Milpitas High School
|Milpitas High School|
|Milpitas High School billboard and campus.|
|1285 Escuela Parkway
Milpitas, California, United States
|School district||Milpitas Unified School District|
|Principal||Cheryl Lawton |
|Song||Milpitas Alma Mater|
Milpitas High School (MHS) is a public four-year comprehensive high school in Milpitas, California, a suburban community adjacent to San Jose. It is one of two high schools within the Milpitas Unified School District.
As of 2011, Milpitas High School had an API score of 812 and had an API ranking of 8 out of 10. In 2004, MHS was granted a full, six-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The school provides its students with many academic, extracurricular and other resources in a community committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff. Milpitas High School has modernized facilities which are spread across a 44 acre campus. The facilities include an 8 lane track, tennis courts, baseball field, soccer field, and large gymnasium.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Academics
- 5 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll
- 6 Committees
- 7 Graduation requirements
- 8 Extracurricular activities
- 9 Notable Alumni
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Milpitas High School was directly preceded by Samuel Ayer High School. A continuum of education had existed in what is now the City of Milpitas since the Spanish colonial era, only to be interrupted by brief periods from 1848-1858 upon the secularization of the Californian missions, and 1954–1959, in which James Lick High School in the nearby city of San Jose became the high school for Milpitas residents. Upon the final restoration of local secondary education in 1959, a classical education in Latin Grammar and English Literature ceased to be the norm, and a modern curriculum was implemented, of which forms the basis of the curriculum for the present high school. Milpitas High School co-existed with Samuel Ayer High School from 1969, until the latter closed its doors in 1980, leaving Milpitas High School to be the sole remaining high school. The predecessors of Milpitas High School are:
- Mission San José de Guadalupe (1797–1848)
First interruption period, 1848-1856
- Laguna School (1856–1858)
- Milpitas Grammar School (1858–1954)
Second interruption period, 1954-1959
- James Lick High School (1954–1959)
Restoration to Milpitas
- Samuel Ayer High School (1959–1969; co-existed until 1980)
Milpitas High School is located on Escuela Parkway in Milpitas, north of Jacklin Road. The eastern side of the school is the main entrance and student drop-off area, and the western side consists of a football stadium, track, and mural of Milpitas High School's mascot, the Trojan.
Milpitas High School has many facilities for athletic use. The school has a new swimming pool(as of 2015) that is open to the public. Also, the football and soccer fields are built of artificial turf, and the synthetic rubber track was built in 2003 and finished in 2004. Since its beginnings, Milpitas High has been renovated and improved, with new buildings and facilities being added for school use. Marshall Pomeroy Elementary School is adjacent to Milpitas High School's east side, and Thomas Russell Middle School is located northeast of the high school.
Milpitas High School is an ethnically diverse school. About 130 ethnic and national minority groups are represented. A total of 1,414 students have a primary language other than English. More than half of the students are of Filipino and Vietnamese descent. Other Asian-Pacific American groups in order of population include Chinese, Indians, Koreans, Japanese, Pacific Islanders, and Hmongs.
- Fine Arts
- Foreign Language
- Home Economics
- Industrial Technology
- Language Arts
- Performing Arts
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
- Special Education
In the 2011/2012 school year, the following Advanced Placement are offered at Milpitas High School.
- AP Art History
- AP Biology
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Chemistry
- AP English Literature
- AP Environmental Science
- AP French Language
- AP Human Geography
- AP Physics B
- AP Psychology
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Statistics
- AP United States History
- AP United States Government
- AP World History
- AP Studio Art
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Microeconomics
- AP Computer Science
Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll
Milpitas Unified School District is one of 22 districts in the state that has been recognized by the College Board for simultaneously achieving increases in access to AP courses for a broader number of students and improving the rate at which AP students have earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP exam. The pass rate is 76%, higher than CA as a whole and higher than the international pass rate. Milpitas High School is on the 3rd Annual Honor Roll.
There are two committees to enrich development at Milpitas School:
- Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA)
- School Site Council
Students must complete 220 credits, including:
- English- 40 credits
- Social Studies- 35 credits
- Math- 30 credits
- Science- 20 credits
- Physical Education- 20 credits
- Fine Arts, Foreign Language, or Humanities- 10 credits
- Electives- 65 credits
Milpitas Unified requires 20 hours of community service in order to receive a high school diploma.
In 1997 the Boys Varsity Basketball team won the first CCS Division 1 Championship in school history by defeating Oak Grove 44-43. Led by Steve Moore's 19 points. On December 2, 2006, the Milpitas High School Varsity football team won the CCS Championship for the first time. The Trojans competed against rival Piedmont Hills High School and won, 39-21. This was the second time Milpitas High School made it to the CCS Championship game. The first time was in 1993, and the Trojans lost to Leland High School in a shutout scenario of 35-0. Milpitas won CCS again in 2009. 4 years later, Milpitas won the school's third CCS championship; beating San Benito High School 37-23.
The 2008 football season was a successful one for the trojans becoming the De Anza division league champions with a record of 9 and 1.
In 2007, Milpitas High School's varsity girls track & field claimed 3rd place in the overall team title.
In 2004, varsity girl's cross country won the team CCS title and qualified for state championships.
There are three academies in the school: Engineering and Technology Academy, Traveling and Tourism Academy, Digital Business Academy,
The Engineering and Technology Academy offers a variety of projects for students to complete in the year. Including catapults, solar ovens, solar cars, and hover cars. Students are divided up into teams, picked by the teachers, and compete against each other to win for the E-Tech Cup. The winning team would usually be the team with projects that have the highest performance.
As of 2008, the Digital Business Academy and Engineering and Technology Academy teachers have been given SmartBoards, a touch-screen interactive whiteboard that displays content from a computer.
Unique to campus lexicon is the word "clogs", which means "clubs and organizations". Clogs host weekly meetings in classroom on campus during lunch throughout the school year. All clogs must be chartered every year through A.S.B, and approved at monthly congress meetings. 
The Milpitas High Mathematics Team, a division of the Math Club, participates annually in the five mathematics competitions hosted by National Assessment & Testing. In 2008, the Mathematics Team placed first nationally in Collaborative Problem-Solving Contest. This feat was repeated in 2009. The Mathematics Team has also competed in the Stanford Mathematics Tournament, the Santa Clara Mathematics Contest, BAMO, AMC, and SCVMA continuously since 2003.
The Music Department
The marching band, jazz band, orchestra, and concert bands have been under the direction of Milpitas High Alumn, Christopher Kaldy, since the 1998 school year. Under the direction of, Christopher Kaldy, the music department has thrived; with a 100+ member marching band, a Pep Band, a 60 piece symphony orchestra, two concert bands, percussion ensembles, and a jazz band. Previous band directors have included Dick Goodrich, Wes Robbins, David Bakken and Eric Swisher. www.mhsmusic.org
Milpitas High School also has a concert choir and glee club which have been under the direction of Dan McQuigg since the 2010 school year. English and music teacher, Paula Chenoweth, revived the choir class in 2002 after many years with no vocal classes at the high school.
Marching Band & Color Guard/Concert Band
The MHS Marching Band and Color Guard regularly competes in NCBA (Northern California Band Association) and WBA (Western Band Association) field show competitions. The marching band and pep band also regularly perform at home varsity football games.
At the conclusion of the marching band season each December, the members form separate concert bands; a Wind Ensemble and a Symphonic Band.
Milpitas High School has a standard 17-piece Jazz Band that meets every morning during zero period, from 7-8 AM In April 2005, the Milpitas High School Jazz Band received a Command Performance Rating at the 2005 Santa Cruz Jazz Festival and again in 2013.
Since 2002, the MHS Symphony Orchestra has provided an opportunity for string musicians to perform a variety of classical and contemporary orchestral literature.
In addition to the concert choir, Mr. McQuigg also directs the MHS Glee Club which he formed in the 2009 school year. The concert choir was revived in 2002 by former director, Paula Chenoweth, after being canceled in the mid-1990s and again in the 2008 school year.
A few students at Milpitas High School belong to the Navy Junior ROTC program. Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to become a part of one of three drill teams. These drill teams are Drill Team With Arms, Unarmed Drill Team, and Color Guard. Each year, Milpitas NJROTC hosts "Legions of Troy", a drill meet and athletic competition that many other Californian JROTC units attend. Weekly lesson plans includes academic instruction, uniform inspection, physical training, and drill. The unit has two instructors to oversee them: Lieutenant Commander Queen and Senior Chief Petty Officer Ezell. The current Commanding Officer is Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Centino,Cheyenne. The Executive Officer is Cadet Ensign Tran,Annie.
The Union is the student-run campus newspaper, produced every six weeks by the Journalism class. Students take on roles in the class as reporters, photographers, and editors in the making of the publication. The Union includes sections for news, editorial, opinion, features, fashion, sports, and lifestyle. The student newspaper is predominantly funded by advertisements from local businesses. Students in the class use Adobe InDesign on the computers provided in the classroom to design page layouts for each new issue. Pages are put together by the editors of each section and overseen by the editor-in-chief.
The Trojan Lowdown was a TV Video Production that served as the MHS daily news announcement broadcast that covered items such as upcoming student activities, any changes in schedules, club, class or athletic information, and other announcements. The announcements produced on the Trojan Lowdown were meant to help keep students informed. Mr. Champ Wrencher is the faculty advisor for the TV Video Production class. The name "Trojan Lowdown" was unanimously chosen by the class after student Daniel Tong (Class of 2002) randomly submitted it thinking that it wouldn't be chosen.
As of the 2006-2007 school year, the "Trojan Lowdown" no longer makes announcements, and the intercom has been employed again for morning announcements. However, the Trojan Lowdown is now producing a monthly show in a video journal format, and it has been dubbed "The New Trojan Lowdown".
Milpitas High School annually hosts the Trojan Olympics, a competition between the class grades. Spirit points, ticket sales, decorations, Trojan Olympic games, dances, and a pyramid are all accounted for in deciding who wins the Trojan Olympics. Students who wish to participate in the games submit their names into a lottery system, and the participants are chosen at random for each class. Students gather for designated practices beyond regular school hours to prepare for the event.
TROJAN OLYMPICS CHAMPIONS:
2005: Class of 2007
2006: Class of 2007
2007: Class of 2007
2008: Class of 2008
2009: (Tie) Class of 2009 and Class of 2010
2010: Class of 2011
2011: Class of 2012
2012: Class of 2012
2013: Class of 2013
2014: Class of 2014
- Kim Bokamper – Miami Dolphins
- Deltha O'Neal – Denver Broncos
- Jeannie Mai - TV personality
- Lenzie Jackson -NFL
- Tab Perry -NFL
- Official Website
- California Department of Education
- 2008 Collaborative Problem-Solving Contest Results