110. Mission High School, San Francisco, California - 1905

As you meander through the trendy, lively Mission District – San Francisco’s very first neighborhood, which is enjoying renewed popularity these days – you encounter the imposing Mission High School complex at 3750 18th Street.

Mission High’s first permanent building was dedicated in 1897, solidifying the venerable school’s place as the first comprehensive high school west of the Rocky Mountains. Mission High still stands in its original location not far from Mission Dolores, site of San Francisco’s 1776 settlement by Franciscan padres. The high school’s original building, designed in Italian Renaissance Beaux-Arts style, is seen in our 1905 postcard view.

Although it survived the 1906 Earthquake and served as a neighborhood shelter in the aftermath of the disaster, Mission High burned down in the 1920s, forcing replacement of its campus structures, which now exhibit Mediterranean Revival/Baroque Churrigueresque (Spanish Rococo) style. The school’s interior includes two 1936 murals by California artist Edith Anne Hamlin depicting the founding of Mission Dolores. Mission High maintains a museum that documents the evolution of this proud school, which has been designated a San Francisco historic site.

Mission High School
3750 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-2699