High School

Mission High heads to state championship! (SF Gate)

Mission High has made history. From last night’s game in Fairfield, SF Gate reports: FAIRFIELD — It first looked as though it was going to be easy. And then it wasn’t. One thing was clear, though: Nothing was going to keep the Mission High boys basketball team from making history. Bears senior guard Niamey Harris scored 23 points — including...

Classroom Volunteers Sought for Mission Schools

Got an hour a week to spend with a local student? The San Francisco Education Fund, a nonprofit that partners with the district to support underserved children in city schools, is recruiting volunteers to spend one-on-one time with students at Everett, Mission High, and James Lick in the Mission. The volunteers, who must commit to about an hour a week...

Mission High Students Join Hundreds in Anti-Trump Protest

Dozens of students from Mission High School marched to City Hall and joined hundreds of other San Francisco high schoolers in a city-wide walk-out on Thursday morning to protest the election of Donald Trump. Students left school at 9 a.m. with the full support of many teachers and their principal, according to Eva Grace, a junior. Grace said that while students had been mournful...

San Francisco Could Be First in California to Give Non-Citizens School Board Vote

If a new ballot measure passes in November, San Francisco may become the first city in California to give non-citizens a vote in local school board elections.  Proposition N, which would let parents and guardians of students in the San Francisco school district vote for school board members, is critical in a city where immigrants account for 35 percent of the population, say supporters. More...

Mission High Football Players Kneel With Kaepernick

Mission High School football head coach Greg Hill was looking toward the American flag when, out of the corner of his eye, he caught a glimpse of his varsity football team. The players had dropped to one knee as the announcer at Redwood High School’s stadium directed the crowd to stand and face the flag as the national anthem sounded....

Science Workshop Celebrates 25 Years in the Mission

For the past 25 years, Mission resident Dan Sudran and his small team of instructors at the Mission Science Workshop have provided underserved students with a safe space outside of the classroom to tinker, explore, and wonder about nature, technology, and science. On Thursday, the workshop celebrated its quarter century anniversary by opening the doors to its auto shop-turned-science-lab to...

High School Students Push for Proposition C

The housing crisis is on everyone’s mind – even, and perhaps especially so, on the minds of students at San Francisco International High School, where one class recently completed coursework on the local June ballot’s Proposition C. The proposition would put the city’s inclusionary housing requirement into the hands of the Board of Supervisors, to be adjusted as necessary to...

SF Mission Graduates Receive Surprise Scholarship Through Community Fundraiser

Four graduating seniors at John O’Connell High School were surprised to find out during their May 25 graduation ceremony that they had been chosen as the recipients of a scholarship totaling $10,000. The money came from local business and community institutions and was part of a fundraising effort on behalf of the Mission Promise Neighborhood, a citywide community partnership that supports children and...

SF Students Get Leadership Education from the Great Outdoors

Sometimes what it takes to get kids to learn abstract skills is to send them outdoors – at least that’s what San Francisco educators are finding as they send their students on trips through Outward Bound, an organization dedicated to getting kids outdoors. For many city kids, suddenly up and leaving on a five-day backpacking trip is no joke. Josh...

Students Hack into Tech with Mission Coding Course

As the San Francisco Unified School District works to implement a mandated computer science curriculum into classrooms citywide, local organizations are looking to address what they say is a serious shortcoming in the city’s classroom-to-career pipeline for tech. Trends in the tech industry indicate that some 1.4 million computing jobs will become available by 2020, yet less than six percent...

ODC Features Bolivian Dance Group at 15 Years

An award-winning Bolivian folkloric dance group — started in a local high school and nurtured in any rehearsal space it could find — celebrates its 15th anniversary this weekend with four programs at the ODC theater on 17th and Shotwell. “We always figured out somewhere to practice,” said Isidro Fajardo, 24, the artistic director and choreographer of Bolivia Corazón de...

Students Veto Campos’ Moratorium Plan and Win Big

At a Civics Day hosted by the non-profit organization Generation Citizen high school students from John O’Connell High School argued that David Campos’ push for a housing moratorium in the Mission was all wrong. And it won them an award. The winning students were from a class on economics at John O’Connell.  Along with 17 other classrooms across San Francisco and...

Mission Nonprofit Hacks Tech’s Achievement Gap

Gisela Kottmeier got her idea for an app while walking her dog. “I wondered, why isn’t there a good service to connect dog owners to dog walkers?” So Kottmeier began coding her app. It’s a familiar story in San Francisco, with one twist: Gisela is an 17 year-old Lowell High School senior. She’s one of the standouts of Mission Bit,...

Techies Teach Students with Mixed Skills

It was first period at Mission High, and Aimee Menne moved among rows of 21 tired students at Mission High who are working on a program developed out of UC Berkeley meant to introduce beginners to computer science. The game is based on the familiar Hangman but requires students to think logically through a coding process, serving as a precursor...

Mike Brown, Sr. at Mission High

This afternoon, Mike Brown, Sr., the father of the young man killed in a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, visited Mission High for a rally organized by the school’s Black Student Union. The rally is to protest the Grand Jury decision not to indict the officer involved in killing Brown’s son. We’ll have more on this tomorrow, but for now...