Our Story

Established in 1950 in San Jose, the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) serves over 24,000 high school students- the largest high school enrollment in northern California. Our highly diverse community has a tradition of involvement and interest in its schools and we have become known among students and parents alike for our robust career technical education programs and partnerships with higher education and growing industries throughout Silicon Valley.

In addition to standard tests, we ask students to complete performance tasks that demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving. By applying their knowledge and skills to real-world problems, we help all students thrive in high school and enjoy continued success well beyond graduation.

Board Members

Pattie CortesePresident
Lan NguyenVice President
J. Manuel HerreraMember
Lorena ChavezMember
Van T. LeClerk


Tim NguyenDirector of Career Services

We want every student to graduate prepared for college and career

The Governing Board is committed to equal opportunity for all. This means that district programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Demographics of East Side

Based in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, the East Side High School District is home to more than 574,500 people. The curriculum in our schools reflect our community’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity. Students also benefit from our strong partnerships with local community colleges, businesses and four-year colleges/universities.


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Certified Teachers


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European American


African American



In the news

Opinion: What parents should know about success and skilled trades

"I recently met with educators from the East Side Union High School District in San Jose who told me stories about the kids that get left behind after graduation."

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