University City High School (San Diego)

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University City High School
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6949 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, California 92122
United States
Coordinates 32°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
Type Public
Motto Carpe diem
(Seize the day)
Established 1981
School district San Diego Unified School District
Principal Jeff Olivero
Vice-principals Jo McGlin
Michael Paredes[1]
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 1,829[2] (2013)
Color(s) Columbia blue, navy blue, and white
Athletics conference CIF San Diego Section
City League
Team name Centurions

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.[3] 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.[2]

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:[2] 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, French Language, 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, like breakdancing and freestyle dance.[citation needed]


  • UCHS Badminton - CIF Champion: 2015
  • UCHS Boys' Varsity Soccer - CIF Champions: 2004, 2005, 2011, 2013
  • 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

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

Fall sports[edit]

Winter sports[edit]

Spring sports[edit]

Music department[edit]

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]


  • Anne Bolton - principal, 1992-1999
  • Ernie Smith - principal, 2000-2007
  • Mike Price - principal, 2007-2010
  • Jeff Olivero - principal, 2010-present


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