History

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A Track Record of Success

Founded in 1997 by Mark Kushner, working with an interdisciplinary team from some of Harvard’s graduate schools, Leadership High School was born of a recognition of the tremendous value of cultivating leadership ability in youth and the desire to create a small, innovative, and rigorous school environment that would prepare high school students to succeed in college and to lead change in their communities.

Leadership has now graduated nearly 1,000 students, with over 94% of graduates going on to college. The high success rate—particularly with students who will be the first in their families to earn a four-year college degree—led the San Francisco Unified School District to unanimously approve the school’s charter renewal in 2012.

Leadership has been located at multiple sites throughout our history, but we have laid down strong roots in the Excelsior/Mission Terrace neighborhood and are excited to have started a new chapter in our permanent home at 350 Seneca Avenue in a state-of-the art facility.

Our history is characterized by proven success, resilience, and responsiveness to our students’ needs—and we are committed to staying true to that vision.