Santa Barbara High School

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General Information

  • Grades Served: 9-12
  • Address: 700 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 | Map
  • Phone: (805) 966-9101
  • Fax: (805) 965-6872
  • TDD: (805) 966-9101 x281
  • Principal: Dr. Elise Simmons
  • E-mail: esimmons@sbunified.org
  • School Mascot: Dons
  • School Colors: Olive and Gold
  • Website: sbhs.sbunified.org

School Highlights

Santa Barbara High School (SBHS), founded in 1875, is the third oldest high school in California. Until the establishment of San Marcos High School in 1958 and Dos Pueblos High School in 1966, Santa Barbara High School was the sole public high school to serve the Santa Barbara-Goleta community. Occupying a 40-acre campus, the current Spanish-style school was built in 1924. With a rich local history, Santa Barbara High School is known throughout the community as the “Home of the Dons.”

In addition to a wide range of traditional course offerings, SBHS is home to three academies, which operate much like a “school within a school”: The Multimedia Arts and Design Academy (MAD), the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA), and the Computer Science Academy (CSA).

School Recognition

California Distinguished High School (1986)

Six-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (granted 2009-2010)

Feeder Schools and their District

La Cumbre Junior High School – Santa Barbara Unified School District

Santa Barbara Junior High School – Santa Barbara Unified School District