Terra Nova High School (California)

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Terra Nova High School
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1450 Terra Nova Boulevard
Pacifica, California 94044
Type Public high school
Established 1961
School district Jefferson Union High School District
Principal Megan Carey
Faculty 47
Number of students 1,079
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Black      and yellow     
Team name Tigers
Rival Half Moon Bay High School

Terra Nova High School is an American public high school in Pacifica in San Mateo County, California, United States. It serves grades 9 through 12 as part of the Jefferson Union High School District.


Terra Nova High School was established in 1961 to serve the growing population in the Linda Mar district of southern Pacifica. Students attended from Vallemar, Rockaway Beach, Mori Point, Fairway, Sharp Park and Pacific Manor districts until Oceana High School was completed the following year.


The original buildings and campus were designed by Mark Falk & Corwin Booth (of Falk & Booth). The main building originally had only two stories when the school opened in 1961. Portables were added to the rear of the school campus to accommodate the increase in students and need for more classrooms. A major facilities remodel was completed in 1998, and construction of a 400+ seat theater and a new science building began in early 2010 and was completed by 2012.

Entrance to the high school


White Latino Asian African American Pacific Islander American Indian Two or more races
38% 32% 12% 2% 3% 0.3% 13%

According to US News and World Report, 62% of Terra Nova's student body is "of color," with 17% of the student body coming from economically disadvantaged households, determined by student eligibility for California's Reduced-price meal program. [1]



Terra Nova offers Advanced Placement courses in US History, European History, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, US Government, Language and Composition, Literature, Studio Art, Music Theory, and Calculus AB.

Standardized testing[edit]

In 2011, Terra Nova scored an API of 801, the sixth highest in San Mateo County. By 2013, the last year on record, the school had scored 792, the second highest in the Jefferson Union school district. [2]

SAT Scores for 2013–2014 [3]
Critical Reading average Math average Writing average
Terra Nova High School 538 553 524
Jefferson Union District 503 536 500
San Mateo County 546 576 548
Statewide 492 506 489

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Terra Nova has an award-winning marching band, which won first place in their division at the Foothill Band Review in 2007 and 2009. The marching band received the Sweepstakes award at the 2008 and 2009 Fog Fests. Most recently the marching band won 2nd place at the 2016 Napa Championships.

The Terra Nova drama department performs spring and fall productions, often produced in conjunction with directors from the local theatre company, the Pacifica Spindrift Players.

The school's student-run newspaper is the Terra Nova Times and has won awards from the Peninsula Press Club.

Terra Nova has had a team on the Bay Area's Quiz Kids show since the show's debut.

Terra Nova also offers a wide variety of sports, including football, baseball, cheer leading, badminton, cross country, tennis, track and field, water polo, swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and wrestling. Numerous teams go to CCS and PAL championships yearly. The 1982 football team had a final ranking of third in the state of California for Division 3 football. The team ended with an 11-1 record.

Baseball has sent several players to the Majors, including Greg Reynolds, Bob McClure, and Keith Hernandez (11-time 1st Base Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, Major League Baseball All-Star Game player, and hitting champ for several years).

Rob Schneider

Notable alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 37°35′39″N 122°28′30″W / 37.594244°N 122.474974°W / 37.594244; -122.474974