Santa Maria High School

Coordinates: 34°56′21″N 120°26′23″W / 34.93907°N 120.439682°W / 34.93907; -120.439682
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Santa Maria High School
901 S. Broadway

Santa Maria, California


United States
Coordinates34°56′21″N 120°26′23″W / 34.93907°N 120.439682°W / 34.93907; -120.439682
School districtSanta Maria Joint Union High School District
PrincipalSteve Campbell
Teaching staff130.87 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment3,101 (2020-2021)[1]
Student to teacher ratio22.14[1]
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, Mixteco
Campus size33.33 acres (13.49 ha)
Color(s)Red and white   
Athletics conferenceCIF Central Section
Central Coast Athletic Association
MascotSammy the Saint
Team nameSaints
NewspaperThe Breeze

Santa Maria High School (SMHS) is a public comprehensive high school in Santa Maria, California, United States. Located in the heart of the city, Santa Maria High School is the second oldest Californian public high school still functioning on its original site. The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District was founded on June 6, 1893.

In 1996, SMHS was recognized as a California Distinguished School.


Built originally on the corner of Broadway and Morrison in 1892, the original school house sat where the Ethel Pope Auditorium now stands. In 1920, the present school was built. The administration building and Ethel Pope Auditorium were connected and featured a bell tower. However, due to strict earthquake codes enforced after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, portions of the school were condemned and demolished. The only original structures that remain are the Administration offices (which will later become into classrooms) and the Auditorium.

One former SMHS faculty member of note is Dean of Girls Ethel Pope. The teacher started the school newspaper, The Breeze, which first published in 1924 and is still active today.

In 2007, Santa Maria High School became a closed campus, meaning that students are not allowed outside of school grounds for lunch. The school's 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, cafeteria, a two-story building in 2016, and a three-story building in 2023 which brought back the bell tower. 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 held a campaign rally on campus at Dave Boyd Field.[2]


Santa Maria High School athletic teams are nicknamed the Saints, and its mascot is Sammy the Saint. Since 2018, the school has competed in the Central Coast Athletic Association, a conference affiliated with the CIF Central Section. Previously, SMHS was a long-time member of the CIF Southern Section (CIF-SS) and the Los Padres League.

Santa Maria has earned CIF-SS championships in football, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' water polo (1991), boys soccer (2005 Division IV), and boys baseball (2017 Division VI).[3]

Santa Maria boys soccer made it into another CIF Finals. They faced their crosstown rivals, Pioneer Valley. They defeat Pioneer Valley 2-0 in overtime and became CIF champions. (2023 Division II)[1]


Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Kim, Gina. "Over 7,500 'feel the Bern' as presidential candidate Sanders stops in Santa Maria". Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Opina, Derek. "Santa Maria High wins 2017 CIF division six baseball championship". KSBY. Archived from the original on June 16, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Newsroom". Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "ABEL MALDONADO'S VOTING RECORDS". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "OBITUARY: ADM. OWEN W. SILER". US Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  7. ^ "Devon Brock ("Dangerous") | MMA Fighter Page". Tapology. Retrieved 2023-02-09.
  8. ^ "GALLERY: Cabrillo at Santa Maria Boys Basketball". Santa Maria Times. Retrieved 2023-02-09.

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