San José High School (SJHS) is the second oldest public high school in California and was founded in 1863. The school mascot is the Bulldog.
In 1985, the school was renamed San Jose Academy as part of the federal magnet schools concept, but on March 25, 2010, it returned to its original name, San José High School. The school has offered the International Baccalaureate program since 1985. Since 1999 the school also has offered the IB Middle Years Program along with its major feeder middle school, Peter Burnett Academy (middle school). In Newsweek magazine's 2005 ranking of United States high schools, San Jose High Academy was ranked 220th.
The campus facility has had several renovations in 2000, 2004, and 2007–present. A new science building opened in March 2009. A new state-of-the-art Career Technology Engineering building was opened for classes in September 2010. The new facility houses the Engineering and the Project Lead the Way Program (pre-engineering program). Recently, the school has had an increase of students of over 1200 students. The largest population since the late 1980's.