Campbell Union High School District

Campbell Union High School District (abbreviated as CUHSD) is a school district based in Santa Clara County, California, serving the Silicon Valley communities of San Jose, Campbell, Saratoga, Santa Clara, Los Gatos and Monte Sereno.

Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD)
3235 Union Avenue
, California, 95124
United States
District information
EstablishedAugust 13, 1900; 123 years ago (1900-08-13)
SuperintendentRobert Bravo
NCES District ID0607230 [1]
Students and staff
Students8,606 (2020–2021)[1]
Teachers377.79 (FTE)[1]
Staff264.95 (FTE)[1]
Student–teacher ratio22.78:1[1]
Other information

It operates six high school campuses, Branham, Del Mar, Leigh, Prospect, Westmont, and Boynton; as well as Campbell Adult and Community Education. It serves more than 8600 students, and employs 800 teachers and staff.[2] Since 1986, schools in the district have been recognized as distinguished schools 7 times, the last being in 2007.[citation needed] As of 2022, the superintendent is Robert Bravo.[3]

Boundary Edit

The CUHSD serves the entirety of Campbell, portions of San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Los Gatos and Monte Sereno and the unincorporated communities of Burbank, Cambrian Park and Fruitdale.[4]

Schools Edit

The following are schools operated by the CUHSD:

School Name City Students FTE Teachers Pupil/Teacher Ratio Notes
Boynton High School San Jose 196 15.10 12.98 Alternative school
Branham High School San Jose 1911 79.45 24.05
Camden Post-Secondary Academy San Jose
Campbell Adult & Community Education San Jose
Del Mar High School San Jose 1326 65.45 20.26
Leigh High School San Jose 1786 74.18 24.08
Prospect High School Saratoga 1573 67.76 23.21
Westmont High School Campbell 1723 70.85 24.32

Note: Student enrollment figures based on 2020-2021 school year data

The following are now closed schools formerly operated by the CUHSD:

School Name City Year Closed Notes
Blackford High School San Jose 1991 Campus is now partially used for Boynton Alternative High School
Branham High School San Jose 1991 Re-opened in 1999
Camden High School San Jose 1980
Campbell High School Campbell 1980

Board of trustees Edit

The five-member board of trustees, which establishes policies for the district includes Elisabeth Halliday, James Kim, Jason Baker Aine O'Donovan, and Linda Goytia. Members are elected to staggered four-year terms. [5]

  • Elisabeth Halliday's term expires in 2026
  • James Kim's term expires in 2026
  • Jason Baker's term expires in 2026
  • Aine O'Donovan's term expires in 2024
  • Linda Goytia's term expires in 2024

History Edit

Campbell Union High School District was organized on August 13, 1900. The first high school to open its doors as part of the district was Campbell High School (now closed) on September 14, 1900 with a registration of 35 students, consisting of 23 girls and 12 boys. Two teachers were hired to educate the students: Professor E. A. Powers and Miss J. M. Newton. The first graduating class was one student, Charles Beardsley, who went on to Stanford and became a lawyer, thus proving Campbell High School's academic merit. [1]

In the late '50s, the district began to plan for the baby boom after World War II, and began building additional campuses. First was Camden High School (closed in 1980), which opened in 1955, after which followed Del Mar, which opened in 1957, then Blackford (now closed under that name) in '59, Leigh in '60, then Westmont in '65, Branham in '66, and Prospect in '68. The largest campus is Leigh, the smallest is Prospect. Most of the campuses built in that era follow the same general design plan, including a quad as an important fixture, and rows of wings of classrooms. [2] The superintendent of the CUHSD at the time of the district's expansion, Larry Hill, made a deal with the brickyard adjacent to Del Mar High School, (which is now Del Mar's football Bowl), to get the 'clinker' bricks at a discount. These were used in all the schools the district was building at the time, which is why many of the older buildings have a lot of brick in them. [3]

Larry Hill, (a.k.a. Laurance J. Hill), was also Campbell High School's principal, beginning in 1946, and is credited with much of the district's growth and planning in his years in office, which ended in 1969. An award in his name is given out every year at each high school in the district.

Campbell High School, although the namesake school of the district, was closed in 1982, because of declining enrollment in the area and in the district. Westmont and Del Mar's attendance boundaries subsequently expanded to pick up the slack. In 1985, after some negotiating, the City of Campbell purchased the campus, including the historic Heritage Theater, (built in 1938), and it became the Campbell Community Center. [4]

Branham High School was closed in 1990 and leased to Valley Christian until 1999, when the district decided it should be reopened. The result of its closure is that many of the other schools in the district still use equipment designated as belonging to Branham, although it is now open again. The first year Branham only had classes of freshmen and sophomores. The redistricting that took place for Branham in 1999 affected Leigh and Del Mar the most, the attendance boundaries stretching north to Campbell, and west to Camden. [5]

Blackford as a comprehensive high school closed in 1990, and became a continuation high school. In 2002, the district built a new facility on the same site as Blackford, and moved the continuation high school there, renaming it Boynton, after its street address. [6] They now lease out the Blackford campus to various other tenants. [7]

Technology Edit

The district network consists of 10 Gbit/s connections providing students and staff access to internal resources and 20 Gbit/s internet connection. All students and teachers have a district email account, which is run from the servers at the district office, and all teachers enter final grades electronically through AERIES, which allows students to access their transcripts and other official documents . [8] Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the district has been using Canvas as the main platform in which teachers enter grades, communicate with students and parents.

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Campbell Union High". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2022-10-05.
  2. ^ "CUHSD". Campbell Union High School District. Archived from the original on 2022-09-23. Retrieved 2022-10-05.
  3. ^ "Superintendent - CUHSD". Campbell Union High School District. Archived from the original on 2022-08-16. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  4. ^ "The Demographic Statistical Atlas of the United States - Statistical Atlas".
  5. ^ "3235 Union Avenue | San Jose, CA 95124 | (408) 371-0960 BoardDocs® Plus".
  • Miskulin, George F. A History of The Campbell Union High School District (1900-1988). pp. 25–26.
  • Kirwan, Aidan K. Branham: A Passionate History. 2018.
  • The CUHSD website
  • The History of Campbell High Schools on

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