Sequoia High School (Redwood City, California)

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Sequoia High School
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1201 Brewster Avenue


Coordinates37°29′04″N 122°14′15″W / 37.4845761°N 122.2374441°W / 37.4845761; -122.2374441[1]Coordinates: 37°29′04″N 122°14′15″W / 37.4845761°N 122.2374441°W / 37.4845761; -122.2374441[1]
School districtSequoia Union High School District
SuperintendentJames Lianides
NCES School ID063639006198[2]
PrincipalSean Priest
Teaching staff110.27 (FTE)[3]
Grades9th-12th grade
Age range14-19
Number of students2,133 (2017–18)[3]
Student to teacher ratio19.34[3]
Color(s)         Purple and White
SloganUNALIYI: Place of Friends
Fight songGo Get 'em Cherokees
Team nameRavens
NewspaperThe Raven Report [5]
Sequoia Union High School
Sequoia High School (Redwood City, California) is located in San Francisco Bay Area
Sequoia High School (Redwood City, California)
Sequoia High School (Redwood City, California) is located in California
Sequoia High School (Redwood City, California)
Sequoia High School (Redwood City, California) is located in the United States
Sequoia High School (Redwood City, California)
Area35 acres (14 ha)
Built1923; 97 years ago (1923)
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Revival
NRHP reference #95000389[6]
Added to NRHPApril 7, 1995

Sequoia High School was established in 1895 and is a high school in downtown Redwood City, California, United States. Today, it is one of the few schools to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme within the San Francisco Bay Area.


Sequoia High School is part of the Sequoia Union High School District.

The school grounds include a Japanese tea garden which was built in 1929 by students,[7] and it includes a number of historical trees; the Giant Sequoia, Monkey-puzzle tree, Australian Tea tree, Ginkgo biloba trees, Cork Oak tree and many others.


Established in 1895, it is the oldest high school in San Mateo County, and was founded as a preparatory school for Stanford University.[8][9] When the school was founded, it was the only high school on the Peninsula, between San Francisco and Santa Clara.[7] Initially when opening, the school occupied the third floor of the Redwood City Grammar School, with the two lower floors of the building for elementary and middle school students.[10]

The present-day campus is located on the grounds of the former estate of Horace Hawes, author of the legislative bill that created San Mateo County.[8] The present day campus was constructed in the 1920s and opened in 1924, in a Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style.[11] The original campus buildings were designed by architects Coffey and Werner.[7] The Argo Bell Tower campanile was built in 1923, and named after the former principal (from 1921 to 1948) Clarence Argo.[11] Carrington Hall , the school auditorium was named after a former music and art teacher at the school, Otis M. Carrington.[7]

The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district in 1995, under its former name Sequoia Union High School.[6]

On September 13, 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited Sequoia High School to sign bill California Senate Bill 35, which prohibits persons who are under the age of 18 years from using a wireless telephone or other mobile service device while operating a motor vehicle.[12]

Team Names and Mascot[edit]

In the early 1900s, the teams were named Cherokee, in honor of the creator of the Cherokee language Sequoyah. In 2002 the mascot was changed to be a raven, but the team names remained Cherokee. In 2019, the school board forced the final name change, changing both the mascot and the team names to be the ravens.

Specialized programs[edit]

Business/Information Technology Program[edit]

Sequoia's Business/Information Technology program consists of core business and technology courses designed to prepare students for exciting careers in business and information technology. These courses are available to all students and may be combined so that the program matches students' interests and goals. Business/IT provides students with advanced training that can lead toward industry recognized certification and community college credit. The program also provides students with marketable skills that can be applied immediately in the high tech workforce or built upon through higher education.

Digital Arts Academy[edit]

The Academy is a small school-within-a-school at Sequoia High School. The program is a School to Career Partnership Academy funded through a grant from the State of California that is matched by the district and industry partners. This grant is used to keep class sizes small, infuse curriculum with technology, provide extra support to students, and support hands on learning. Teachers in the Academy have time to meet and collaborate. This gives them the opportunity to plan cross-curricular technology rich projects to enhance learning. It also gives teachers an opportunity to identify students who need an extra push to take themselves to the next level and pool our resources to push them. The Academy provides a rigorous academic experience that focuses on helping students complete the A-G requirements to transfer to a four-year university. Students take four classes per year within the Academy: English, Science, Social Studies, and a Technology elective. The elective varies each year depending on the student's pathway. Students have the opportunity to enroll in an SAT preparation course at no cost. Students can earn college credit through Cañada College for all technology classes in the Academy.[13]

Personalized Learning Communities (PLC)[edit]

Personalized Learning Communities at Sequoia High School provide a more personalized atmosphere for students and to ensure that all students receive the education they need. The movement toward personalized learning communities at Sequoia began in 2002. A team of teachers, administrators, and parents looked at three possible models for a house system. The Sequoia community ultimately chose the horizontal model, which is the model in place today. A team visited Nathan Hale High School, a school in Washington State that had already implemented the horizontal house system. They came back to Sequoia with observations, ideas, resources, and inspiration. During the 2003-2004 school year, the 9th grade houses task force met monthly at first, and gradually increased meeting time to almost weekly in order to plan everything necessary to implement 9th grade houses in the fall of 2004.

International Baccalaureate Programme (IB)[edit]

Sequoia High School began offering the International Baccalaureate Programme in February 2002.[14] The IB Programme is available to all students beginning their freshman year. The students are placed in ICAP classes their freshman and sophomore years before they enter IB classes as a junior and senior. Sequoia High School includes a wide range of classes for the students from English, History, Arts, Sciences, and Languages. The students are able to choose if they want to partake in the full IB Diploma which includes taking a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class, an Extended Essay (EE) and doing Creative Active and Service (CAS) hours. For those who do not wish to participate in the IB diploma, the students can take the IB classes for certificates, if they pass the IB test. The International Baccalaureate Programme allows the students a wide range of opportunities because the course is worldwide. It prepares them for college as the course is rigorous, but helps each student adapt to the work load. At the end of the last year, similar to the AP test, the students take IB tests which go on throughout the month of May.




  • 2,143 students: 1,096 Male (51.1%), 1,047 Female (48.9%)
Hispanic White Asian Two or More Races Pacific Islander Filipino African American American Indian Not Reported
1,273 629 66 62 47 32 28 5 1
59.4% 29.4% 3.1% 2.9% 2.2% 1.5% 1.3% 0.2% 0%

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT Scores for 2014–2015 [16]
Critical Reading Average Math Average Writing Average
Sequoia High 510 536 526
District 544 563 544
Statewide 489 500 484
2013 Academic Performance Index
2009 Base API [17] 2013 Growth API [18] Growth in the API from 2009 to 2013
740 801 61

Notable alumni[edit]


Arts and entertainment[edit]



Scholar and education[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sequoia High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 19 January 1981. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Search for Public Schools - Sequoia High (063639006198)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Sequoia High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Sequoia High replaces Cherokee mascot with raven". The Daily Post. April 19, 2019.
  5. ^ <Newspaper section
  6. ^ a b "National Register Information System – (#95000389)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d "Historical Blog Series: Sequoia High School". Redwood City History. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  8. ^ a b "Historical Blog Series: Sequoia High School". Redwood City VOICE. City of Redwood City. 2016-07-18. Retrieved 2018-04-06 – via Medium.
  9. ^ "Timeline". Redwood City History. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  10. ^ Veronico, Nicholas A.; Veronico, Betty S.; McGovern, Reg; McGovern, Janet (2010). Redwood City, Then and Now. Google Books: Arcadia Publishing. p. 82. ISBN 0738580384.
  11. ^ a b McGovern, Janet; Veronico, Betty S.; Veronico, Nicholas A. (2008). Redwood City, Images of America. Arcadia Publishing. p. 84. ISBN 0738559245.
  12. ^ "Schwarzenegger to sign bill at Sequoia high school". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  13. ^ Hood, Robert (2008-04-01). "Unique Partnership Helps Sequoia High School Students Learn About Video Game Art And Prepares Them To Transfer To A University". Cañada College. Archived from the original on 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  14. ^ "Sequoia High School". International Baccalaureate®. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  15. ^ "Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2015-16: Sequoia High School". California Department of Education. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  16. ^ "SAT Report - 2014-15 District Level Scores". California Department of Education. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  17. ^ "2009 Base API School Report - Sequoia High". California Department of Education Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division.
  18. ^ "2013 Growth API School Report - Sequoia High". California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement, & Accountability Reporting Division.
  19. ^ "Sequoia High spotlight: Beban remains UCLA's lone Heisman Trophy winner". The Mercury News. 2015-09-02. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  20. ^ "Peninsula Hall of Famers Nyberg, Woods Bury Hatchet". San Mateo, CA Patch. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
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  22. ^ "Dick Sharon Baseball Stats". Baseball Almanac, Inc. 2018-02-23. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  23. ^ "6th ANNUAL PICNIC – ANOTHER GREAT YEAR!" (PDF). Sequoia High School Alumni Association. 2012.
  24. ^ "Plaque commemorating Bob Svihus". The San Mateo County Historical Association Online Collections Database. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  25. ^ a b c d Bishop, Shaun (2009-03-27). "Sequoia High School alumni inducted into Hall of Fame". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  26. ^ "Lydia Pense: hot sounds with Cold Blood". The Mercury News. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2017-06-29. In 1963, while at Sequoia High School, she joined her first band, The Dimensions." "“That was, like, ’66. I’d just graduated from high school. So you can do the math,” Pense says
  27. ^ Michelle Durand (April 10, 2013). "Former Redwood City mayor, congressman dies". The Daily Journal. Archived from the original on June 19, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013.

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