An independent day school for grades 6-12
Our fabulous retired librarian and historian, Deb Hunt, leads us on a walk down Crystal's memory lane. Don’t hesitate to contact her on Facebook with photos, remembrances, and questions.

Mansion History

The Uplands Mansion (Upper School campus)
In 1911, the original owner of the Uplands mansion, Templeton Crocker, commissioned renowned SF architect Willis Polk to design the home as a wedding present for his new bride. Find out more about the Mansion's history written by CSUS historian and former librarian Deb Hunt.

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List of 3 news stories.

  • A Tradition of Service and Giving

    Deb Hunt found this archival photo of Chris Larsen ‘95 (facing the camera) and classmates participating in a "Hunger Banquet."

    Alumni Storyteller Deb Hunt remembers different community service traditions over the decades. Click headline for more, and share your stories and photos with Also, join our Alumni Facebook Group for weekly “throwback” postings by Deb.
  • Celebrating Halloween at Crystal in 1977 with Michelle Casey ’78, Zach Griffin ’80 and Nick Podell ’80. Deb notes that “CSUS had been co-ed for about six weeks when this photo was taken.”

    Haunted Halloween in the Mansion

    During the heyday of Crystal Springs School for Girls, there were a number of annual traditions that revolved around holidays. In October, of course, the big event was Halloween. For years, the exciting part for seniors was not the costumes, but decorating the Mansion and sleeping overnight in the Head of School’s office and the student lounge (now called the Mansion Conference Room) afterward.
  • Jones Gulch, a September tradition

    Right after Labor Day in the 1970s and 80s, the entire school climbed onto buses and rode up to the Jones Gulch YMCA Camp above La Honda for our annual back-to-school retreat.

Crystal Springs Uplands School

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Middle School
10 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
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Upper School
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010
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