Serra High School (San Diego)

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Junipero Serra High School
Address
5156 Santo Rd.
San Diego, CA 92124
Coordinates32°49′33″N 117°6′20″W / 32.82583°N 117.10556°W / 32.82583; -117.10556Coordinates: 32°49′33″N 117°6′20″W / 32.82583°N 117.10556°W / 32.82583; -117.10556
Information
TypePublic school
Established1976
PrincipalErica Renfree
Staff66.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,466 (2018–19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio22.21[1]
Color(s)Brown & Gold          
MascotConrad the Conquistador
Website

Junipero Serra High School is a public high school situated in the community of Tierrasanta within the city of San Diego, California. It is named for Junípero Serra, a Spanish missionary who founded Mission San Diego and other settlements in what is now California. It is nearly adjacent to Murphy Canyon, a large military housing community. It is a traditional school and part of the San Diego Unified School District.

Smaller Learning Communities[edit]

Serra uses High School Reform/Small Learning Communities to enable personalized instruction drawing on ongoing data collection and team-teaching.

  • Grade 9 - Freshmen Organized To Create Ultimate Success (FOCUS)
  • Grade 10 - Sophomore School Of Humanities (SSH)
  • Grade 11 - Project American Dream 11
  • Grade 12 - Project American Dream 12

Athletics programs[edit]

In the 1999-2000 season the Boys Varsity Basketball won their first Section 2 Championship in school history and their third straight Eastern League Title.In the 2011-2012 season, the girls Basketball team won San Diego CIF by defeating West Hills High School. Varsity Girls Soccer also won a CIF Div. 2 Championship in 2013. The Serra Football program also has won 5 total league championships, in . 1999, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2013.[citation needed] As of 2014, they are in the City League.[2]

School activities and clubs[edit]

  • AP Club
  • Art Club
  • ARC
  • ASB
  • AVID Club
  • Ceramic Club
  • Cheer Club
  • Club Elevate
  • CSF
  • Drama Club
  • Green Garden Club
  • GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Club
  • The Office Club
  • Hiking Club
  • Key Club
  • Link Crew
  • NJROTC (Armed/Unarmed Exhibition)
  • Serrandipity (journalism)
  • La Mision (yearbook)
  • Q News
  • Jedi Club
  • Multicultural Club
  • Ping Pong Club
  • Photography Club
  • Common Ground (Bible Club)
  • Serra Skaters
  • Serra Vape Team
  • Demendonca Fan Club
  • Young Entrepreneurs Club
  • MSMBT Club (middle school mentoring and bridging)

AP classes and testing[edit]

In 2017-2018 students at Serra took Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Economics: Micro
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • Government & Politics: U.S.
  • Physics 1
  • Physics C - Mechanics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • U.S. History
  • World History

Mascot[edit]

Serra High School's mascot is Conrad the Conquistador. Following the killing of George Floyd in 2020, students started a petition to change the mascot from a conquistador, a symbol they said represented Spanish colonialism and its impact on the indigenous population. Principal Erica Renfree encouraged the change, and suggested also changing the school's name to Tierrasanta High School. Virtual town halls were scheduled to discuss the changes.[3]

Rivalry[edit]

Serra High School's most well-known rival is Patrick Henry High School. The Field Hockey team, however, is most known for having a rivalry with Scripps Ranch High School which is located in the Scripps Ranch community of San Diego.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Serra High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "Fall sports". Junipero Serra High School. Archived from the original on 2014-12-25. Retrieved 2014-12-25.
  3. ^ "Campaign to 'rebrand' Serra High School name, mascot". KGTV. June 26, 2020.