South San Francisco High School

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South San Francisco High School
400 B Street, South San Francisco, California
United States 94080
Type Public secondary
Motto "Warrior State Of Mind"
Established 1913
Principal Cynthia Rapaido
Faculty 71[1] (2005-2006)
Number of students 1,403 (2014-15)[2]
Campus Suburban
Color(s)          Blue, White
Mascot Warriors

South San Francisco High School, known colloquially as "South City High", is an American public high school located in South San Francisco, California which serves grades 9-12 as part of the South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD).


South San Francisco High School is composed of six main buildings, campus wings. Two additional wings contain portable classrooms for language and math classes. The "S" wing contains the woods, auto, ceramics, and art shops. The auditorium is located to the right of the main entrance with the cafeteria next to it. The "M" wing contains the broadcasting station and the band room. The video broadcasting class provides live segments daily through the schools cable network and online.

South San Francisco High School operates under a closed campus policy, prohibiting leaving the campus for lunch or meeting visitors and students during school hours. The district offices for the SSFUSD are located on the school campus at the main entrance.

Main entrance to South San Francisco High School.
South San Francisco High School's electronic billboard along El Camino Real.


White Latino Asian African American Pacific Islander American Indian Two or More Races
6% 52% 17% 2% 3% 0.1% 21%

According to US News and World Report, 94% of South San Francisco's student body is "of color," with 28% of the student body coming from an economically disadvantaged household, determined by student eligibility for California's Reduced-price meal program.[3]


South San Francisco High School offers a variety of sports, including cheerleading, American football, badminton, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling and cross country. In 1980 the varsity football team defeated North Monterey Co. HS, 17-7, to win the Central Coast Section Championship. Former head coach Frank Moro also played a key role in winning the CCS championship for the Warriors.[4] In 1973, the sophomore football team went undefeated and unscored upon. This is a record that has never been matched by another team. The team, coached by Sam Bonanno, Joe Schroder and Jim Orlich also won the NPL Championship.

Extra curricular activities[edit]

For many years, students have had the opportunity to join many clubs and activities, such as the ASB or Leadership, The Hermanos Club, Drama Club/Thespians Troupe, Journalism (which produces the school newspaper, the Warrior), Chess Club, Mock Trial, California Scholarship Federation, and the GSA.

A tradition that is upheld at South San Francisco High School is with the football team. In the Fall, during the football season, students await an event called The Bell Game. The Bell Game is an annual tradition where South San Francisco High School plays against their rival, El Camino High School. Most of the student body at South City, as well as the rest of the community, attend the football game. The student governments from both schools set up decorations and help show school spirit at the game. The bands from both schools also compete to be the louder band in a friendly competition. In the end, the school that wins the football game wins the trophy, also known as "The Bell." The 2011 Bell Game was the 50th.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Educational Demographics Unit: Teachers". California Department of Education. August 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  2. ^ "South San Francisco High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ [1] Archived 2011-02-18 at the Wayback Machine.

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Coordinates: 37°38′52″N 122°25′35″W / 37.647828°N 122.426287°W / 37.647828; -122.426287