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Jefferson High School (Daly City, California)

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Type  Public high school
Principal  Jason Brockmeyer
Number of students  1,115
Mascot  Grizzlies
Colors  Blue, Gold
Established  1922
Faculty  51
Campus  Urban
Total enrollment  1,300 (2007)

Address  6996 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014, USA
District  Jefferson Union High School District

Jefferson High School is an American public high school in Daly City, California, United States, and was the first school in the Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD). Jefferson serves Daly City, Brisbane, Pacifica, and Colma.



Daly City residents who formerly had to send their children to San Francisco high schools because of a lack of a local alternative voted into existence the Jefferson Union High School District in 1922. This resulted in the formation of Jefferson High School.


Jefferson High School (JHS) opened in 1922 to its first 50 students using the old Jefferson Hall (previously Jefferson Elementary School) near San Pedro Road and Hill Street. Recognizing the need for a more suitable campus to accommodate the rapidly expanding student body, JUHSD residents voted to build a new campus at the current location in 1923.

The first building was finished in 1925. Subsequently, this building was demolished and replaced in 1963.

In 2000, alumnus John Madden donated the lighting for the campus football field. They are named "Madden Lights" in his honor.

In 2005, Jefferson began a project to renovate and remodel the campus.


According to US News and World Report, 98% of Jefferson's student body is "of color," with 54% of the student body coming from an economically disadvantaged household, determined by student eligibility for California's Reduced-price meal program.


Jefferson offers Advanced Placement courses in US History, Chemistry, Spanish Language and Culture, US Government, Language and Composition, Literature, Studio Art, and Calculus AB.

Co-curricular clubs

The following co-curricular clubs are hosted at Jefferson High School to complement the regular school curriculum:

Student clubs

GSA Key Club Latino Heritage Gaming Club Skateboarding Club Gardening Club Environmental Pacific Islanders Fil-Am Robotics Mock Trial Fashion Club Anime Club Art Club M.E.S.A. P.A.S.E.O Future A.S.A.P ASB


The Tom-Tom is Jefferson's student newspaper. It is published quarterly, usually in November, February, April and June. It includes full color on the front, back and center-spread pages. The sections include news, opinion, sports, features, health, technology, and arts and entertainment.

The newspaper regularly participates in and has received awards in local (Peninsula Press Club), state (Journalism Education Association of Northern California) and national (Journalism Education Association/NSPA) conferences and competitions.

The newspaper is written and edited by students in the Journalism I, II and III courses, which is designed to focus on advanced writing skills for students who wish to either pursue a career in journalism or to build upon their existing skills.

In direct alignment with Jefferson High School’s determination to create a more literate and literature-loving community, this course encourages students to write and voice their opinions, and spurs others to read by producing a quality newspaper. The mission of the Tom-Tom is to inform, educate and entertain the readers — students, teachers, parents, members of the community — about issues that affect the students as well as the citizens of Daly City and the nation.


Jefferson provides the following sports programs depending on the season:

  • Fall/Winter: football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, cheerleading, cross country running
  • Spring: badminton, baseball, softball, swimming, track
  • Notable alumni

  • Tony Compagno, NFL player
  • E. Floyd Kvamme, 1955. Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Co-chair, President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
  • John Madden, 1954. NFL Hall of Fame coach, player, commentator.
  • Don Mossi, 1929. MLB All-Star 1957 Cleveland Indians
  • Edwin Mulitalo, 1992. NFL player, Super Bowl XXXV Champion-Baltimore Ravens
  • Ken Reitz, 1969. MLB player.
  • Richard Rodgers, 1980. University of California Berkeley player, only player to handle the ball twice during The Play in the 1982 Big Game between Cal and Stanford
  • John A. Sanbrailo, 1961, Executive Director Pan American Development Foundation an affiliate of the Organization of American States(1999-2017) and one of the highest ranking Senior Foreign Service Officers (Career Minister) in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 1969-1997.
  • References

    Jefferson High School (Daly City, California) Wikipedia