History

The LWHS community must work together to bring the Strategic Plan to life.
In 1895, The California School for Mechanical Arts opened its doors as a tuition-free school to develop educated craftspeople who would help build a rapidly expanding city. Today, Lick-Wilmerding High School continues to graduate students who are distinguished by the skills to create buildings, systems, and relationships that will govern human experience.

Now, LWHS embarks on one of the most ambitious projects in its long history—one that will increase access to the school and create teaching and learning spaces that will deepen students’ preparedness for life beyond LWHS.
In 2013, the Board of Trustees completed an extensive strategic planning process, building on George Merrill’s original goal of educating students to participate in shaping the world, rather than letting the world impose itself upon them. 

The four tenets of the current strategic plan include:
  • Advance teaching and learning with habits of mind.
  • Plan for a connected campus.
  • Sustain a vibrant learning community.
  • Foster success.
During the campus master planning process in 2014, the Board of Trustees discovered three critical findings:
  • The student population has grown more than 100% since the classroom building was constructed in 1955. In order to provide a LWHS education to even more well-deserving students, the school needs more classrooms, labs, and collaborative spaces to serve a larger population.
  • Currently, classrooms in the main building are at maximum capacity—100% of the rooms are in use 100% of the time. This leaves no space for new courses or flexible use of classrooms.
  • The main academic building has seismic challenges that must be addressed by 2018.
  • The recommendation from the Campus Master Plan is to construct an open, light-filled, main academic classroom building fit for 21st century teaching and learning, thereby providing the LWHS community with spaces that fully support the school’s mission.

Lick-Wilmerding High School

755 Ocean Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94112 | 415.333.4021
A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.