Santa Cruz City Schools

Santa Cruz High

Santa Cruz High School is a comprehensive public college prep high school with a small school feel. It serves a student body of approximately 1,100 students representing a range of ethnicities, cultures, interests, and beliefs. Its historic main building has been a landmark of downtown Santa Cruz for over 100 years. Built on a smaller footprint than the other district High Schools, Santa Cruz has an intimate and stimulating environment, but its facilities face unique challenges in economic utilizations of space. In the last bond, Santa Cruz was able to accomplish a lot of vital infrastructure work—repairing water, power and sewage lines (some of which were many decades old). Going forward, Santa Cruz needs a great deal of modernization and HVAC work to ensure that it can continue to provide the vibrant learning environments its students and families have come to expect.

As we work to improve all classroom environments, Santa Cruz City Schools is committed to sustainability and moving toward our goal of Net Zero emissions campuses. All modernization projects included in the Facility Master Plan Update shall include the following sustainability components:


415 Walnut Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3633


Enrollment: 1088




160,642 SF


15.48 Acres

  • LED lighting to replace inefficient fluorescent
  • dual pane windows to replace older single pane
  • new high efficiency HVAC systems with increased outside air intake and CO2 detection
  • responsible roofing to reduce heating and cooling energy and to reduce radiant heat
  • increased insulation
  • use of locally sourced and recycled materials.
  • added solar structures where possible
  • Safety

Within the Facility Master Plan Update, safety and security improvements 

have been evaluated and the following components have been included for future implementation

  • security fencing and gates
  • supervised campus entries 
  • site visibility
  • door hardware & remote, smart locking systems
  • window treatments 
  • a robust security camera system for each school

Future Projects

Interactive site plan for upcoming projects


Projects related to this campus.