current location at the corner of 24th & Julian in 1952 with the first class graduating in 1953.


The following sports are offered at San José:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Girls' and Boys')
  • Softball
  • Football
  • Wrestling
  • Soccer (Girls' and Boys')
  • Girls' Field Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Track and field
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Swim
  • Volleyball

Big Bone Game[edit]

The football teams of San José High School and Abraham Lincoln High School (San Jose, California) face off at San Jose City College each Thanksgiving in the Big Bone Game. This rivalry game has been held since 1943; it gets its name from a San José High School student, who found a large steer leg in his father's butcher shop in 1945 and declared it the trophy for the winning school. The Junior Varsity football teams from both schools hold a Little Bone Game the Thursday prior to the Big Bone Game.


  • Dance
  • Drawing/Painting/Design
  • 3D Sculpture/Ceramics
  • Drama
  • Folklorico Dance
  • Concert Band
  • Orchestra
  • Mariachi

Notable alumni[edit]


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