Philosophy and Goals

SFWHS supports the high ideals of a healthy participation in athletic endeavors. Our sports program gives students the opportunity to participate in team sports, to work together to understand the meaning of teamwork, to learn the importance of discipline, respect, and sportsmanship, especially in the face of adversity. It gives the athletes a healthy regime of physical exercise to balance the challenges of their daily academic work.

Student-athletes learn how to balance their academic work with their athletic endeavors. Coaches and teachers work together with students to help them understand the importance of achieving this balance and, when possible, to help them learn how to develop skills for keeping their commitments in balance.

Our school places a very high priority on good sportsmanship from our athletes, coaches, and parents. The Bay Area Conference, of which SFWHS is a member, strongly echoes this priority and works diligently to encourage and enforce the code of good sportsmanship.

All student athletes are expected to embrace the school's tradition of outstanding sportsmanship, citizenship, and fair play.

The school calls upon parent support for these standards of excellence, which are needed to ensure that the proper values are in place for our athletes as guidelines for their participation.

The Third Principle of the CIF's Sixteen Principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor provides a good summary of SFWHS ideals:

"To promote sportsmanship and foster the development of good character, school sports programs must be conducted in a manner that enhances the academic, emotional, socila, physical, and ehtical development of student athletes and teaches them positive life skills that will help them become personally successful and socially responsible."