Mission Hills High School
|Mission Hills High School|
|San Marcos in San Diego County, California
|Color(s)||Cardinal Red and Vegas Gold|
Mission Hills High School is a high school located in San Marcos, California. It first opened in August 2004 on 40 acres (160,000 m2) of land that was previously part of the local Hollandia dairy. It has many career-oriented programs, such as the Academies of Business, Law Enforcement, Health Essentials, Fire Technology, and Culinary Arts.
The PACE Promise, a joint program of San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) and California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), guarantees CSUSM admission to all district students continuously enrolled in the district from 9th through 12th grade who meet entrance requirements. This program begins with the SMUSD graduating classes of 2009.
The Promise provides a step-by-step plan of preparation for college. Beginning in seventh grade, San Marcos students must work to fulfill program expectations. Meeting these requirements also prepares them for admission to most California public and private universities and colleges. Students who meet all the program’s academic benchmarks and the financial need criteria, as determined by CSUSM, may receive monetary assistance from a private foundation associated with the Promise while attending the university.
Improving college options for this generation of students, the Promise provides dynamic, accelerated services which include tutoring and mentoring, visits to the university campus, enhanced test preparation for English and math entry-level exams, and extensive information regarding college preparation and admission. The Promise thus provides a vital link from the secondary school setting to the university.
Mission Hills Football
The Mission Hills varsity football team won the 2013 CIF San Diego Section Open Division Championship defeating Oceanside 36-14. That was the team's first ever CIF Championship victory as they lost the championship in 2007 (Oceanside), 2010 (Oceanside), and 2012 (Eastlake). The 2013 CIF team was also one of the top ranked teams in the state of California and later lost to Bakersfield High School in the SoCal State Regional game. The 2013 team featured highly recruited athletes such as Ricky Liuchan (Oregon State University), Fred Warner (BYU), Nate Ostrom (Humboldt State), Connor Wynn (Riverside Community College), and 2015 prospect Dechaun Holiday (undeclared). The 2013 season was coach Chris Hauser's tenth year coaching Mission Hills and fourth appearance in the CIF-SDS Championship.
California wildfires of October 2007
During the California wildfires of October 2007, Mission Hills High School opened its campus on October 20 for evacuated refugees. The evacuation site offered a place to sleep, food, and activities such as soccer, skateboarding, football, and basketball. Mission Hills also allowed pet owners to keep small animals.
Jack Ashby Field
Mission Hills High school is home to one of several fields that have names in San Diego County. The field was named in honor of long time San Marcos coach, Jack Ashby. He served as the school's first athletic director before retiring in 2005.
- Hispanic: 49.3% (+1.2%)
- White: 36.7% (-1.2%)
- Filipino: 3.5% (-0.6%)
- Asian: 4.6% (+0.2%)
- African-American 3.6% (-0.2%)