Santa Teresa High School

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Santa Teresa High School
Santa Teresa High School aerial view.jpg
Campus aerial view, June 2010
6150 Snell Avenue

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United States
Coordinates37°14′07″N 121°49′48″W / 37.235377°N 121.829959°W / 37.235377; -121.829959Coordinates: 37°14′07″N 121°49′48″W / 37.235377°N 121.829959°W / 37.235377; -121.829959
School typePublic high school
OpenedJuly 1, 1974 (1974-07-01)
StatusOpen; regular
School districtEast Side Union High School District
NCES District ID0611820[1]
CEEB code053106
NCES School ID061182001308[2]
PrincipalGreg Louie
Number of students2,207 (2016-17)[3]
Student to teacher ratio25.71
Schedule typeBlock
ScheduleCollaboration: 7:15 AM – 1:40 PM

S Days: 7:15 AM – 3:10 PM

T Days: 8:00 AM – 2:45 PM
Campus typeSuburban
School color(s)         
Blue and orange
SportsBlossom Valley Athletic League
MascotSt. Bernard
RivalsOak Grove High School, Leland High School
USNWR ranking275 in California
National ranking1,512
Communities servedSanta Teresa
Last updated: 21:56, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

Santa Teresa High School (also referred to as STHS) is a public high school located in the suburban Santa Teresa neighborhood of southern San Jose, California. The school is a member of the East Side Union High School District and serves students from grades 9 through 12. The average student enrollment is 2,300 students, with an average ratio of 25 students for every teacher.


The main campus of Santa Teresa High School was constructed in 1967[4] and officially opened on July 1, 1974,[5][6] though physical occupancy did not begin until January 1975[citation needed]. The school added a new bond-funded multi-purpose building in 2010 in addition to solar panels over the parking lots.[6][7]

The campus is also home to Phoenix High School, an alternative high school and member of the ESUHSD.[8] Phoenix is housed within four portable buildings and a classroom in the 800 building of STHS.[8] Phoenix is supervised by Santa Teresa High School staff members.[8]

Academics and student life[edit]

Santa Teresa High School has roughly 2,300 students, both male and female, and spans 9th through 12th grades.[6] The average ratio at STHS is 25 students for every teacher.[6] STHS serves as magnet school for ESUHSD and offers a specialty program in multimedia arts.[9] As of the 2015–16 school year, STHS offered 21 Advanced Placement courses to its student body and 32% of the students enrolled in one or more of those courses.[6] Between 2011 and 2015, STHS students dropped out at a lower rate and graduated at a higher rate compared to others in East Side Union High School District and the state of California.[6] The U.S. News & World Report ranked STHS as the 275th best high school in California, and 1,512th nationally, for 2016.[10]

Santa Teresa is home to over 50 student clubs on campus.[11] Officially recognized student clubs include American Red Cross, California Scholarship Federation, FBLA-PBL, Key Club, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement, National Honor Society, International Relations Club, and UNICEF.[11] STHS is supported by a number of community organizations to assist the student body.[6] Organized in 2004, the Santa Teresa Parent Teacher Organization, the school's Parent-Teacher Association, serves to advance the academic and social programs offered at STHS.[6][12] The Santa Teresa Music and Arts Association, a school booster club, offers a performing arts curriculum with an emphasis on drama and band.[6][13] The Santa Teresa Athletic Boosters Club is a non-profit which fundraisers to provide revenue to assist the athletic teams of STHS.[6][14]


The Saints, as the athletics teams of Santa Teresa High School are known,[15] compete in CIF Central Coast Section's Blossom Valley Athletic League. From 1974 through Winter 2011, the Saints have won a combined 55 CCS championships.[16] Additionally, Santa Teresa was home to two California state champions: the 1985 Girls 800-meter (Kristen Dowell)[17] and the 1990 boys 800-meter (Craig Magness) runs.[18] Santa Teresa has historical rivalries with Oak Grove High School and Leland High School.[15]

Soccer is a prominent sport for the school and the girls' team has been nationally ranked.[19] Between 1987 and 1991, former student-athlete Keri Sanchez lettered in five different sports for the Saints and appeared for the United States women's national soccer team as a senior.[20] She was named the San Jose Mercury News soccer player of the year in 1991 and the High School Athlete of the Decade for the 1980s.[15][20][21] Paul Bravo is also a former player for the Saints.[22] Santa Teresa's ladies soccer team has won Central Coast Section (CCS) championships in 1987, 1991, 2000, 2001, and co-champions with Woodside in 2013. They also made appearances in the CCS finals 2002, 2003 and 2005.

The boys basketball team won the CCS title in 2011.

Several football players made it to the NFL including Rich Campbell, Joe Nedney and Craig Whelihan. The most successful season for the team was 1987, when they lost to Live Oak High School in the CCS Championship final.

Sports offered[edit]

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for East Side Union High". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Search for Public Schools - Santa Teresa High (061182001308)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Santa Teresa High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "2015-16 School Accountability Report Card" (PDF). East Side Union High School District. 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "California School Directory Santa Teresa High". California Department of Education. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Santa Teresa High School 2015–16 School Accountability Report Card Published During the 2016–17 School Year" (PDF). East Side Union High School District. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "SANTA TERESA FOOTHILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION Neighborhood Newsletter" (PDF). May 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Phoenix High School 2015–16 School Accountability Report Card Published During the 2016–17 School Year" (PDF). East Side Union High School District. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "Magnet Program". East Side Union High School District. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Santa Teresa High". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "'16–'17 Official Clubs". Santa Teresa High School. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  12. ^ "History of STPTO and what STPTO does..." Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  13. ^ "Santa Teresa Music and Arts Association About Us". Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  14. ^ "STABC About Us". Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  15. ^ a b c Knight, Dennis (October 14, 2008). "History Class". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  16. ^ "Compilation of Team and Individual Titles Since CCS Post-Season Competition Began". CIF Central Coast Section. Winter 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  17. ^ Howard-Cooper, Scott (April 5, 1986). "2 Keys for Locke : Vincent Thompson, a Senior Transfer, and Kim McAllister, a Freshman, Have Coach Lee Thinking More Optimistically". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  18. ^ "Historical Record of CCS Schools who have been State Champions". CIF Central Coast Section. Winter 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  19. ^ Stephens, Mitch (February 14, 2003). "Santa Teresa soccer standout stays focused on her goals". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  20. ^ a b "Keri Sanchez Santa Teresa, Class of 1991 — Inducted in 2012". Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  21. ^ "CMS Women's Soccer Coach Keri Sanchez inducted into San Jose Sports Hall of Fame". Claremont McKenna College. December 3, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  22. ^ Knapp, Gwen (May 30, 1996). "Bravo is best-suited for soccer". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 23, 2017.

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