- Sir Francis Drake High School
Sir Francis Drake High School Address 1327 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
San Anselmo, California 94960
Information School type Public, comprehensive high school Founded 1951 School district Tamalpais Union High School District Oversight Western Association of Schools and Colleges,
Accrediting Commission for Schools
Superintendent Bob Ferguson School number CEEB Code: 052770 Principal Don Drake Assistant Principals Eric Saibel, Katy Foster Grades 9-12 Enrollment 1076 (2005-06) Grade 9 275 Grade 10 296 Grade 11 248 Grade 12 257 Language English Campus Suburban Area Upper Ross Valley and San Geronimo Valley, Marin County Color(s) Green and White and Black Mascot Petey Team name Pirates Communities served Fairfax, Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, Nicasio, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, and Woodacre Feeder schools Lagunitas School District
Nicasio School District
Ross Valley School District
Sir Francis Drake High School is a secondary school located in San Anselmo, California. It was named for English privateer and naval hero Sir Francis Drake, who purportedly landed in the area in 1579. The school's mascot is a pirate named Petey.
The school was established in 1951 as the second high school in the Tamalpais Union High School District. It is located at 1327 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, situated on a 21 acre (85,000 m²) campus bordered by two creeks. The site was formerly known as Cordone Gardens. 2006-07 enrollment was 1,114 students.
Approximately 83% of Drake’s 2004 graduates continued on to higher education, 62% to 4-year universities and 21% to 2-year colleges.
The school newspaper, the Jolly Roger is published almost every month. The 1986-87 edition was a winner of Columbia University’s Silver Crown Award for high school newspapers in 1988.. The Jolly Roger has been a regular recipient of the Medalist rating, given to the top 5% among high school newspapers in its class in United States.
Sir Francis Drake High School is also known for having one of the first high school mountain biking teams.
- Arj Barker, comedian
- Brad Hargreaves, musician
- Michael Rossman, FSM activist & teacher 
- Alex Zettl, physicist
- Edward Neumeier, screenwriter of Robocop and Starship Troopers
- Lance Acord, cinematographer
- Scott Capurro, actor, comedian, author
- Terry Bozzio, musician
- Scott Thunes, musician (Frank Zappa)
- Archie Williams (May 1, 1915 – June 24, 1993), 1936 Olympics 400 meter Gold Medalist.
- Albert L. Lavin, coauthor of Writing: Unit-Lessons In Composition series, 1965-1973.
- W. Keith MacNab, coauthor of Chemistry: Fundamentals and Principles, 1977.
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sir Francis Drake High School
- ^ Sir Francis Drake High School Profile 2006-07, accessed March 14, 2007
- ^ Columbia Scholastic Press Association, 1988 Scholastic Crown Recipients, accessed March 14, 2007
- ^ Michael Taylor, San Francisco Chronicle, May 17, 2008, "'60s activist Michael Rossman dies in Berkeley", accessed May 24, 2008
- ^ "Thinking really small". Nanotechnology Now. 2006-04-17. http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=14842. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
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