The lone High School in Mill Valley, Tamalpais High School opened its doors as Tamalpais Union Polytechnic High…More School in August 1908 with just 64 students and three teachers. Tam High now has more than 1,100 students who can chose from countless number of activities, clubs, sports and academic challenges.
The campus, once a barren hillside, received an eight-year, $100 million dollar renovation that was completed in 2010. The school's familiar clock tower still rises over the campus, but it now boasts an Olympic-sized pool, a state-of-the-art Caldwell Performing Arts Center, and a completely rebuilt academic centerpiece in Keyser Hall. Many of the school's venerated spaces remain, however, from Mead Amphitheatre, which was built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and where comedian Lenny Bruce once performed, to Gustafson Gym, where the sock-hop scene in George Lucas' "American Graffiti" was filmed.
The school has achieved a number of academic and athletic feats in recent years. Tam received a California Distinguished School Award in 1999, 2005, and 2009, and the school's newspaper, Tamalpais News has won awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the National Scholastic Association. In 2000, Tam boys' basketball team won the state championship, and in 2005, the Tam Mock Trial Team won the National Championship.