Our History

Santa Barbara Junior High School has a long and proud history. We often have former students, from recent years and many years before, return to this beautiful, historic landmark to connect with staff or the building itself.

Situated in the heart of Santa Barbara's Eastside community, Santa Barbara Junior High School was the first junior high in the City of Santa Barbara. It was first established in 1924 and opened its doors in 1932.

SBJH students reflect our beautiful and diverse community with the majority of our students coming from our 7 feeder elementary schools: Adelante, Cleveland, Cold Spring, Franklin, Montecito Union, Peabody, Roosevelt, and Washington. Santa Barbara Junior High has always been committed to promoting opportunities for academic excellence and developing personal and civic responsibility in a safe, respectful and caring environment.

Santa Barbara Junior High is also the home of the Marjorie Luke Theatre, a cultural and community performing arts center. Built by skilled WPA artisans, dedicated to their crafts and completed in 1933, this theatre has a long history of music, dance and theatre. This legacy is infused with inspirational teaching by people who encouraged young people to take risks and explore their creative talents. In 2003, after a groundswell of energy lead by parents, students, administrators and SBJHS alums, the historic theatre was brought back to, and beyond, its original splendor. Learn more about the Theatre and their events by visiting their webpage, linked here.

Additional information about SBJHS and Santa Barbara Unified School District can be found on the Santa Barbara Unified School District Website website, linked here.