San José High School Unveiling of New Hallway Murals

November 26, 2019

Features School’s International Baccalaureate Program Learner Profiles

Who: San José High School (SJHS), California’s second oldest public high school, has added new murals to their campus. The vibrant works of art showcase the school’s educational atmosphere; highlighting the aims and values taught at the school through its rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The murals were chosen and created by members of the SJHS Art Club and feature a variety of figures that embody the ten aspirational qualities of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile.


  • Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m. Opening Remarks by Sarah Field, Principal and Yolanda Guerra, San José High Art Teacher and mural sponsor
  • “Art Gallery” Open Viewing. The community is invited to view the new murals, enjoy an additional exhibition displaying various works of student projects created by the SJHS Visual Arts and Engineering Departments and listen to a performance by the San José High School Music Department
  • Light refreshments will be served

What: The five new murals represent the International Baccalaureate®(IB) Learner Profiles. The IB Learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success and encourages a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. San José High students selected figures throughout history who exemplify the ten aspirational qualities of the learner profile. IB Learners are taught to be: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective.
Funded by a grant from the Luna Park Arts Foundation, San José High Art students created five murals to recognize individuals in the local and global community that demonstrate IB and SJHS values. More than fifty well known individuals are featured in the paintings including Michelle Obama, Norman Mineta, and Cesar Chavez.

Where: San José High School, 275 North 24th Street, San Jose, CA 95116 / SJHS B-Hallway

Why: Inspiring and motivating the work of teachers, students, and the entire school community, the ten aspirational qualities are woven throughout the prestigious IB program and provide a clear vision of the aims and values of the IB. By highlighting well known figures who have embodied IB Learner Profiles, the murals will provide a daily reminder and inspiration to SJHS students to pursue these same qualities within their own lives.

About San José Unified
San José Unified (SJUSD) is an innovative urban school district that prepares today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow. Serving close to 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school in 41 schools from Downtown San José to Almaden Valley, SJUSD is Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system.



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