San Rafael High School

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Coordinates: 37°58′15″N 122°30′48″W / 37.97083°N 122.51333°W / 37.97083; -122.51333[1]

San Rafael High School
185 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901
School type Public, high school
Mottoes San Rafael High School main building
Founded 1888
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
Principal Glenn Dennis
Staff 90 (59 teachers)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1250 (2016-2017)
Language English, Spanish (ELD program)
Campus Suburban
Area Central Marin County
Color(s)      Red and
Team name Bulldog
Rival Terra Linda High School
Communities served San Rafael, California Park, Peacock Gap, Point San Pedro, The Canal, Santa Venetia
Feeder schools

San Rafael Elementary School District

  • Davidson Middle School and Gallinas/Venetia Valley Middle School
    • Bahia Vista Elementary School
    • Coleman Elementary School
    • Glenwood Elementary School
    • Laurel Dell Elementary School
    • San Pedro Elementary School
    • Sun Valley Elementary School
Affiliation none

San Rafael City Schools, SRHS Demographics

San Rafael City Schools, Our Schools

San Rafael High School is a public high school located at 185 Mission Avenue in San Rafael, California, United States.

The school is part of the San Rafael City Schools school district. Its official nickname is the Bulldogs, however its athletic teams have been known casually as the Dawgs since the mid-1980s.

The school is located on a 33-acre (130,000 m2) campus in central San Rafael.[2]


San Rafael High School opened in 1888. The school's current campus opened in 1924.[2]

Statue of Louis Pasteur, at San Rafael High School

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.[3]

San Rafael High School served as the setting for the video of the 1984 power ballad "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger.[4]

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.[citation needed]

Facilities at the school were upgraded with funds from bond measures passed in 1999 and 2002.[citation needed]

Beginning with the 2001-02 school year, San Rafael High School moved to an A/B rotating block schedule.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Professional baseball

Professional football

Television and movies



  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: San Rafael High School
  2. ^ a b San Rafael City Schools
  3. ^, "420"
  4. ^ Night Rangers revisit 'Sister Christian' and San Rafael November 11, 2005|By Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle
  5. ^ San Rafael City Schools, Board Members, accessed March 23, 2008
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ "Bulldogs in the College World Series Record Books" (PDF). 2009 Fresno State Baseball History. 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.