Babysitters in San Francisco

The Golden Gate can be mesmerizing, which is probably why so many people suffer memory loss and leave their hearts in San Francisco. The late and noted Pulitzer Prize winner, Herb Caen, chronicled the city for decades, dubbing it “Baghdad by the Bay”. San Francisco rocks, and that isn’t just a saying. Scientists say that land along the San Andreas Fault Zone is moving at such a clip that Los Angeles and San Francisco will be next-door neighbors in a mere 15 million years!

Before that happens, though, you may find yourself in need of a babysitter, so that you can go visit the famous Haight-Ashbury district, and look at all the hippies. Or, you may opt for some fine Italian dining in North Beach. Either way, the following sources for sitters may help you.

Top 5 Colleges – Find Sitters

USF – The motto for the University of San Francisco is “Change the World from Here”. The “change” began modestly enough, as only three students showed up for the inaugural class, in October of 1855. The school was then known as St. Ignatius Academy; the current name was adopted in 1930. The Academy was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake, along with much of the rest of San Francisco, but the school was quickly rebuilt. Almost 10,000 are now enrolled in one of the West’s top universities.

San Francisco State University – Founded as a teaching college at the turn of the 20th Century, the first graduating class, in 1901, consisted of 36 women. USF students participated in nearly 400,000 hours of community service work during the 2009-2010 school year.

Stanford – Named for its founder, Leland Stanford, the university has grown to become one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education. The original endowment came from Leland Stanford’s Gold Rush and railroad fortune. Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is an alumnus.

UC-Berkeley – 10 faculty members and forty students were on-hand when the University of California at Berkeley first opened, in 1869, as the College of California. The school has established itself as a focal point of student activism, with an engaged student body. The school is home to the famous Greek Theater, founded more than 100 years ago by William Randolph Hearst. The theater has hosted performances ranging from Luciano Pavarotti to the Grateful Dead.

CCSF – The City College of San Francisco, on nine campuses, serves almost 100,000 students annually. The college is also the home of the famous Diego Rivera mural, Pan American Unity. Alumni include Barbara Eden of Bewitched fame and noted Lovelock Correctional Center inmate Orenthal James Simpson.

Top 5 High Schools – Find Sitters

Balboa – Those in the know simply call it “Bal”, and the school touts itself as “First on the Pacific”. The 1100-plus Buccaneers hail from a diverse urban landscape, and the school was the first in California to have a student-based health clinic.

Galileo – Formerly Galileo High School, now known as the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, the school is located in San Francisco’s famous Russian Hill district.

Mission – At the edge of the famed Mission district, Mission High has a rich local flavor. The oldest standing building in the city, the Mission San Francisco de Asis, is in the neighborhood.

Independence – For more than 30 years, this school has offered a unique curriculum for students, emphasizing one-to-one student/teacher relationships.

Gateway – Gateway is a college preparatory charter high school, offering small classes and a stimulating academic environment.