Archbishop Mitty High School

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Archbishop Mitty High School
Archbishop Mitty High School logo.svg
5000 Mitty Avenue
San José, California, (Santa Clara County), 95129
United States
Coordinates 37°18′56″N 121°59′36″W / 37.31556°N 121.99333°W / 37.31556; -121.99333Coordinates: 37°18′56″N 121°59′36″W / 37.31556°N 121.99333°W / 37.31556; -121.99333
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1964
Founder Archbishop Joseph T. McGucken
Oversight Diocese of San Jose
Principal Tim Brosnan
Teaching staff 100 full time faculty
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,700 (2011)
Average class size 25
Student to teacher ratio 12 students to 1 teacher
Campus Suburban
Campus size 24 acres (9.7 ha)
Color(s) Black and Gold         
Fight song "Hail To The Black and Gold"
Athletics conference West Catholic Athletic League
Mascot Archie the Lion
Team name Monarchs
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Average SAT scores 1220
Average ACT scores 19
Newspaper 'The Monarch'
Yearbook 'Excalibur'
Endowment $9 million
Tuition $16,350
Feeder schools over 115 feeder schools
Alumni 10,000 alumni
Assistant Principal for Admissions Tim Hopkins
Assistant Principal for Teacher Development Keith Matthews
Chief Financial Officer Jorge Helmer
Executive Director of Advancement Latanya Hilton
Dean of Students Jim Fallis

Archbishop Mitty High School (commonly known as Mitty) is a private, Roman Catholic high school located in San Jose, California, USA. The school is named for the late Archbishop John Joseph Mitty, the fourth Archbishop of San Francisco. It was the first diocesan Catholic high school in the Santa Clara Valley. Construction of the school began in 1963, and when completed, the campus occupied its present twenty-four acres. It is owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California.

In 2009, Mitty's athletic program was ranked first in California and third in the United States by Sports Illustrated, and in 2010 as well as 2011, Mitty's athletic program was ranked first in California and second in the United States by MaxPreps.


Construction of Archbishop Mitty High School began in 1963. Initially, brothers and priests of the Society of Mary (Marianists) were given responsibility to conduct the school. The school opened in the fall of 1964 with 189 male students. The first classes of Archbishop Mitty were held on the grounds of the adjacent Queen of Apostles Elementary School, but moved to the newly completed high school buildings in April 1965. Archbishop Mitty High School expanded its student body in 1969 and began sharing classes with Mother Butler Memorial High School (which is now the Harker School) and St. Lawrence Girls High School, with consolidation of the three schools to be completed by the fall of 1972. With the creation of the Diocese of San Jose in 1981, Archbishop Mitty became the only high school owned and operated by the Diocese. Today, the school campus encompasses 24 acres (9.7 ha) in West San Jose along Lawrence Expressway. In 1990, Bishop Pierre DuMaine appointed Mr. Tim Brosnan principal of Archbishop Mitty High School.


Archbishop Mitty High School is located in west San Jose. The school is located near highway 280, and is bordered by Lawrence Expressway on one side and Queen of Apostles School on the other. Mitty has a 24-acre (9.7 ha) campus. The main entrance and staff and faculty parking lot are located in front of the school. There is also a flag pole and the school sign near the main entrance. To the west there is the student parking lot, located near the Fien and MacLean Gyms. Towards the east side of the campus are the tennis courts and the junior parking lot. The junior parking lot is in close proximity to the baseball and softball fields. Towards the back of the school is the track and the football field. Under the football grandstand is the newly built Caputo Weight Training Room, which is open to students and faculty. The pool is located parallel to the football field. Alumna and Olympic volleyball champion Kerri Walsh donated a new professional sand volleyball court, which is located towards the back of the school, behind the baseball field. In December 2011 the Schott Family Music Center, complete with recording studios, opened, allowing the old band room to be converted into a dance studio that was re-opened in January 2012.


Approximately 100 full- and part-time faculty teach at Archbishop Mitty High School. Currently, more than 70% of these faculty members possess advanced degrees. All full-time faculty are represented by a labor union and have a collective bargaining agreement with the Diocese of San Jose that governs the terms of their employment. The labor union's official name is The San Francisco Archdiocesan Federation of Teachers, Local 2240, which is an affiliate of the California Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers, and the AFL-CIO.

Student body[edit]

In front of Archbishop Mitty High School.

As of the 2011-2012 school year, there are 1680 students who attend Archbishop Mitty High School. While the racial composition of Archbishop Mitty changes every year, the student body is currently 42.8% White, 14.0% Asian, 24.9% Hispanic, 2.0% African-American, and 9.3% from other races. In terms of religious affiliation, 70% of the student body is Catholic. Many students and live in the San Jose Bay Area, but some students are noted to come drive from San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Gilroy, Sacramento, and Hollister.


As a Catholic college preparatory school, Archbishop Mitty requires coursework in English, mathematics, social studies, science, modern language, fine arts, physical education, and religious studies. Archbishop Mitty also provides honors and Advanced Placement program, offering students over 34 AP courses and honors courses. Students are required to have a minimum semester course load of six classes. Many students take seven or eight classes per semester.

Tablet computers in education[edit]

As of the 2012-2013 school year, Archbishop Mitty High School was the first high school in the world to give Apple Inc. iPad tablet computers to all students and teachers. The 2011-2012 school year was a pilot year where a few select students were given iPads as a test. The iPads are equipped with certain electronic books and application programs ("apps") that the students are allowed to use. The App Store has been blocked, so students are not able to buy any other apps other than what the school provides. Even though the App Store has been blocked, the iPod/music software are unlocked, but students are only allowed to use these apps outside of the classroom.


The Archbishop Mitty Monarchs field 67 teams in 25 sports, most of them in the West Catholic Athletic League. Sports include football, badminton, basketball, baseball, cross country, field hockey, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, and lacrosse. Mitty's rivals include Bellarmine College Prep and Saint Francis High School (Mountain View).

Archbishop Mitty also fields three officially recognized club sports teams that do not compete in the West Catholic Athletic League. The ice hockey team plays at Sharks Ice at San Jose in a CIF-run high school hockey league. The roller hockey team plays in the high school league at Rollin' Ice in the Silver Creek Sportsplex, which is located in East San Jose.

In 2010 and 2011, Mitty's athletic program was ranked second in the state and fourth in the nation by MaxPreps.[2]

Men's athletics[edit]

Archbishop Mitty has very successful basketball programs. Nationally, MaxPreps ranked the men's team 48th in 2007,[2] 37th in 2008,[2] 29th in 2011,[2] and 12th in 2012.[2]

In 2010, Mitty's baseball program was ranked 1st in California and voted National Champions.[2]

Women's athletics[edit]

In 2009, Mitty's athletic program was ranked first in the state and third in the nation by Sports Illustrated, after Mitty won state championships in softball, women's volleyball, women's swimming, and women's tennis.[3]

Nationally, MaxPreps ranked the women's basketball team 6th in 2007,[2] 31st in 2010,[2] and 16th in 2012.[2]

That year, Mitty's softball team went undefeated.[2] Nationally, MaxPreps ranked the softball team 13th in 2011,[2] and 6th in 2012.[2]

Nationally, MaxPreps ranked the women's volleyball team 2nd in 2007,[2] 2nd in 2008,[2] 1st with an undefeated record in 2009,[2] and 2nd in 2012.[2] The women's varsity volleyball team is 35-0 as of 2012 and are ranked #1 is WCAl, #1 in California, and #2 in the nation.

In 2011, MaxPreps ranked the women's soccer team 4th in the nation.[2]

The 2011 roller hockey team went undefeated.[2] Currently, the team is the only roller hockey team in California to win 20 straight games.


  • Annual Report - The names of individuals and companies who contributed to Archbishop Mitty High School that school year
  • Excalibur Yearbook - The Archbishop Mitty Yearbook, made by students
  • The Monarch Newspaper - Archbishop Mitty's Official School Newspaper, made by students
  • Mitty Magazine - A periodical magazine that features updates on school programs, student and alumni achievement as well as telling about upcoming events.

Student life[edit]


Currently for the 2013-2014 school year, Archbishop Mitty offers a multitude of clubs for students to participate in. The clubs offered are AASU (African American Student Union), Adventure Club, Baking Club, Chess Club, Creative Writing Club, French Club, Math Club, AMHS Robotics Team, Global Solidarity Club, GlamourGals, Interact Club, Hiking Club, Ice Hockey Club, Computer Science Team, Anime Club, Red Cross Club, RPG Club, Green Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Mock Trial Team, APISU (Asian Pacific Islander Student Union), Guitar Club, Mountain Biking Club, The Society for the Appreciation of Motion Pictures, Students Above the Influence Club, Italian Club, Middle Eastern Club, Hearts of Music, New Global Citizens, Photography Club, Roller Hockey Club, Science Fiction Club, Speech and Debate, The Pit, Skateboarding Club, SASA (South Asian Student Association) LASU (Latin American Student Union), Mandarin Club, Squash Club and the Ultimate Frisbee Club.


Mitty has about six dances a school year. The dances include: The Back to School Dance, Homecoming, Christmas Dance, Sadie Hawkins, Junior Prom, and Senior Ball. All dances other than the Christmas Dance, Junior Prom, and Senior Ball are held on the Mitty campus.

Monarch Madness[edit]

The school hosts an event each year on the first Thursday in March called "Monarch Madness". This event was started by the school's current principal Timothy Brosnan in 1991, his second year at the position. He created this event in search of an activity that the whole school could participate in and as an opportunity for the campus to come together as a community. Each class (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) picks a theme for their class 'team'; each team consists of 25 boys and 25 girls. Each class competes in dances, games, and 'The Roar'. Points are given for each event, including for cheering and sportsmanship. The event started out being held in the Fien Gym on campus, but due to its popularity, it is currently held in downtown San Jose at the Civic Auditorium.

Notable alumni[edit]

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