San Rafael High School
|San Rafael High School|
|185 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901
|School type||Public, high school|
|School board||San Rafael City Schools Board of Education|
|School district||San Rafael City Schools|
|Oversight||Western Assn of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools|
|Superintendent||Michael R. Watenpaugh|
|Staff||90 (59 teachers)|
|Language||English, Spanish (ELD program)|
|Area||Central Marin County|
|Rival||Terra Linda High School|
|Communities served||San Rafael, California Park, Peacock Gap, Point San Pedro, The Canal, Santa Venetia|
|San Rafael City Schools, Our Schools|
The school is located on a 33-acre (130,000 m2) campus in central San Rafael.
San Rafael High School opened in 1888. The school's current campus opened in 1924.
The school is often cited as the origin (1971) of the time and codeword 420 in drug culture; originally "420" served as a code word for "The Waldos", a group of marijuana users who would meet in front of a statue of Louis Pasteur at 4:20 p.m. to smoke marijuana, both near the statue and at other clandestine locations on campus grounds. The "420" moniker was in widespread use on campus during the '74 through '76 timeframe by the school stoner community. As the usage spread, the original connotations of the word "420" faded away.
KSRH is the school's radio station, which is completely operated by students. The station broadcasts with 10 watts of power on 88.1 FM and 107.3 Cable FM. The station takes requests during school hours at (415) 457-KSRH.
Facilities at the school were upgraded with funds from bond measures passed in 1999 and 2002.
In 2006, the school scored 680 on the Academic Performance Index (API), the California Department of Education’s program for measuring school accountability. It also passed all Adequate Yearly Performance (AYP) criteria required by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.
In September, 2008, the school served as a primary location for the independent feature film, The Prankster. School was in session while filming took place and some students and teachers had background roles in the movie. The former principal, Judy Colton, had a small speaking part with Kurt Fuller, who played Dean Pecarino in the film.
- Jerry Goff '82 Catcher MLB Montreal Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros
- Jesse Foppert '98 Pitcher MLB San Francisco Giants
- Will Venable '01 Outfielder MLB San Diego Padres
- Ron Snidow '59 Defensive tackle NFL Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns
- Natu Tuatagaloa '84 Defensive end NFL Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Oilers; elected to the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education in 2001
Television and movies
- Byron Stewart '74 Warren Coolidge on the CBS television series The White Shadow.
- Phillip R. Ford '79 Entertainer and cult film director Vegas in Space.
- Harold Haley '22 former Marin County Superior Court Judge
- Nikki Tyler '90 Adult film actress
- Steve Detwiler '06 Outfielder Fresno State University Bulldogs; College World Series record holder
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: San Rafael High School
- San Rafael City Schools
- Snopes.com, "420"
- Night Rangers revisit 'Sister Christian' and San Rafael November 11, 2005|By Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle http://articles.sfgate.com/2005-11-11/news/17397637_1_night-ranger-jack-blades-sister-christian
- San Rafael City Schools, Board Members, accessed March 23, 2008
- Associated Press, "Justin Wilson, Steve Detweiler lead Fresno State to 6-1 win over Georgia to claim the national title," June 26, 2008, Madera Times, accessed June 26, 2008; Detwiler drove in all six runs in the Bulldogs' third-game victory in the College World Series
- "Bulldogs in the College World Series Record Books" (PDF). 2009 Fresno State Baseball History. CBSSports.com. Retrieved 13 March 2011. Set record for most bases in CWS championship game; tied for most runs; second place for most RBI; tied for second most hists.