555 Portola Drive
San Franciscan lost a favorite hang out, restaurant, or club in late the
1990s and early 2000s, but it's hard to imagine losing your high school.
That's just what happened when the San Francisco Unified School District
J Eugene McAteer High School on Portola Avenue following
the graduation of the class of 2002. The McAteer location is the new home
of the School of the Arts High School. Students from McAteer, one of the
city's lowest performing schools, will be moved to better schools as part
of a plan approved by the Board of Education. Native San Franciscan J Eugene
McAteer (1916-1967) was a lawyer, businessman, and decorated naval officer.
As a State Senator, McAteer was a progressive legislator who authored bills
on education, conservation, and social reform. He is also remembered as
a friend of the labor movement.