The Bay School of San Francisco

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The Bay School of San Francisco
The Bay School logo.jpg
35 Keyes Ave.
San Francisco, California

United States
Coordinates 37°48′02″N 122°27′21″W / 37.80045°N 122.45597°W / 37.80045; -122.45597
Type Private
Established 2004
Head of school Luke Felker
Faculty 38
Grades 9-12
Number of students 355
Color(s) Blue, white
Athletics Soccer, volleyball, baseball, lacrosse, softball, basketball, golf, cross-country, track, rock climbing, sailing, tennis
Mascot Billy the Breaker

The Bay School of San Francisco is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory high school that opened in 2004. The school moved into its current location in the Presidio of San Francisco in 2005.


In 1992, Malcolm Manson, a former headmaster of Marin Country Day School and the Cathedral School for Boys, conceived of the idea of a new high school. In 1996, the school became incorporated.[1]

The school opened in 2004; at that time, a single class of freshmen made up the student body. During the first school year, students attended classes in a temporary building, a "long, majestic white building on Schofield Road facing the bay".[1] In August 2005, the school moved to its current (permanent) location on 35 Keyes Avenue.


The Bay School of San Francisco is housed at 35 Keyes Avenue.[2] The building, Building 35, was constructed in 1912, to initially be used as cavalry barracks, and later as bakers and cooks barracks, before becoming the headquarters for the U.S. IX Corps, which was responsible for all U.S. Army facilities within the Western United States. After major renovation, Building 35 reopened as The Bay School's new campus in August 2005.[3]

The building contains 62,000 square feet (5,800 m2) of space. Among other things, it houses a 3,000-square-foot (300 m2) library/media center and 4,500-square-foot (420 m2) student center on the ground floor. There are 21 classrooms on the second and third floors.


The 2015-2016 academic year sees the student body grow to 355 9th-, 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grade students.[4] Students come not only from San Francisco, but also from other parts of the Bay Area, including Marin County, the Peninsula, and the East Bay.

Curriculum and activities[edit]

With core values including diversity, equity and inclusion, the Bay School offers a college preparatory curriculum. Bay offers a comprehensive 4-year program in Mandarin Chinese.

Students are given Hewlett-Packard laptops as part of a one-to-one laptop program; each student keeps that same laptop computer for all four years.

Bay seniors take part in the Senior Signature Project Program which requires a minimum of 65 hours of field work in a topic of their choice, and a formal presentation and/or paper at the end of the project. [5]

The school fields teams in boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, volleyball, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls golf, baseball, softball, and lacrosse. In addition, activities such as yoga, dance, martial arts, rock climbing at Planet Granite, physical conditioning and sailing are offered.


  1. ^ a b Millard, Max. "Presidio's new Bay School welcomes first freshman class", Marina Times, September, 2004. Accessed April 7, 2008.
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  3. ^ "The Bay School Campus at 35 Keyes Avenue". The Bay School. Accessed April 8, 2008.
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  5. ^ "Senior Projects & Field-Based Learning". The Bay School. Accessed April 8, 2008.

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