San Francisco Neighborhood History

June 12-16, 2017 | 9 am to 3 pm « Back

San Francisco is one of the world’s great cities, but how did it come to be that way? This course will explore the connections between the San Francisco of today and the city of the Barbary Coast days. Students will research the demographic, social and political origins of specific neighborhoods and trace their histories right up to the 21st century.  Students will physically explore these neighborhoods, cameras and smartphones at the ready, to capture aspects of the city we love. The course will culminate with a multimedia group project requiring students to create and publish digital presentations of their favorite neighborhoods.


  • $325 by the “Early Bird” deadline of April 19, 2017
  • $375 after April 19, 2017

Ages: Students entering 7th-9th grades in the fall of 2017

Lunch is included!


Instructor: Mike Knapp

Mike Knapp is a fourth-year English teacher at SHC. He is a Boston native who moved to San Francisco in 2010 to work for Facebook. Mr. Knapp always wanted to teach high school and earned a Master of Arts in teaching from the University of Southern California in 2013. Before arriving in San Francisco, Mr. Knapp majored in English (literary theory) at Dartmouth College and graduated in 2009. He is also the head men’s coach at San Francisco’s Pacific Rowing Club on Lake Merced. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and playing basketball.

Check out a sample photo essay from one of our past San Francisco Neighborhood History weeks.