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 Dorene Basuino
Faculty 50
Number of students 1,249
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Black      and Gold     
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 serving 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.


Entrance to the high school
White Hispanic Asian Filipino African American Pacific Islander American Indian Two or More Races
610 290 500 38 25 4 125


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.

As of 2011, Terra Nova has an API score of 801, the 6th highest in San Mateo County.[citation needed]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Terra Nova has an award-winning marching band, which won 1st place in their division at the Foothill Band Review in 2007 and again in 2009. The marching band also received the Sweepstakes award at the 2008 and 2009 Fog Fests Terra Nova's student-run newspaper is the Terra Nova Times and has also 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 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, and numerous teams go to CCS and PAL championships yearly. The 1982 football team had a final ranking of 3rd in the state of California for Division 3 football. The team ended with an 11-1 record. Baseball has sent several player's to the Majors, Greg Reynolds. Keith Hernandez (1st Base, Golden Glove many time, All Stars and hitting champ for several years) and Bob McClure (pitcher) also made it to the Majors in Baseball. Keith grew up in Linda Mar until the 10th grade. He attended Terra Nova as a freshman, graduating from nearby Capuchino High School in San Bruno in 1971. Bob attended Terra Nova all 4 years, graduating in 1970.

In addition to sports, the drama department performs both a spring and fall production.

Rob Schneider

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Royals' coach McClure pride of County baseball, Oakland Tribune, August 22, 2007. "McClure and Hernandez played together at Terra Nova High before Hernandez transferred to Capuchino."

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