San Marino Unified School District

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San Marino Unified School District
1665 West Drive
San Marino
, California, 91108
United States
District information
SuperintendentDr. Linda de la Torre[2]
NCES District ID0634860[1]
Students and staff
Student–teacher ratio20.55[1]
Other information

San Marino Unified School District is a school district located in San Marino, California.

According to the California Department of Education, SMUSD outperforms the state average across most metrics.[3][4] However, the school district underperforms in English proficiency and 10.4% of students aren't fluent in English.[4][3][5]

In 2015, SMUSD was the highest performing school district in California.[6]


The district consists of two elementary schools (K.L. Carver Elementary School & Valentine Elementary School), one middle school (Henry E. Huntington Middle School) and one high school (San Marino High School).[7]


The first school opened in San Marino, California on September 9, 1917 at the 'Old Mayberry Home'.[8] The small school had thirty-five students and three teachers, teaching from kindergarten to 8th grade. Until 1956, San Marino students attended South Pasadena High School, then called South Pasadena-San Marino High School.[8]

In 1950, South Pasadena, California residents voted against allocating funds to expand South Pasadena-San Marino High School.[9] This led to San Marino residents voting to secede from South Pasadena Unified School District to form SMUSD in 1951.[9] South Pasadena residents subsequently approved the funding in 1954 but the decision to form SMUSD was already made.[9]

Board of education[edit]

San Marino Unified School District's Board of Education members are elected at-large and to a four-year term. The elections are plurality and are held on a Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbers years effective with the 2018 election.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for San Marino Unified". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2022-03-05.
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  3. ^ a b "California School Dashboard (CA Dept of Education)". Retrieved 2023-06-12.
  4. ^ a b "California School Dashboard (CA Dept of Education)". Retrieved 2023-06-12.
  5. ^ "California School Dashboard (CA Dept of Education)". Retrieved 2023-06-12.
  6. ^ "San Marino USD Top Performing District in State".
  7. ^ "San Marino, California (CA 91108) profile". Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  8. ^ a b "History of San Marino". Retrieved 2023-06-12.
  9. ^ a b c Peters, William (2005). "The History of South Pasadena High School" (PDF). Retrieved June 11, 2023.

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