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Burlingame High School is a public high school in Burlingame, Californiamarker. It is part of the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD).


In order to meet the growing population of students, the school was opened in December 1923, under the name of "San Mateo High School, Burlingame Branch". The school took in students from Burlingamemarker, Hillsboroughmarker, Millbraemarker, and San Brunomarker. Initial enrollment consisted of 350 students and 30 teachers. As a branch school of San Mateo High Schoolmarker, extracurricular organizations were shared between the schools. There was a single band, football team, and other athletic teams with student members from both schools. Within 10 years the enrollment of the school increased to 494 boys and 474 girls, totalling 968 pupils, a figure close to the school's original design capacity. In 1927 the school name was officially changed to Burlingame High School.

In the summer of 1980, the SMUHSD board decided it must close one of the district's seven schools, due to declining enrollment. Following public hearings, the board narrowed the choice to either Crestmoor High School or Burlingame High School. After study and discussion, the board decided to close Crestmoor in the fall of 1980 and keep Burlingame open.

The school's rivalry with San Mateo High culminates annually in a football matchup dubbed "The Little Big Game" patterned after the Big Game. San Mateo High School has been a rival of Burlingame since the division of the Burlingame branch.


Burlingame High seeks to prepare its students through academic rigor and through the development of social citizenship. To this end the school has codified a number of core values which encourage a diverse learning environment which is tolerant, achievement oriented, encouraging, supportive, and ultimately enjoyable. The school seeks to foster an ethical, standards based program that fully engages the community, parents, faculty, and students.

Extracurricular activities

Marching Band

Burlingame High's Marching Band plays rock, pop, and funk songs at all home basketball and football games. The band presents its field show twice a year often with the unique "dance break" in the middle of the show. It's currently led by musical director David Kimura and president Colin Mitchell, a senior graduating in Spring 2010.

Newspaper: The Burlingame B

Burlingame High School's newspaper, The Burlingame B, covers school-related events, voices student opinion, and spotlights exceptional students and faculty. The monthly paper is the product of student writers, photographers, editors, and page designers of the journalism class. During the 2006–2007 school year, the Burlingame B was awarded 1st place by the Peninsula Press Club for Layout and Design. Alums of the newspaper include the writer Brad Schreiber.


Burlingame High School also has a very strong drama program. Each year two performances occur: one play in the fall and one musical in the spring.

  • Spring 2009 — Grease (directed by: Mary Bettini Blank)
  • Spring 2008 — Into the Woods (directed by: May Bettini Blank)


Notable alumni

See also


  1. San Bruno Herald, San Mateo Times

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