San Marino High School (SMHS) is a public high school in San Marino, California, United States, and the only high school in the San Marino Unified School District, Los Angeles County. According to the 2015 California Academic Performance Index Survey, the district is the 52 highest-performing school in California, with a score of 932 points out of 1,000 possible.
San Marino High School's state Academic Performance Index (API) is 932 out of a possible 1000 points, as determined by the California Department of Education
The school's yearbook, Titanian, has been nationally recognized with the National Pacemaker Award (2011, 2012, 2015) from the National Scholastic Press Association and the Gold Crown Award (2013) from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
San Marino High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2006 and a Gold Medal school by U.S. News and World Report, ranking in the 80s in the nation (December 2007). San Marino High School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through the Focus on Learning process.
California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) has once again named San Marino High to its Honor Roll for 2008 in the “Scholar Schools” category. This category recognizes schools for academic excellence, regardless of demographics or any other factor.
In 2009, the school was among 261 named California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education (CDE).
Music by Oscar Rasbach'Neath the blue majestic mountains,
Fine and strong she proudly stands.
San Marino Alma Mater,
We pledge our hearts and hands.
Symbol of a higher purpose,
Blue and white her banners fly.
Long may voices praise her glory,
Hail, Hail, Hail.
Long may voices praise her glory,
San Marino High!
Words by Cheryl Foote '57
San Marino High School was founded in 1952 after 50 years of utilizing South Pasadena High School in nearby South Pasadena. The high school is situated on the former site of Carver Elementary School. School reconstruction began in 1996 and is now complete. The school is equipped with newer laboratories, classrooms, and ethernet connections, supported mostly by bond issues and rigorous fund-raising by the San Marino Schools Endowment. The new buildings include a brand new cafeteria, orchestra and band room, dance studio, journalism lab, and renovated auditoriums, as well as a renovated baseball field and a brand new football field/track.
San Marino High School is part of the San Marino Unified School District. Its public funding is supplemented by private donations raised through the San Marino Schools Foundation.
San Marino High School's upper football practice field was the location of where Kathy Fiscus fell into an abandoned water well in 1949. It was subsequently capped and covered by the local water district.
As of the 2008-09 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,096 students (276 seniors) and 59 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 18.6. The school's racial composition is 67% Asian, 30% Caucasian, 1% Hispanic, 0.2% African American, and 1.4% other.
San Marino High School currently has a 59-member teaching faculty. SMHS offers a variety of AP Classes in mathematics (Calculus AB and BC, Statistics), science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science), foreign languages (Spanish, Japanese (non-AP), Mandarin (non-AP)), English (Language and Literature), social science (Government), and music theory/art.
Extracurricular classes include: the school newspaper Titan Shield, the school yearbook Titanian, Speech and Debate, Robotics, Indoor Winter Drumline, Winter Color Guard, Marching Band, Chamber Choir, Boys' and Girls' Choirs, orchestra, concert band, and wind ensemble, small business, fashion merchandising, computer graphics, three courses in media arts (digital film making, animation, and field work), three levels of drama, stagecraft, and dance.
San Marino has a history of athletic rivalry with South Pasadena High School, a high school in the neighboring city. Due to tradition, games against South Pasadena tend to have a larger crowd and hold more significance versus games against other schools.
The school's most recent C.I.F. title was C.I.F Girls' Tennis Champions of Southern Division in November 2012. In 1998, the school won five straight CIF boys' tennis titles and was ranked number one in USA Today's High School Tennis Teams.
On December 5, 2015, the football team won a California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section title, defeating Charter Oak High School of Covina by the score of 45-28, then on December 12, 2015, they defeated Sierra Canyon School in the CIF State Southern California Regional Small School Division by the score of 36-35. On December 19, 2015, in the California Interscholastic Federation State Small School Open Division championship game, played at Sacramento State University's Hornet Stadium against Central Catholic High School of Modesto, they lost by the score of 56-21. They finished with a record of 15 wins against 1 loss.
The high school holds events several events, including sports, theater, and others. The Associated Student Body puts on the Coronation Ball, a dance held to crown the Homecoming Queen, King and the Princesses and Princes. They will then be honored throughout Homecoming. The ball is held on the Saturday directly before the Homecoming game, takes place in the home of a student, and also features an annual theme. During the week before the homecoming game, the ASB usually holds lunch- and snack-time rallies to boost school spirit. Finally on the Thursday night before homecoming day, the ASB will stay overnight at school to decorate the campus. In the afternoon of Homecoming day, students hold a homecoming parade with the assistance of the San Marino Police Department and Fire Department. The parade is attended by community figures such as the mayor, the principal, and San Marino Unified School District Board members. Floats include each class' advisory board and community service clubs. The Marching Band usually leads the parade. The homecoming game takes place that night, with the marching band and color guard performing during half-time. Also, the school holds its annual Grad Night at the campus after the graduation ceremonies with music and memories.Gary Primm - 1958 (Casino Owner)
Donald Segretti - 1959 (political "dirty trickster," organizer)
Bob Day - 1961 (1968 Olympian)
Bill Redell, football coach and member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Kim Carnes - 1963 (Singer-songwriter)
Laurie Garrett - 1969 (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist)
Gregg Jarrett - 1973 (Fox News anchor)
Kathryn Barger - 1978 Los Angeles County Supervisor (5th District)
Andres Cantor - 1980 (Emmy-award winning sportscaster)
Jim Gott - 1980 (Retired MLB Player).
Scott Melville- 1984 (Professional Tennis Player)
Stephan Pastis - 1986 (Cartoonist).
Michael Catherwood - 1997 (Television and Radio Personality a.k.a. "Psycho Mike")