University City High School (San Diego)

School Overview

University City High School, located in the University City
University City, San Diego, California
University City is a community in San Diego, California, located in the northwestern portion of the city next to the University of California, San Diego...

 section of San Diego, California
San Diego, California
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, is a comprehensive
Comprehensive school
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, four-year public high school
High school
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, part of the San Diego Unified School District
San Diego Unified School District
San Diego Unified School District is the school district of San Diego, California. It was founded in 1854...

. The school opened in September 1981. The school, commonly referred to as UC High, ranked 222nd in 2008 and 297th in 2009 on Newsweek's
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 List of Best U.S. Public High Schools.


UCHS Boys Varsity Soccer- CIF Champions:2004,2005,and most recently 2011.
UCHS Boys Varsity Soccer- 2011: State semi-finalists.
UCHS Boys Varsity Basketball- 2011: Centurions 1st Division III CIF .
UCHS Girls Varsity Softball-2011,2010,2009 CIF Champions.
UCHS Boys Varsity Track and Field-2011 CIF Champions


University City High School offers sports programs for student
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-athletes. The school mascot is the Centurion
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Fall sports

  • Boys' and girls' cross country
    Cross country running
    Cross country running is a sport in which people run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain. The course, typically long, may include surfaces of grass and earth, pass through woodlands and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road...

  • Field Hockey
    Field hockey
    Field Hockey, or Hockey, is a team sport in which a team of players attempts to score goals by hitting, pushing or flicking a ball into an opposing team's goal using sticks...

  • American football
    American football
    American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

  • Girls' tennis
    Tennis is a sport usually played between two players or between two teams of two players each . Each player uses a racket that is strung to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net into the opponent's court. Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society at all...

  • Girls' volleyball
    Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.The complete rules are extensive...

  • Boys' water polo
    Water polo
    Water polo is a team water sport. The playing team consists of six field players and one goalkeeper. The winner of the game is the team that scores more goals. Game play involves swimming, treading water , players passing the ball while being defended by opponents, and scoring by throwing into a...

  • Color Guard
    Color guard
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Winter sports

  • Boys' and girls' Basketball
    Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

  • Boys' and girls' Soccer
  • Wrestling
    Scholastic wrestling
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  • Girls' Water Polo boy
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  • Color Guard
    Color guard
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Spring sports

  • Badminton
    Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players or two opposing pairs , who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their...

  • Baseball
    Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

  • Golf
    Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing players use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest number of strokes....

  • Lacrosse
    Lacrosse is a team sport of Native American origin played using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick, mainly played in the United States and Canada. It is a contact sport which requires padding. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh...

  • Softball
    Softball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of 10 to 14 players. It is a direct descendant of baseball although there are some key differences: softballs are larger than baseballs, and the pitches are thrown underhand rather than overhand...

  • Swimming
    Swimming (sport)
    Swimming is a sport governed by the Fédération Internationale de Natation .-History: Competitive swimming in Europe began around 1800 BCE, mostly in the form of the freestyle. In 1873 Steve Bowyer introduced the trudgen to Western swimming competitions, after copying the front crawl used by Native...

  • Fencing
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  • Boys' Tennis
  • Track and Field
    Track and field
    Track and field is a sport comprising various competitive athletic contests based around the activities of running, jumping and throwing. The name of the sport derives from the venue for the competitions: a stadium which features an oval running track surrounding a grassy area...

  • Boys' Volleyball
  • Color Guard
    Color guard
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Music Department

  • UC Marching Band
    Marching band
    Marching band is a physical activity in which a group of instrumental musicians generally perform outdoors and incorporate some type of marching with their musical performance. Instrumentation typically includes brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments...

  • UC Color Guard
    Color guard
    In the military of the United States and other militaries, the color guard carries the National Color and other flags appropriate to its position in the chain of command. Typically these include a unit flag and a departmental flag...

  • Orchestra
    An orchestra is a sizable instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The term orchestra derives from the Greek ορχήστρα, the name for the area in front of an ancient Greek stage reserved for the Greek chorus...

  • Jazz Band
    Jazz band
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  • Pep Band
    Pep band
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  • Choir
    A choir, chorale or chorus is a musical ensemble of singers. Choral music, in turn, is the music written specifically for such an ensemble to perform.A body of singers who perform together as a group is called a choir or chorus...

Logos and School Colors

The color palette of the school as well as their three primary logos, the UC Script, the Centurion, and the UC block logo are given below. The block logo is used as the "Varsity Letter" style for all varsity letter-earning athletes.


  • UCHS Colorguard
  • All-Male Dance Team
  • Drill Team
  • UCHS Cheer
  • Marine Science
  • Surf Team
  • Surf Rider Club
  • Science Olympiad
  • Faith Club
  • Gay/Straight Alliance
  • CSF
  • Equestrian Club
  • Pink Ribbon Club
  • Invisible Children
  • Pacific Islander Club
  • Key Club
    Key Club
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  • Sports Authority
  • Cube Club
  • MEChA
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  • Yoga Club
  • Best Buddies
  • Russian Club
  • Amnesty International
    Amnesty International
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  • PH Love Club
  • Sci-fi and Horror Association for Zombie Apocalypses and Magic
  • The Office Fun Club
  • Glee Club: A Musical Revolution
  • Photography Club
  • Computer Science
  • Psychology Club
  • UEFA Champions Club
  • Expand Your Horizons Club
  • Anime Club
  • UCHS Performing Arts Club
  • UCHS Drill Team
  • Rugby
    Rugby football
    Rugby football is a style of football named after Rugby School in the United Kingdom. It is seen most prominently in two current sports, rugby league and rugby union.-History:...

     Interest and Recruitment
  • JV Girls Volleyball
  • Philosophy Club
  • Roots & Shoots
  • ArtsTECH


Notable alumni

  • Kent Ninomiya
    Kent Ninomiya
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     (TV news anchor, reporter and executive)
  • Félix Sánchez
    Felix Sanchez
    Félix Sánchez —nicknamed Super Felix, the Invincible and the Dictator— is a track and field athlete from New York City, United States who competes for The Dominican Republic...

     (Olympic Gold Medalist)
  • Matt Brock (Professional Football Player) National Football League
  • Derrick Doggett
    Derrick Doggett
    Derrick Doggett is a gridiron football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos as a street free agent in 2008...

     (Professional football player in the CFL and NFL)
  • Joe Oliveira (Professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles)
  • Mitch Beacom (Baseball Player for 2010 College World Series Runner-Up UCLA Bruins)


  • Jeff Olivero, Principal, 2010–present
  • Mike Price Principal, 2007–2010
  • Ernie Smith
    Ernie Smith
    Ernest Frederick Smith was an American football offensive tackle under coach Howard Jones of the University of Southern California. He also handled the placekicking and kickoff duties for the men of Troy...

     Principal, 2000–2007
  • Anne Bolton Principal, 1995–1999


In January 2007, a four month undercover investigation resulted in at least 15 arrests of students from the school. Authorities confiscated marijuana, Ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms and prescription medications.

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