Originally Posted by BTinSF
I thought the High School of the Arts was in that building on Oak between Franklin and Gough (a block from the new Conservatory of Music). They built a new gymnasium across Oak for whatever school that is a few years ago (could be many years ago now--time flies).
No, that's the a former CalTrans building that became the shared campus of the French-American International School and the Chinese-American International School which opened in 1997. They just completed a major renovation of the facility in time for this academic year.
The old Commerce High School (on Van Ness and across Hayes from Davies Symphony Hall) eventually became the Board of Education headquarters for many years prior to their moving into their new headquarters behind the Veteran's Building in Civic Center. You can find old pictures of the CHS athletic field which was behind it across Franklin Street, where the new little condo building is rising.
The current SOTA (School of the Arts) is closer to me at 555 Portola on the former McAteer High School campus. Prior to their relocating there for the 2002-2003 school year, SOTA was on its original campus on Font Boulevard, which is completely surrounded by San Francisco State University. That parcel has been in the middle of a squabble between the Board of Education and the University for quite some time.