Kevin Skelly
  • Dear Families and Community Members,

    It is my honor and privilege to serve as the superintendent of the San Mateo High School District.  We are committed to creating the best learning environment for our almost nine thousand students.  Our teachers, administration, and other staff members work hard to make sure district students receive a transformative educational experience. 

    We believe the four years students spend in high school are some of the most important and transformative in a young person's life.  We appreciate the support we receive from our community in this endeavor. 


    Kevin Skelly, Ph.D.



    Dr. Kevin Skelly, Ph.D. has been the superintendent of schools for the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) since his appointment in July 2015. The District has approximately 9,000 students in grades 9-12 from the communities of San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae, and San Bruno. The district also operates a large adult school and is the chartering district for D-tech High School.

    Dr. Skelly began his educational career working for a program serving talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Washington, D.C. Skelly was also a high school Math and Spanish teacher and a basketball coach. In 1993, he began an eleven year stint as principal at Saratoga High School in Santa Clara County. From 2004-2007, he was Associate Superintendent of the Poway Unified School District followed by seven years as the Superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified School District.

    Dr. Skelly graduated from Harvard University with honors and a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He earned a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration at the University of California, Berkeley. Skelly lives in San Mateo with his wife. They have four grown children and recently celebrated the birth of their first grandchild.