Date of Graduation

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership (O&L)


School of Education



First Advisor

Darrick Smith


Thurgood Marshall Academic High School, located in San Francisco’s Bayview, Hunters Point, scored the third lowest in the most recent Academic Performance Index (API) Report. Based on the median household income, the Bayview is a low-income community and according to San Francisco data, is a high crime neighborhood. The odds are against Marshall to provide exceptional service to their students, but it once did. In 2001, Marshall had the highest college-going rate in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Today, only 20% of its student body would be considered college ready. This study will look into what happened to Marshall. Specifically, what factors lead to Marshall losing its college-going culture and underperforming. Research shows that schools, similar to Marshall, are not supposed to work. Well, Marshall was working, and based on the efforts of SFUSD, which included lowering graduation requirements and not renewing the contract of the Principal, Marshall is today, one of the lowest performing schools in San Francisco.