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C.K. McClatchy High School is a very prestigious Sacramento City Unified School District High School. It is located in the Land Park area of Sacramento, California, USA . McClatchy High School is also the second-oldest high school in Sacramento, having been established in 1937. McClatchy High School is home to over forty clubs, as well as over 50,000 alumnae.
 Population growth in the city of Sacramento during the 1930’s prompted the construction of the city’s second high school—C.K. McClatchy Senior High School. Funding to build the school came from local sources and the Public Works Administration, one of the New Deal programs instituted by President Franklin Roosevelt to stimulate the U.S. economy in the wake of the Great Depression.
The school was designed by the local architectural firm of Starks and Flanders, which had also designed other landmark buildings in the city including the Elks Temple, the U.S. Post Office, and the Courthouse—all located in downtown Sacramento.
On May 20, 1937, local dignitaries and students from the city’s junior high schools gathered to watch the laying of the school’s cornerstone which bears the name of C.K. McClatchy, the late editor and owner of The Sacramento Bee.
On September 19, 1937, the school was officially dedicated. Sitting on 30 acres, the school included a band room complete with soundproof practice rooms as well as dressing and music rooms near the auditorium. A nurse’s suite with bathrooms and a sun porch were also features of the new campus.
The school is an architectural hybrid. According to the application for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, CKM “shares the pared down, stylized design typical of many PWA projects. Moderne in its massing and simplicity of line, it carries stylized elements of Classical Revival—perhaps more accurately, ‘Mannerist Revival’—architecture.”
For over 70 years, the school has served students in the Sacramento area. Many local, state, national, and international figures graduated from CKM. Currently, approximately 2,000 students attend the school.
In 2002, the school was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2005, C.K. McClatchy High School began to be recognized as a California distinguished school. Since, McClatchy continues to be unique among California high schools by “beating the trends.” CKM’s school-wide measure of achievement—the Academic Performance Index (API)—jumped 32 points to 745 in 2008, an additional 11 points in 2009 to 756 and the trend is expected to continue.
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