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  • WASC accredited 1-12 program
  • Small class size ensures optimal support from teachers
  • College-preparatory curriculum, including honors & AP courses
  • Diverse international student body
Diversity. Creativity. Mastery. The mission of Balboa School is to provide a diverse educational environment that promotes high academic standards, cultivates creativity, and builds the skills necessary for college, career and civic life.

Zack Jones

Zack Jones


Washington DC

Head Coach

It used to be called "Chocolate City"

My Mom

San Antonio Spurs

Kareem Abdul Jabaar

The Predator

Soul Food

I'm an unemployed comedian

A former professional athlete, Zack Jones knows well the commitment, discipline and effort required to succeed at the highest levels of sport. And, as an academic administrator, he knows well those same requirements necessary for achievement in an educational setting. In his 27 years as a Principal and Vice Principal, he led his teams of administrators and educators in creating solid educational programs for junior and senior high school students. An instrumental leader at Balboa School, Zack is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the educational organization. He directs strategic planning, fundraising efforts, serves as a liaison with the academic curriculum, and raises awareness for the school.

Jones has been coaching for 30 years and due to the success of notoriety of his Men’s Basketball programs, he has had the opportunity of sending players to Division 1 level schools such as; Tennessee, Gonzaga, Kansas, Boston College, University of Oklahoma, St. Mary’s, USF, San Jose State University, Davidson, UC Riverside, Liberty University, UCLA , University of Arizona and many more.

Zack Jones is in his 5th year as Head Coach for Balboa School.

Notable Players- Jared Dudley-Phoenix Suns, Jeff Whithey- Dallas Mavericks, Nate Carter- Oklahoma, Marquise Carter-Gonzaga, Dominique Jones- Liberty University (NFL), Jaylen Hands- UCLA, Deandre Ayton -Arizona, Steve Winnick -New York Mets


Balboa School Head Coach (2014-Present)
2012 ABA Western Conference All-Star Head Coach
ABA 2-time Western Regional Champions (2010-2012)
ABA General Manager/Head Coach San Diego SOL (2010-2012)
Director/Founder Zack Jones School of Basketball (1985-Present)
Director Boys & Girls AAU-Supreme Court Basketball Club (1987-Present)
ABA General Manager/Head Coach San Diego Wildcats (2008)
Head Coach-The Rock Academy (2007-2010) record (52-14)
LNBP Head Coach Tijuana Galgos (2008 & 2009)
Men’s Basketball Coach NCAA Division I Liberty University (2005-2007)
Head Coach San Diego City College (1998-2004)
San Diego City College Play-Off Appearances (1998 & 2001)
San Diego City College- Pacific Coast Conference Champion 2001 (first in 32 years)
San Diego Pacific Coast Junior College Conference Coach of the Year 2001
Head Coach Horizon High School (1994-2005)
Citrus League Coach of the Year (’95, ’96, ’97)
Coastal League Coach of the Year (98, 99, 02, 03, 05)
San Diego Union Tribune Coach of the Year (1997)
Cal State Division V Coach of the Year (1997)
San Diego CIF Division V Coach of the Year (95, 96, 97, 98)
San Diego CIF Division IV Coach of the Year (99,00,02,03,04,05)
Cal State Division IV Coach of the Year (2002 & 2003)
California State Coach of the Year All Divisions (2003)
San Diego Hall of Champions Coach of the Year (2003)
Citrus League Champions (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98)
Coastal League Champions (98-99, 99-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05)
CIF Champions (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05)

California State Playoff Appearances- 1995 Final Four, 1996 Final Four, 1997 Championship Game, 1998 Final Four, 1999 Final 
Four, 2000 State Playoffs, 2002 State Champions, 2003 State Champions, 2004 State Playoffs, 2005 State Playoffs

Assistant Coach/Assistant Head Coach San Diego City College (1989-98) 
Coach Jones High School Basketball Program produced three (3) Players of the Year.