Redwood High School (Larkspur, California)

For other "Redwood High Schools" , see Redwood High School (disambiguation).

Redwood High School is a public secondary school located in the city of Larkspur, Marin County, California, approximately 11 miles north of San Francisco. Redwood High is part of the Tamalpais Union High School District. The school serves the cities of Belvedere, Corte Madera, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Larkspur, Ross, and Tiburon.


By 1957, the school age population of the Tamalpais Union High School District had grown too large for Tamalpais High School to accommodate. With the pressure of students coming in from elementary schools from Sausalito to Belvedere to Ross, it was therefore put to the voters of the district to decide on a solution. The vote was to create a new school, and chosen for its site was the marshy area that extended west from the centrally located town of Larkspur to Highway 101, an area that townspeople had called "the slough" since Larkspur was settled. It seemed the perfect solution. Of course, back in 1957, such things as the vital importance of wetlands were under-appreciated, therefore the land was seen as "waste." Beginning in early 1957, a large section of the marsh was flattened and filled, two roads were cut through from Magnolia Avenue out to the new school, and a playing field and parking lot were included. The first students who were to attend the new High School were allowed to chose the name of the newspaper and sports teams, choosing the Giants as their mascot in reference to the nearby redwood trees. School publications followed the tree theme: the Bark became the school's newspaper, and the Log the school's year book. The colors red and gray were a source of much contention, but were finally accepted. The school opened its doors in 1958 and in came three classes relocated from other area High Schools, and one class that would graduate in 1962 thereby becoming the first class to attend all four years at Redwood. By this date, there were still very few "extras." No pool. No cafeteria. No theater. Only one field, only the original two dirt roads in and out of the school. The entire school was a flat ochre colored box set on flat thinly grassed ground surrounded by what was left of the marsh. Since then, much has changed. The original box remains but its contours have been softened by landscaping, new buildings, and mature trees. Much of the marsh has been replaced by housing.

Redwood in the news

On September 11, 2008, it was announced that Redwood had been recognized by the federal Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Redwood has been recognized as a California Distinguished School since 1990. An article the local newspaper provides more information.

There have been recent rumors that MTV is planning to film a new reality show " The County " at Redwood High School, which would involve the daily life of seven teenagers.

There's also a new MTV show that just started filming about two Redwood grads in LA, something like The Hills.


Redwood High School is set at the foot of Mount Tamalpais. The school has a clear view of Marin County's signature mountain. Redwood's main school building (an original; see above) contains approximately 69 classrooms, four laboratories, the Bessie Chin Library, and a theater. Other buildings on the campus contain industrial technology areas, art and photography rooms, the band rooms, and the cafeteria (known as the CEA--Covered Eating Area). The campus also contains a large gymnasium with two weight rooms, a swimming pool, a diving pool, tennis courts, a track, athletic fields, and an outdoor amphitheatre facing the South Lawn. Marin Community Fields, which are located adjacent to the high school, are available for student recreation.

The original Redwood High School campus was opened in 1958, and additions to the main building were made over the next few years. Between 2002 and 2006, Redwood embarked on a major modernization process financed through a bond measure passed by district voters. Approximately forty million dollars were spent to remodel classrooms, refurbish the gymnasium and theater, and add new athletic fields. The modernization process included upgrades to the technology networking system in most classrooms. In the spring of 2006, Redwood art students created a 40-foot mural of the Marin County countryside. The mural was created on an exterior wall of the CEA (Covered Eating Area). This year, the 100th anniversary of Larkspur is also the 50th anniversary of Redwood High School.


The following breakdown of students based on ethnicity is from 2006/2007 enrollment data
Student Ethnicity Percent
African American 1.96
Asian American 4.32
Hispanic 3.64
Filipino 0.2
Native American 0.54
Pacific Islander American 0
White American, non-Hispanic 78.95
Multiple or no response 10.39

Faculty and staff

Extracurricular activities


Fall Sports

Football (2001 MCAL Champs), Cheer and Dance, Water Polo, Cross Country, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, Girls Golf, Girls Volleyball (2006 NCS Champs)

Winter Sports

Wrestling, Basketball

Spring Sports

Baseball (2002, 2003 MCAL Champs), Softball (2006, 2007 MCAL Champs), Swimming & Diving (Girls 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 MCAL Champs), Track & Field, Boys Golf, Girls Soccer, Boys Lacrosse, Boys Volleyball, Boys Tennis (2005 2006 MCAL Champions. 2005 2006 NCS Champions), Girls Lacrosse

Club Sports

Rugby (Spring), Crew (Year-round), Mountain Biking (Spring), Ultimate Frisbee , Badminton , Sailing (Year-round)


The student-run newspaper, the Bark, has a long history of excellence, with student writers, photographers, and graphic designers earning honors at the national level each year. Active since the school's inception in 1958, the newspaper acts as a limited public forum for its student, teacher, parent, and community audience. Circulation of the free publication reaches 1,700 each month. The newspaper's website, containing current issues as well as historical archives, can be found at

Notable alumni


External links

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