Mira Loma High School

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Mira Loma High School
Mira Loma HS logo.gif
4000 Edison Ave
Sacramento, CA, 95821
Coordinates 38°37′59″N 121°22′16″W / 38.63306°N 121.37111°W / 38.63306; -121.37111Coordinates: 38°37′59″N 121°22′16″W / 38.63306°N 121.37111°W / 38.63306; -121.37111
Established 1960
School district San Juan Unified School District
Superintendent Glynn Thompson
Principal Richard Nichols
Faculty 81
Grades 912
Enrollment 1595 [1] (2011-2012)
Student to teacher ratio 22.4
Color(s) Scarlet red & Columbia blue         
Athletics conference Capital League
Mascot Matadors
Newspaper The Matador Capers
Yearbook Recuerdos

Mira Loma High School is a public high school located in Sacramento, California, United States. It is the one of the most reputable and best high schools in Sacramento, consistently being ranked as one of the best schools in the area. It is a part of the San Juan Unified School District with a student body of approximately 1800 students. Mira Loma High School has been an IB World School since 1989, and is the largest International Baccalaureate program in Northern California.[2] Mira Loma also achieves consistently high pass rates for IB exams. According to Mira Loma, in 1996–1997 the school had a pass rate of 93%, with a 100% diploma attainment rate for students.[3] In 2007–2008 the pass rate was 93% with a 100% diploma attainment rate.[4] Both statistics are well above both the North American average (78%) and the world average (81%) for diploma attainment. Mira Loma has encouraged implementation of the International Baccalaureate program in other school districts with noted success.


Mira Loma High School is the highest ranked high school in the Sacramento area; the school was ranked in the top 250 high schools in the United States by Newsweek in 2004. This statistic has increased since 2003 when it was ranked in the top 300 schools. As of 2008, Mira Loma is ranked 225th in the nation under Newsweek's scale.[5] Furthermore, from 2009 on, Mira Loma has had the highest average SAT and ACT scores of the region, which includes eight surrounding counties. [6]

Arcade Creek Project[edit]

The Mira Loma Arcade Creek Project is a highly-recognized ongoing study of the riparian corridor of an urban watershed in Sacramento, California. It consists of eleven studies which measure the health of the Arcade Creek and is run entirely by students of Mira Loma High School and five faculty advisers.[7] The project has received many awards and recognitions including the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.[8] In 2010, the project was awarded with $10,000 from the National Sea World/ Busch Gardens' Environmental Excellence Award.

Academic competitions[edit]

Science Bowl[edit]

The Mira Loma National Science Bowl team (consisting of a group of students that answer gameshow-style questions on science and mathematics) has competed at the national level. Mira Loma's High School Science Bowl team won the national competition three times between 2009 and 2013.[9]

Speech and debate[edit]

Mira Loma's Speech and Debate team was founded in 2005 by a small group of students. In just 8 years it has blossomed into one of the largest organized activities on campus, and become one of the most successful and dominant teams in Northern California.

In 2007, Mira Loma sent a member of its Speech and Debate team to the National Forensics League National Tournament in National Extemporaneous Speaking. In 2008, Mira Loma sent a Public Forum team to the NFL tournament. Also in 2008, at the California State Tournament, Mira Loma had two students reach the Finals of Impromptu Speaking, placing 2nd and 5th. Mira Loma also took second place in Public Forum Debate of the 32 team pool at States. In 2009, Mira Loma surpassed Granite Bay High School as leaders of the Sacramento Valley Forensics League. The team sent 21 students to the State Tournament, as well as 6 to the NFL National Tournament. Mira Loma also had the State Champion in Impromptu Speaking in 2009. In 2010, a Mira Loma Student placed 4th in the nation in Impromptu Speaking, and another placed 3rd in Humorous Interpretation at the State Tournament. In 2012, Mira Loma placed 5th in the Nation in Original Oratory and in Impromptu Speaking, and 2nd in Original Oratory at the State Tournament. The team as of 2013 has a strength of 179, and has collected the most points in Debate in the Capitol Valley Forensics League.

National History Day[edit]

Mira Loma has developed a strong National History Day team, sending several teams to the state competition regularly as well as the national competition. In 2006, a Mira Loma team competed in the Senior Documentary category and won 3rd place in the nation. In 2007, two Mira Loma teams reached the California State Finals in the Senior Documentary category and one advanced to nationals. In 2008, Mira Loma sent 3 Senior Documentary teams to the state competition as well as a number of other teams from Senior Website, Senior Dramatic Performance, and Senior Historical Paper. The Senior Documentary team went on to win 11th in the nation.

Future Business Leaders of America[edit]

Mira Loma's FBLA club, which frequently ranks at local, state, and national levels. Recently, competitors placed first in Marketing, Business Law, Personal Finance, and Business Math in 2009, and ranked in Business Calculations, Business Communication, and in the Entrepreneurship Team event.

Mira Loma was awarded a $1000 grant from Business Journal in 1997. In the same year Mira Loma was also one of three schools in the country to pilot the National Retail Federation Retail Readiness Assessment.

English department[edit]

In addition to math and science awards, Mira Loma's English department has received both local and national recognition for outstanding creative ability. Individual students have placed 1st and 2nd in the Bill of Rights Essay Contest, the "Write Idea" contest sponsored by The Sacramento Bee, The Sacramento Bee Poetry competition, the Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Award, and an award from the American Scholastic Press Association. Mira Loma's literary magazine, Prisms has received the prestigious Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Award as well.


Mira Loma's yearbook, Recuerdos received the Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Award multiple times, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Award, and a writing contest award from The Sacramento Bee newspaper.

International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement[edit]

Mira Loma offers a large number of International Baccalaureate courses that prepare students for IB examinations every spring. The IB tests are either Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) based on the amount of coursework prior to the examination. The following IB examinations were taken by Mira Loma students in 2010:

  • Biology (HL)
  • Chemistry (SL)
  • Economics (SL)
  • English A1 (HL)
  • Environmental Systems (SL)
  • French B (SL/HL)
  • Further Math (SL)
  • German B (SL/HL)
  • History of Americas (HL)
  • Japanese B (SL/HL)
  • Mandarin B (SL/HL)
  • Math Studies (SL)
  • Mathematics (SL/HL)
  • Music (SL/HL)
  • Physics (SL)
  • Spanish B (SL/HL)
  • Theatre (SL/HL)
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Visual Arts (SL/HL)[10]

Additionally, AP Calculus is offered to eligible students. AP US History was taught by Bruce Lagomarsino, but it has since been discontinued in favor of a total IB campus. Classes previously offered at Mira Loma are AP Physics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, and AP Japanese. IB German B has been discontinued as well due to lack of student interest in the class.


Mira Loma offers a full range of athletic teams including football, soccer, cross country, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, tennis, golf and swimming. Mira Loma also offers a variety extracurricular clubs that meet both at lunch and after school. Some of these clubs include Science Bowl, Robotics Club, Astronomy Club, Ballroom Dance Club, Mira Loma Programming Club, Speech and Debate, Young Republicans Club, Young Democrats Club, Math Contest Club, Economics Club, Youth Court, Mock Trial, Moot Court, International Relief Club, B Sharps, as well as ethnic organizations such as Latinos Unidos, Jewish Student Union, Black Students Union, Desi Plus Club, and Ping Pong Club. Religious organizations include the Slavic Christian Club and Muslim Students Association. Other extracurricular clubs include Matadors Against Cancer (American Cancer Society), Future Business Leaders of America, Climate Crisis Club, Habitat for Humanity Club, Solar Cooking Club, Key Club, and a chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society. French, Japanese, and Chinese clubs are also active on campus.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ School district (February 2013). "2011-2012 School Accountability Report Card" (.pdf). livesarc. axiomadvisors.net. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "San Juan". Sanjuan.edu. December 2, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Awards – Mira Loma High School Parents". Miralomahigh.org. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "San Juan". Sanjuan.edu. August 18, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ America's Top Public High Schools | Newsweek Best High Schools | Newsweek.com[dead link]
  6. ^ SAT/ACT 2009-2010 Results
  7. ^ "Arcade Creek Project". Arcade Creek Project. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Environmental and Economic Honors". Schwarzenegger.com. Retrieved October 7, 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ Past High School National Science Bowl Winners (1991 - 2012) | U.S. DOE Office of Science (SC)
  10. ^ "Mira Loma High School". Ibo.org. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 

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