Sir Francis Drake High School

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Sir Francis Drake High School
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1327 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
San Anselmo, California 94960
School type Public, comprehensive high school
Founded 1951
School district Tamalpais Union High School District
Oversight Western Association of Schools and Colleges,
Accrediting Commission for Schools
Superintendent David Yoshihara
School number CEEB Code: 052770
Principal Liz Seabury
Assistant Principals
  • Chad Stuart
  • Larry Pratt
Staff 142
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1030 (2015-16)
 • Grade 9 272 (2014-2015)
 • Grade 10 265 (2014-2015)
 • Grade 11 242 (2014-2015)
 • Grade 12 204 (2014-2015)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Area Upper Ross Valley and San Geronimo Valley, Marin County
Color(s) Green and White and Black
Mascot Petey the Pirate
Team name Pirates
Communities served Fairfax, Forest Knolls, Lagunitas, Nicasio, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, and Woodacre
Feeder schools Lagunitas School District
Nicasio School District
Ross Valley School District

Sir Francis Drake High School is a secondary school located in San Anselmo, California. It is named after the English privateer and naval hero Sir Francis Drake, who purportedly landed in the area in 1579. The school's mascot is a pirate named Petey.

The school was established in 1951 as the second high school in the Tamalpais Union High School District. It is located at 1327 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, situated on a 21-acre (85,000 m²) campus bordered by two creeks. The site was formerly known as Cordone Gardens.[2]

Approximately 99% of Drake’s 2015 students graduated.[3]


Sir Francis Drake high school was founded in 1951 in San Anselmo, California, providing schooling for students from Fairfax, Forest Knolls, Lagunitas, San Geronimo, Woodacre, San Anselmo, and Nicasio grades 9–12. This was the second high school to be introduced into the Tamalpais Union High School District, the first being Tamalpais High School.[2] Until 1958, Sir Francis Drake High School served other towns of Marin that are now served by Redwood High School, including Corte Madera, Ross, Larkspur, Greenbrae, and Kentfield.[2]

Between 1992 and 1995, Drake High School started a new program of small learning communities due to the poor performance of students, which was affecting the perception of the school.[4] Drake has received two state grants for these programs; one in 1996–1997 and the other being in 2000.[2] Since then, there have been four Freshman–Sophomore Academies and two Junior–Senior Academies.[5]

In 2012, Drake implemented a new technology program called "Echo". Its goal was to encourage communication, collaboration, and improve teacher practices.[6] ECHO is active in two of the four Freshmen-Sophomore academies: Trek[7] and Galileo.[8]

School Awards[edit]

Drake High School has received many awards for its academic success through the 90's.

In 1990 was Designated as a Next Century School by RJR Nabisco Foundation for its "entrepreneurship in education."[2][9] Drake was one of the thirty school to receive this award.

In 1999 Drake High School was designated as a California Distinguished School.[2][10]

In 2003 Drake was the first high school to be recognized has a Bay Area Green Business School for its environmental awareness around campus.[2][11]


Drake's two academies, Galileo and Trek, have now merged into The Learning Collaborative, one of the less great programs Drake offers.


Trek is a Freshman-Sophomore academy that runs off New Tech: Echo. Originally a 9th grade only program, since 2014 is now a 9th-10th grade program.[7] Trek is a group project focused academy which teaches based on 5 learning outcomes: Collaboration, Agency, Oral Communication, Written Communication, and Knowledge and Thinking Skills.[7]


Galileo is a Freshman-Sophomore academy that runs off New Tech: Echo. Like Trek, Galileo is a group project focused academy that works off of similar learning outcomes based on the "Common Core".[8]


ROCK was started in 1992, making it the first academy.[12] ROCK is a Freshman-Sophomore academy which has an focus on the arts. ROCK focuses on four large group projects a year that helps to nurture an environment for writers, artist, scientist, and problem solvers.[12] ROCK is one of the most difficult frosh-soph programs, but is highly regarded for the community it creates.


Mobius was a 9th-10th program until 2014, when it became a Sophomore only program, only to go back to being a Freshmen-Sophomore in 2015. Mobius is a group project based learning academy which focuses on Leadership, Community, and Critical Thinking while answering the overall question "How do we know what we know?"[13]


Sea-Disc is a Junior-Senior academy with a focus on group project revolving around environmental education and protection.[14] The program focuses on giving students hands-on experience taking care of the environment with laboratory experiments and Field Trips, helping students to make a difference. Students also are asked political and environmental questions without a defined answers and have to find an answer.[15]


The Communications Academy of Sir Francis Drake High School is an inter-disciplinary two year program of English, Economics and Digital Communications.[16]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


In 1982 both the boys and girls basketball teams took the state division II title. The boys basketball team returned to the states championship in 2014 but lost.[2]

Jolly Roger[edit]

The school newspaper, the Jolly Roger is published almost every month. The 1986-87 edition was a winner of Columbia University’s Silver Crown Award for high school newspapers in 1988.[17] The Jolly Roger has been a regular recipient of the Medalist rating, given to the top 5% among high school newspapers in its class in United States.

Mountain Biking Club[edit]

The school's NICA NorCal League mountain bike team is notable for being one of the first in the nation and has won numerous regional and statewide competitions.[18] The team is nine time NorCal League champions (2004, 2006, 2009-2015) and five time California State champions (2009-2012, 2015),[19] being beaten by Redwood High School in 2013 and 2014[20]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sir Francis Drake High School
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "History of Drake - DHS Handbook / History of Drake - DHS Handbook". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Sir Francis Drake High School - San Anselmo, California - CA - School quality". Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  4. ^ Small Learning Communities: A Documentary, DHS Trek, December 15, 2014, retrieved 2015-06-27 
  5. ^ "Academies / Academies Homepage". Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  6. ^ "About / Drake ECHO Information". Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  7. ^ a b c "TREK". TREK. Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  8. ^ a b "Galileo / Introduction". Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  9. ^ "Nabisco Awards $9.7 Million in Grants to 15 Schools". The New York Times. 1991-04-17. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
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  11. ^ "ABAG Green Business Program". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
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  13. ^ "Mobius / What is Mobius?". Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  14. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  15. ^ "What is SEA-DISC?". Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  16. ^ "Communications Academy | Making media that matters". Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  17. ^ Columbia Scholastic Press Association, 1988 Scholastic Crown Recipients, accessed March 14, 2007 Archived December 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "About Drake MTB « Drake MTB Online". Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  19. ^ "Drake MTB Online". Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  20. ^ "Welcome to Drake MTB!". Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  21. ^ Michael Taylor, San Francisco Chronicle, May 17, 2008, "'60s activist Michael Rossman dies in Berkeley", accessed May 24, 2008. Archived January 1, 1970, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ "Thinking really small". Nanotechnology Now. 2006-04-17. Retrieved July 11, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Joel Blum - IBDB database". 
  24. ^ "Doug Johnson". Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  25. ^ "2012 Nomination List". Archived from the original on June 15, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 

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