Jefferson High School is an American public high school in Daly City, California and is the first school in the Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD). Jefferson serves Daly City, Brisbane, and the town of Colma.
Daly City residents who formerly had to send their children to San Francisco high schools due to lack of a local alternative voted into existence the JUHSD in 1922. This resulted in the formation of Jefferson High School.
JHS opened its doors in 1922 to its first 50 students using the old Jefferson Hall (previously Jefferson Elementary School) near San Pedro Road and Hill Street. Recognizing the need for a more suitable campus to accommodate the rapidly expanding student body, JUHSD residents voted to build a new campus at the current location in 1923
The first building was finished in 1925. Subsequently this building was demolished and replaced in 1963. In 2005, Jefferson undertook to renovate and remodel the campus.
In 2000, alum John Madden donated the lighting for the campus football field. They are named "Madden Lights" in his honor
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The following co-curricular clubs are hosted at Jefferson High School to complement the regular school curriculum:
The Tom-Tom is Jefferson's student newspaper and is published quarterly-usually in the months of November, February, April and June-and includes full color on the front, back and center-spread pages. The various sections include News, Opinion, Sports, Features, Health, Technology and Arts & Entertainment.
The newspaper regularly participates in and has received awards in local (Peninsula Press Club), State (Journalism Education Association of Northern California) and National (Journalism Education Association/NSPA) conferences and competitions.
The newspaper is written and edited by students in the Journalism I, II and III course, which is designed to focus on advanced writing skills for students who wish to either pursue a career in journalism or to build upon their existing skills.
In direct alignment with Jefferson High School’s determination to create a more literate and literary-loving community, this course not only encourages students to write and voice their opinions, but spurs others to read by producing a quality newspaper. The mission of the Jefferson High School Newspaper is to inform, educate and entertain the readers—students, teachers, parents, members of the community—about issues that affect the students as well as citizens of Daly City and the nation.