San Mateo Union High School District

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San Mateo Union High School District
Logo for the San Mateo Union High School District
650 North Delaware Street
San Mateo, CA 94401-1732

United States
District information
Type Public
Motto A Commitment to Quality Education for a Better Future.
Grades 9-12
Established 1902
President Peter H. Hanley[1]
Vice-president Linda Lees Dwyer[1]
Superintendent Dr. Kevin Skelly[2]
Accreditation(s) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
California Department of Education
Schools 7
Budget $112 million
District ID 0634980[3]
Students and staff
Students 8,183
Teachers 471
Staff 342
Athletic conference Peninsula Athletic League
Other information

The San Mateo Union High School District is a high school district headquartered in San Mateo, California. In addition to San Mateo, the district serves the cities of San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, and Foster City.


The district consists of seven public high schools, one alternative high school (a "college high school"), and one adult School in San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, and San Mateo.[4] The district serves a total population of 8,400 students with a staff of more than 900 employees; the District Adult School has an additional 10,000 part-time students.[5] The seven public schools participate in the Peninsula Athletic League.[6]

The oldest school in the district is San Mateo High School, which opened in 1902. The second oldest school is Burlingame High School, which opened in the early 1920s. This was followed by Capuchino High School in San Bruno in 1950. Additional schools were Hillsdale High School (1955) and Aragon High School (1961) in San Mateo, Mills High School (1958) in Millbrae, and Crestmoor High School (1962) in San Bruno. Due to declining enrollment, Crestmoor was closed in 1980; some of the buildings were later used for Peninsula High School, a continuation school.

The San Mateo Middle College High School is an alternative education program, begun in 1998, which is attended by 35 juniors and 35 seniors selected from high schools in the district. These students take both high school and college courses at College of San Mateo.[7]

The San Mateo Adult School is an adult school with an annual enrollment of over 14,000 whose mission is to "develop skilled workers, strong families, and successful communities by offering opportunities to learn at every stage of adult life."[8]

List of San Mateo Union High School District Schools[9]
Name Year Address City Telephone[a] Notes Image
Aragon 1961 900 Alameda de las Pulgas San Mateo 2999
2952 (fax)
Aragon High School - San Mateo California.jpg
Burlingame c.1920 1 Mangini Way Burlingame 2899
2852 (fax)
Burlingame High School.jpg
Capuchino 1950 1501 Magnolia Ave San Bruno 2799
2752 (fax)
Capuchino Campus in April 2007.jpg
Hillsdale 1955 3115 Del Monte St San Mateo 2699
(650)574-4173 (fax)
Mills 1958 400 Murchison Dr Millbrae 2599
2552 (fax)
Peninsula (1962) 300 Piedmont Ave San Bruno 2499 Built on the former campus of Crestmoor High School Former Crestmoor High School.jpg
San Mateo 1902 506 N. Delaware St San Mateo 2399
2352 (fax)
Adult School 1917 789 E. Poplar Ave San Mateo 2100
(650)762-0232 (fax)
Provides education for traditionally underserved communities.[10]
Middle College 1998 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd San Mateo (650)574-6161 Concurrent enrollment for up to 35 juniors and 35 seniors earning college credits at College of San Mateo while attending high school courses. College of San Mateo (7352632808).jpg
Design Tech 2014 1800 Rollins Rd Burlingame (650)231-2701 '' is a charter school expected to relocate to a new building on Oracle Parkway in Redwood City in January 2018
  1. ^ If a four-digit number is listed, the area code and prefix are (650)558-2xxx




  • 8,247 students: 4,144 Male (50.2%), 4,103 Female (49.8%)[11]
White Hispanic Asian Two or More Races Filipino Pacific Islander African American American Indian Not Reported
2,494 2,443 1,780 739 422 219 130 6 14
30.2% 29.6% 21.6% 9% 5.1% 2.7% 1.6% 0.1% 0.2%

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT 1 Scores for 2010–2011[12]
Critical Reading Average Math Average Writing Average
District 539 571 546
Statewide 495 513 494

Board of Trustees[edit]

The San Mateo Union High School District is governed by a five-member board of trustees, whose members are elected by voters residing in the district to serve up to two four-year terms. The Board is responsible for establishing educational goals and standards, approving curriculum and the school district budget, and appoints a superintendent to manage day-to-day administration.

The current trustees are Peter Hanley, Linda Lees Dwyer, Greg Land, Marc Friedman, and Robert Griffin.[1] Former Board President Dave Pine was elected to the District 1 seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, replacing Mark Church in an all-mail special election which ended on May 3, 2011.[13][14]


The district instituted a "Late start policy starting in the 2017-2018 academic year. While Thursdays ended earlier in previous years (1:45 pm as opposed to 3:15 pm), the late start made it so that Thursdays would start at 9:30, as opposed to the usual 8:00 am and would then end at 3:15 pm. This was controversial, as not all students could take advantage of the late start, as it would interfere with their driving schedule. Additionally, the late start, or more specifically the later end, interfered with many after-school programs.


  1. ^ a b c "About the Board". San Mateo Union High School District. 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  2. ^ "School District Administration". San Mateo Union High School District. 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for San Mateo Union High School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  4. ^ "San Mateo Union High School District, Our Schools", Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "SMUHSD General Information", Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "Peninsula Athletic League Schools". San Mateo County Office of Education. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  7. ^ "College of San Mateo, Overview", Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  8. ^ "San Mateo Adult School", Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  9. ^ "Schools". San Mateo Union High School District. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  10. ^ Teshara, Larry (15 April 2010). "Financial History". San Mateo Adult School. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  11. ^ "District Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2011-12". California Department of Education. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  12. ^ "SAT Report - SMUHSD". Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  13. ^ Eslinger, Bonnie (4 April 2011). "Dave Pine wants to bring his corporate experience to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  14. ^ Durand, Michelle (25 May 2011). "Dave Pine joins the Board of Supervisors". San Mateo Daily Journal. Retrieved 25 August 2017.

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