University City High School (San Diego)

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University High School
University City High School in San Diego 03.jpg
Stadium entrance
6949 Genesee Avenue


Coordinates32°51′38.80″N 117°12′13.22″W / 32.8607778°N 117.2036722°W / 32.8607778; -117.2036722Coordinates: 32°51′38.80″N 117°12′13.22″W / 32.8607778°N 117.2036722°W / 32.8607778; -117.2036722
MottoCarpe diem
(Seize the day)
School districtSan Diego Unified School District
PrincipalMichael Paredes
Enrollment1,799 (2019–20)[1]
Color(s)Columbia blue, navy blue, and white
Athletics conferenceCIF San Diego Section
City League
Team nameCenturions

University City High School (UCHS) is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in the University City section of San Diego, California, United States. It is part of the San Diego Unified School District.[2] The school opened in September 1981. The school was ranked 222nd in 2008 and 297th in 2009 on Newsweek's list of Best U.S. Public High Schools.[citation needed] In 2013, The Washington Post ranked the school as the 602nd most challenging high school in America.[3]

Academic assessment[edit]

UCHS offers a wide range of instructional programs. The Advanced Placement Program, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program, the seminar program, and the special education program address the needs of identified students. UCHS students have the opportunity to take visual and performing arts courses and practical arts courses.[4]

The school offers 15 AP classes:[3] Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics C, Statistics, US Government, US History, World History, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Art History, Studio Art, Psychology, and Spanish Language. The school also participates in the Accelerated College Program with San Diego Mesa College to offer Calculus, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, and Political Science. These classes are taught by Mesa College professors on the University City High School campus. The school also provides some performance programs, such as breakdancing and freestyle dance.[citation needed]


  • UCHS Badminton - CIF Champions: 2005, 2015, 2017
  • UCHS Boys' Varsity Soccer - CIF Champions: 2004, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2017
  • UCHS Boys' Varsity Soccer - 2011: State semi-finalists
  • UCHS Boys' Varsity Basketball - 2011: Centurions 1st Division III CIF
  • UCHS Girls' Varsity Softball - 2011, 2010, 2009 CIF Champions
  • UCHS Boys' Varsity Track and Field - 2011 CIF Champions
  • UCHS Girls’ Varsity Track and Field - 2019 CIF Champions
  • UCHS Baseball - 2007 CIF Champions

University City High School offers sports programs for student-athletes.

Fall sports[edit]

Winter sports[edit]

Spring sports[edit]

Music department[edit]

SCSBOA state finalists since 2015, with a silver medal in both 2017 and 2018 in the 2A division. Received the gold medal at 2A division championships in 2019, following an undefeated season.

Logos and school colors[edit]

The color palette of the school, as well as their three primary logos, the UC Script, the Centurion, and the UC block logo, are given below. The block logo is used as the "Varsity Letter" style for all varsity letter-earning athletes.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "University City High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  2. ^ .
  3. ^ a b "University City". The Washington Post. America's Most Challenging High Schools. 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  4. ^ "School Profile / Overview". Archived from the original on 2011-09-13.
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  6. ^ "San Diego Homegrown Series: Rhett Bernstein - Soccer Nation". 24 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Brock Back on Course for Stardom at Oregon". Los Angeles Times. 25 September 1987. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  8. ^ "University City Coach Jennifer Gross Named SDSU Women's Basketball Assistant". SDSU Athletics. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  9. ^ Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine USC Bio

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