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Terra Nova High School (California)

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Type  Public high school
Principal  Megan Carey
Campus  Suburban
Phone  +1 650-550-7600
Number of students  1,079
Established  1961
Faculty  47
Color(s)  Black      and yellow
Mascot  Terra Nova Tiger

Address  1450 Terra Nova Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044, USA
District  Jefferson Union High School District

Terra Nova High School is an American public high school in Pacifica in San Mateo County, California, United States. It serves grades 9 through 12 as part of the Jefferson Union High School District.



Terra Nova High School was established in 1961 to serve the growing population in the Linda Mar district of southern Pacifica. Students attended from Vallemar, Rockaway Beach, Mori Point, Fairway, Sharp Park and Pacific Manor districts until Oceana High School was completed the following year.


The original buildings and campus were designed by Mark Falk & Corwin Booth (of Falk & Booth). The main building originally had only two stories when the school opened in 1961. Portables were added to the rear of the school campus to accommodate the increase in students and need for more classrooms. A major facilities remodel was completed in 1998, and construction of a 400+ seat theater and a new science building began in early 2010 and was completed by 2012.


According to US News and World Report, 62% of Terra Nova's student body is "of color," with 17% of the student body coming from economically disadvantaged households, determined by student eligibility for California's Reduced-price meal program.


Terra Nova offers Advanced Placement courses in US History, European History, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, US Government, Language and Composition, Literature, Studio Art, Music Theory, and Calculus AB.

Standardized testing

In 2011, Terra Nova scored an API of 801, the sixth highest in San Mateo County. By 2013, the last year on record, the school had scored 792, the second highest in the Jefferson Union school district.

Extracurricular activities

Terra Nova has an award-winning marching band, which won first place in their division at the Foothill Band Review in 2007 and 2009. The marching band received the Sweepstakes award at the 2008 and 2009 Fog Fests. Most recently the marching band won 2nd place at the 2016 Napa Championships.

The Terra Nova drama department performs spring and fall productions, often produced in conjunction with directors from the local theatre company, the Pacifica Spindrift Players.

The school's student-run newspaper is the Terra Nova Times and has won awards from the Peninsula Press Club.

Terra Nova has had a team on the Bay Area's Quiz Kids show since the show's debut.

Terra Nova also offers a wide variety of sports, including football, baseball, cheer leading, badminton, cross country, tennis, track and field, water polo, swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and wrestling. Numerous teams go to CCS and PAL championships yearly. The 1982 football team had a final ranking of third in the state of California for Division 3 football. The team ended with an 11-1 record.

Baseball has sent several players to the Majors, including Greg Reynolds, Bob McClure, and Keith Hernandez (11-time 1st Base Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, Major League Baseball All-Star Game player, and hitting champ for several years).

Notable alumni

  • Eugene Gu, Class of 2004. Physician-scientist and CEO of the Ganogen Research Institute
  • Keith Hernandez, attended during his freshman year in 1967-1968 but transferred to nearby Capuchino High School for the remainder of his high school years; Major League Baseball first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets
  • Dan Kenny, Class of 2003, bassist of World touring metal band Suicide Silence
  • Mike Lockwood, Class of 1989, professional Wrestler
  • Bob McClure, Class of 1970, Major League Baseball relief pitcher for seven teams, most prominently the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Ryan Patterson, Class of 2012, 2016 Rio Olympics gymnast from South Africa
  • Greg Reynolds, Class of 2003, the Colorado Rockies' No. 1 draft choice in 2006 (MLB), and Rockies starting pitcher in the 2008 season
  • Rob Schneider, Class of 1982, actor, comedian, and screenwriter
  • References

    Terra Nova High School (California) Wikipedia

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