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Capuchino Ranked as One of U.S. Top High Schools by Newsweek

Six schools in the San Mateo Union High School District made the list.

San Bruno's Capuchino High School was ranked among the nation's best by Newsweek magazine. (Photo: Patch Archive)
San Bruno's Capuchino High School was ranked among the nation's best by Newsweek magazine. (Photo: Patch Archive)

Written by Kari Hulac, Joan Dentler, Bea Karnes

 

Capuchino High School was ranked No. 1565 on Newsweek magazine's list of the top high schools in the U.S. for 2013.

Bay Area schools fared well on this list of 2,000 schools, with six in the top 114, including Monte Vista High in Cupertino (No. 103) and Mission San Jose in Fremont (No. 114). 

In the San Mateo Union High School District, Capuchino was joined by Aragon (ranked No. 208), Burlingame (ranked No. 280), Hillsdale (ranked No. 711), Mills (ranked No. 529) and San Mateo (ranked No. 543) and high schools.

Newsweek's list highlights schools in the nation that turns out college-ready grads. The formula is based on graduation rate, college acceptance rate, AP tests, SAT scores and other similar factors.

According to the Newsweek articleCapuchino High School boasts a graduation rate of 92 percent; 89 percent of its students are college-bound; and it scored an average of 1503 on the SAT and 20.5 on the ACT. 

Aragon High School has a graduation rate of 99 percent; 97 percent of students are college bound; and students scored an average of 1707 on the SAT and 26.4 on the ACT. 

Burlingame High School has a graduation rate of 99 percent; 99 percent of students are college bound; and students scored an average of 1649 on the SAT and 25 on the ACT. 

Hillsdale’s graduation rate is 97 percent; 94 percent of its students are college-bound; with an average of 1,606 on the SAT, and 24.2 on the ACT.

Mills High School has a graduation rate of 92 percent; 97 percent of students are college bound; and students scored an average of 1703 on the SAT and 26 on the ACT. 

San Mateo High School’s graduation rate is 90 percent; with 95 percent of its students headed for college with an average SAT score of 1,715 and 27.1 on the ACT.

To see the full list, click here.


Bob Dinero December 03, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Great news! Ranked #208!! Keep it up Mustangs! How about changing the name of the school to 'San Bruno' high. Just a thought. After googling the name, I found out that it was formerly the Spanish Rancho del Capuchino. What does that mean? No additional information provided. Can we have a name that represents our resilient town instead of something that sounds like a latte drink?
Bea Karnes (Editor) December 04, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Hi Bob, One of my fellow editors was tinkering with the story for posting on another site when you noted the #208. He has since fixed the article. Capuchino is actually 1565. Please remember that's out of the entire nation. To even make this list is an accomplishment. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are more than 26,000 public high schools.
Raymond Giusti December 04, 2013 at 11:20 AM
A Capuchino is a member of a religious order (The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, a sub order of the Franciscan ). Cappuccino is a drink inspired BY the Order of Friars. Jose De La Cruz Sanchez the former land holder of Rancho Buri Buri created Rancho de Capuchin in order to pay respect to the order.
Karin Cunningham December 04, 2013 at 01:14 PM
I think "San Bruno High School" has pride recognition!
Tasha Gilchrist December 04, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Bob, Capuchino is a family name. They owned Spanish Rancho del Capuchino where they raised mustangs (hence the school mascot) and gifted the land for the school, which is why it's name for them.
Heidi Beck December 04, 2013 at 01:44 PM
I wonder where Newsweek gets its figures. I was just looking up graduation rates on the CA dept of education website because these numbers looked odd to me. I'd take these rankings with a HUGE grain of salt.
Raymond Giusti December 04, 2013 at 01:53 PM
San Bruno High School sounds very pedestrain. As a graduate and a resident of the city, I say leave as it is. Tasha, where did you get that info?
Karin Cunningham December 04, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Pedestrian? That's a funny description but I see what you mean now that I have heard the meaning for Capuchino and the "Mustangs"!
Bob Dinero December 04, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Tasha, thank you for sharing the information. If what you say is true, then we should probably keep the name and be thankful for what the family did. Go Mustangs!
John devincenzi December 06, 2013 at 12:48 PM
The name of the Rancho that was part of the original Spanish land grant was Rancho Buri Buri, the name of the family was Sanchez, the Sanchez Adobe was one of their buildings. They raised cattle not mustangs. Capuchino is an iteration of the Cappuchine monks, it also may be a word for monkey. South San Francisco, Burlingame, San Mateo, Hillsdale and in an abbreviated form Millbrae all have the local high schools named after the community. Capuchino was not, one reason (not the only) was that when it was built Capuchino served both the Millbrae and San Bruno communities. That is really not the case today with the way the school district has drawn the lines. The idea of San Bruno High School was floated in 1980 when the district closed Crestmoor High. The idea was that it would represent the entire community. School and district officials shot that idea down very quickly.
Heidi Beck December 06, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Cappuccio is a cowl/hood in Italian (Kapuze, in German). Capuchin monks' robes are distinguished by their hood, hence this order of Franciscans came to be known by the name of their habit. (And the coffee drink, the cappuccino, resembles the color of the Capuchins' robes.) A capuchin monkey is so-called because its hair resembles the Capuchin cowl. I don't know too much about local history, but what Raymond Giusti says about Jose De La Cruz Sanchez, the former land holder of Rancho Buri Buri, creating Rancho de Capuchin in order to pay respect to the religious order, jibes with what I know. And here's a bit of local trivia: Why are Mills HS colors red and gold? When Mills was created, the students came from Burlingame and Capuchino, so the student body voted to choose a color from each school for the new school: red from Burlingame and gold from Cap.

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