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Coordinates: 37°58′15″N 122°30′48″W / 37.97083°N 122.51333°W / 37.97083; -122.51333[1]

San Rafael High School
185 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901
School type Public, comprehensive high school
Founded 1888
School board San Rafael City Schools Board of Education
School district San Rafael High School District
Oversight Western Assn of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools
Superintendent Michael R. Watenpaugh
Princ Judith B Colton
Assistant Principal Jane Songer
Chief custodian Minh Pham
Staff 90 (59 teachers)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1001 (2006-07)
Language English, Spanish (ELD program)
Campus Suburban
Area Central Marin County
Color(s)      Red and
Mascot Bulldog
Team name Dawgs
Communities served San Rafael, California Park, Peacock Gap, Point San Pedro, The Canal
Feeder schools San Rafael Elementary School District
  • Davidson Middle School and Gallinas/Venetia Valley Middle School
    • Bahia Vista Elementary School
    • Coleman Elementary School
    • Glenwood Elementary School
    • Laurel Dell Elementary School
    • San Pedro Elementary School
    • Sun Valley Elementary School
Affiliation none
San Rafael City Schools, SRHS Demographics

San Rafael City Schools, Our Schools

San Rafael High School is a coeducational public secondary school located at 185 Mission Avenue in San Rafael, California, United States.

The school is part of the San Rafael City Schools school district. Its official mascot is the Bulldog, however its athletic teams have been known casually as the Dawgs since the mid 1980s.

The school is located on a 33-acre (130,000 m2) campus in central San Rafael.[2]



San Rafael High School opened in 1888. The school's current campus opened in 1924. [2]

Statue of Louis Pasteur, at San Rafael High School

The school is often cited as the origin of the time and codeword 420 in drug culture; originally "420" served as a code word for "The Waldos", a group of marijuana users who would meet in front of a statue of Louis Pasteur at 4:20 P. M. to smoke marijuana. As the usage spread, the original connotations of the word "420" faded away.[3]

San Rafael High School served as the setting for the video of the 1984 power ballad "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger.

KSRH is the school's radio station, which is completely operated by students. The station broadcasts on only 10 watts of power on 88.1 FM and 107.3 Cable FM. The station takes requests during schools hours at (415) 457-KSRH.

Facilities at the school were upgraded with funds from bond measures passed in 1999 and 2002.

Beginning with the 2001-02 school year, San Rafael High School moved to an A/B rotating block schedule.

In 2006, the school scored 680 on the Academic Performance Index (API), the California Department of Education’s program for measuring school accountability. It also passed all Adequate Yearly Performance (AYP) criteria required by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.

In September, 2008, the school served as a primary location for the independent feature film, The Prankster. School was in session while filming took place and some students and teachers had background roles in the movie. The principal, Judy Colton, had a small speaking part with Kurt Fuller, who played Dean Pecarino in the film.

Notable alumni

Professional baseball

Professional football

Television and movies



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