Santa Maria High School

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Santa Maria High School
901 S. Broadway
Santa Maria, California
Santa Maria, California 93454
United States
Coordinates 34°56′21″N 120°26′23″W / 34.93907°N 120.439682°W / 34.93907; -120.439682Coordinates: 34°56′21″N 120°26′23″W / 34.93907°N 120.439682°W / 34.93907; -120.439682
Established 1892
Founded 1909
School district Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
Principal Joe Domingues
Teaching staff 450
Grades 9-12
Student to teacher ratio 30:1 teacher to student ratio
Language English, Spanish
Campus size 33.33 acres
Color(s) Red and white         
Mascot Sammy The Saint
Team name Saints
Newspaper The Breeze

Santa Maria High School is one of the four primary high schools in the city of Santa Maria, California, the United States. Located in the heart of the city, Santa Maria High School is the oldest school in the Santa Maria Valley and is part of the oldest high school district in California. The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District was founded on June 6, 1893. Built originally on the corner of Broadway and Morrison in 1892, the original school house sat on what is now the Ethel Pope Auditorium. In 1920 the present day school was built. The administration building and Ethel Pope Auditorium connected and featured a bell tower. But due to strict earthquake codes enforced after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, portions of the school was condemned and demolished. The only original structures that remain are the Administration offices, the Auditorium, and the Choir, Science, Journalism, and English hall. In 1996 Santa Maria High was recognized as a California Distinguished School.

Santa Maria High School's mascot is Sammy, the Saint. CIF Athletic championships include football, boys and girls basketball, boys water polo(1991) and most recently boys soccer(2005 Division IV).

Dean of Girls Ethel Pope is possibly the most recognized teacher in SMHS history, both for her teaching and for starting the school newspaper, The Breeze which first published in 1924 and is still in existence today.

In 2007 Santa Maria High school became a closed campus (meaning students were not allowed outside of school grounds for lunch). The only exception to this rule is for seniors with passing grades and no financial fees. SMHS' new cafeteria now serves meals and is a gathering place for students at lunch.

Santa Maria High School has remodeled and added on sections in recent years including a new library, pool, health center, and cafeteria. Dave Boyd Field has also been renovated with a new synthetic turf and track, home stands and press box. The new stadium has been dedicated to longtime athletic director Ralph Baldiviez.

On May 28, 2016, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied at Wilson Stadium(Football Field).


College Board 2004 Inspiration Award[1]

Notable alumni[edit]


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