George Washington High School (San Francisco)
George Washington High School is a public high school in Richmond District, San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
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. The school is a part of the San Francisco Unified School District
San Francisco Unified School District
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. In 2011, Washington High was ranked by Newsweek's
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 Jay Mathews Challenge Index as the 497th best high school in the United States
United States
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George Washington High School opened on August 4, 1936 to serve as a secondary school for the people of San Francisco’s Richmond District
Richmond District, San Francisco, California
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. The school was built on a budget of $8,000,000 on a site overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge
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. The lobby is decorated with murals by Victor Arnautoff in the "buon fresco
Buon fresco
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" styles. They depict scenes from the life and times of George Washington. The stadium, auditorium, and gymnasium were added in 1940. The school was formally dedicated on Armistice Day
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 of 1940. The accomplishments of its students in various fields of academics, athletics, leadership, and extracurricular activities have given George Washington High School an outstanding reputation among California high schools. The school was also used in an episode of the hit TV series "The Streets of San Francisco". Maureen McCormick plays a teenage hooker attending the school. There are two scenes showing the school and its view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The episode was in season five.

In 1981 the Pacific News Service
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 aired a story about race-based gangs
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 at George Washington High School.


600 32nd Ave, San Francisco, California

Washington's campus is located kitty-corner to Presidio Middle School, also a public school.

Facilities include:
  • 3-story 4-shaped academic building
  • 2-Story shop building
  • Auditorium/Theater
  • Computer Lab
  • Library
  • Gymnasium
  • Track field
  • American football
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     field/Soccer Field
  • Soccer
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    /multipurpose field
  • 6 tennis
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  • 4 basketball
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Washington High School prides itself in academic excellence with emphasis on AP courses. In 2007, Newsweek ranked George Washington as the 717th best high school in America.


  • 2004-2005:
    • 2,311 students; M/F (55/ 45)
    • Student demographics:
      Latino White African-American Chinese Japanese Korean American Indian Filipino Other Non-White Declined to State
      13.7% 13.9% 13.8% 50.8% 5.9% 2.3% 0.9% 5.0% 5.0% 1.0%

  • Certificated Teacher Demographics
    Latino White African-American Chinese Japanese Korean American Indian Filipino Other Non-White Declined to State
    3.3% 75.8% 4.1% 9.1% 3.3% 0.8% 0.8% 4.1% 4.1% 9.1%

G.W.H.S. sports

  • The George Washington High athletic program is governed by Academic Athletic Association (AAA) and is sanctioned by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)

  • George Washington High School, with its population of over 2400 students, supports 20 varsity and 7 junior varsity and frosh-soph programs

  • Some of the sports include Dragon Boat, Cross Country, Tennis Girls, Football, Soccer Boys, Volleyball Boys, Golf Girls, Volleyball Girls, Wrestling, Swimming, Badminton, Baseball, Fencing, Softball, Basketball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Golf Boys, Tennis Boys, Soccer Girls, and Track & Field, Cheerleading

Recent Championships

2010-2011 Varsity Boys Baseball Champions

2010-2011 Varsity Boys Basketball Champions

2010-2011 Varsity Boys Football Champions

2010-2011 Varsity Girls Golf Runner-up

2009-2010 Varsity Softball Trans Bay Champions

2009-2010 Varsity Softball Champions

2009-2010 All City Badminton Champions

2009-2010 Varsity Girls Soccer Runner-up

2009-2010 All City Wrestling Champions

2009-2010 Varsity Girls Tennis Runner-up

2008-2009 Varsity Boys Golf Champions

2008-2009 JV Boys Basketball Champions

2008-2009 Varsity Boys Baseball Champions

2008-2009 Varsity Softball Runner-up

2008-2009 All City Badminton Runner-up

2008-2009 All City Wrestling Champions

2007-2008 JV Boys Baseball City Champions

2007-2008 Varsity Boys Swimming Champions

2007-2008 Varsity Softball Runner-up

2007-2008 All City Badminton Runner-up

2007-2008 Varsity Boys Golf Champions

2007-2008 JV Girls Basketball City Champions

2007-2008 All City Wrestling Champions

2006-2007 Varsity Boys Swimming Champions

2006-2007 JV Boys Baseball City Champions

2006-2007 All City Badminton Runner-up

2006-2007 Varsity Boys Tennis Runner-up

2006-2007 Varsity Boys Golf Runner-up

2006-2007 Track & Field Runner-up

2005-2006 Varsity Baseball City Champions

2005-2006 Varsity Boys Volleyball Champions

2004-2005 Fencing City Champions

2003-2004 Varsity Football Champions

2001-2006 5 in a row Softball All City Champions

2001-2002 All City Badminton Champions

2000-2001 Varsity Football Champions

2000-2001 Varsity Baseball Champions

2000-2001 All City Badminton Champions

1999-2000 Varsity Football Champions

1999-2000 Varsity Girls Basketball Champions


All Hail to Washington

In tribute we sing to thee,

Deep in our hearts engraved

Thy name shall forever be!

Throughout the years we'll cherish memories

Of joys, that you have brought us!

O, Washington, to Thee

We Pledge our Faith and all our Loyalty!

Hail, Washington Hail!

Notable alumni

  • Maya Angelou
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    , author and poet (Pulitzer Prize
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  • Gene Brown
    Gene Brown
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    , basketball player
  • Phillip Burton
    Phillip Burton
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    , Congressman
  • Danny Glover
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    , actor
  • Steve Gray
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    , retired basketball player
  • Richard Hongisto
    Richard Hongisto
    Richard D. Hongisto was a businessman, politician, sheriff and police chief of San Francisco, California, and Cleveland, Ohio.-Early life and education:...

    , politician
  • Leonard Krupnik
    Leonard Krupnik
    Leonard Krupnik is a Soviet-born American soccer player who currently plays for Maccabi Netanya in the Israeli Premier League.-Youth and College:...

    , Ukrainian-American
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  • Amanda Lassiter
    Amanda Lassiter
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    , basketball player in the WNBA
  • Marcio Lassiter
    Marcio Lassiter
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    , basketball player in the Philippines
  • Gilman Louie
    Gilman Louie
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    , technologist
  • Alec Mapa
    Alec Mapa
    -Personal life:Mapa, a Filipino American, was born in San Francisco and attended George Washington High School . Mapa is openly gay and lends his support to various projects supporting the gay, lesbian, and Asian American communities...

    , writer, comedian and actor
  • Del Martin, lesbian activist
  • Johnny Mathis
    Johnny Mathis
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    , musician
  • Ollie Matson
    Ollie Matson
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    , hall of fame football player
  • Tanya Mayo
    Tanya Mayo
    Tanya Mayo is an actress and activist. She was a national coordinator in Not In Our Name. A graduate of George Washington High School where she acted in plays such as The Miracle Worker and Cabaret , Tanya has worked with Rhodessa Jones.In 2004, she debated Sean Hannity regarding protest tactics at...

    , Activist/Actress
  • Lee Meriwether
    Lee Meriwether
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    , model, actress, and Miss America
    Miss America
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  • Nathan Oliveira
    Nathan Oliveira
    Nathan Oliveira was an American painter, printmaker, and sculptor, born in Oakland, California to Portuguese parents...

    , artist
  • Betty Ong
    Betty Ong
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    , flight attendant on 9/11 jet American Airlines Flight 11
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  • San Quinn
    San Quinn
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    , rap Artist
  • Phil Smith
    Phil Smith
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    , basketball player in the NBA
  • Paul Vixie
    Paul Vixie
    Paul Vixie is an American Internet pioneer, the author of several RFCs and well-known Unix software.Vixie attended George Washington High School in San Francisco, California. He received a Ph.D in computer science from Keio University in 2011....

    , internet pioneer (sendmail
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    , BIND
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     and PAIX
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  • Lope Yap
    Lope Yap
    Lope Yap, Jr. is a San Francisco-based film producer, director, production manager, assistant director and special effects producer.-Biography:He attended George Washington High School in San Francisco...

    , film director, assistant director, and special effects producer.
  • Lana Turner
    Lana Turner
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    , actress

See also

  • San Francisco County high schools

External links

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