Monta Vista High School
|Monta Vista High School|
|21840 McClellan Road
Cupertino, California, 95014
|Type||Public 4-year High School|
|School district||Fremont Union High School District|
|Color(s)||Purple and Gold|
Monta Vista High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in the Silicon Valley city of Cupertino, California, USA. Part of the Fremont Union High School District, the school serves most of the suburban residential and industrial technology enriched area of western Cupertino. Monta Vista opened in 1969, offering only freshman and sophomore classes; the first class graduated in 1972. Since then, its student body size has averaged about 2400 students. Monta Vista is regarded as one of the top high schools in California located in one of the most affluent cities in the country with recorded average income of more than $100,000 per household.
As of the 2012-2013 school year, Monta Vista has a student body of 2,419 students, and this student body, unlike many schools in the United States, is predominantly Asian. As of 2013, 79% of the school's student population is Asian, 17% is White and 4% is Other (African American,Latino,Native American). Monta Vista has the largest student body in the Fremont Union High School district. Starting in the 1990s, the school has seen a significant increase in the number of Asian students. A controversial 2005 Wall Street Journal article described the influx of Asians at Monta Vista and explained that the school was experiencing a "white flight" caused by White American families feeling overwhelmed by the academic focus of the school's majority Asian American students.
In 2012, Monta Vista scored 956 points out of 1000 for the Academic Performance Index, a state-wide performance indicator the California government uses to measure the growth of schools on a variety of academic measures; this score is the highest API score of all high schools in the Santa Clara County, followed by Lynbrook High (946) and Saratoga High (933). In the class of 2009 alone, there were 42 National Merit Semi-finalists and 84 National Merit Commended students. After analyzing 21,069 public high schools in America, US News & World Report issued America's Best High Schools in 2009 which ranked Monta Vista #73. In 2007, Newsweek's 1,200 top U.S. schools ranked Monta Vista #85, the 7th Californian high school. The highest ranked school in the Fremont Union High School District, The Washington Post magazine ranked Monta Vista as the 57th best high school in the United States, the fourth highest academically performing high school in all of California, and the highest academically ranked school in the Fremont Union High School District in 2005. Though these rankings exclude private schools, many have selective admission policies, whereas public schools like Monta Vista and Lynbrook are open to all students that live within the assigned school boundaries, and each year proof of residency is required and verified for enrollment. For this reason, these rankings do not necessarily provide accurate results for all high schools.
Monta Vista students are offered up to seven classes a day. The school offers eight honors classes and fifteen Advanced Placement classes. Monta Vista's science offerings are particularly strong, with its Physics program known for being far more challenging than entry-level college courses. In the 2010-2011 school year, Monta Vista produced four Intel Science Talent Search semi-finalists. During students' junior and senior years, they can choose to participate in one of the alternative programs offered through De Anza College. The Middle College Program is available to juniors and seniors, while College Now is offered exclusively to members of the senior class. These programs allow students to explore interests with classes that aren't always offered at high school and build up college credits while completing the requirements for a diploma.
Monta Vista High School's mascot is the Matador, with purple and gold as its official school colors. The school mascot's costume, up until the 2012-2013 school year, had been a purple bull. Recently, on August 31, 2012, a new Mascot, a Matador, was introduced in the Welcome Back Rally. Monta Vista High School has held a longtime rivalry with nearby Lynbrook High School and competes in the SCVAL of the Central Coast Section. The girl's swim team were CCS champions in 2008. The girl's soccer team were CCS champions in 1979 and 2009.
Monta Vista Girls Varsity Tennis went undefeated in 2011 and 2012, winning all 4 tournaments participated in: Fresno, #1 in their League (De Anza League), CCS, and Norcals. They currently have an undefeated streak of 55-0 and counting.
The Class of 2011 began a tradition where students would camp out at school the day and night before orientation, known as Running of the Bulls, to change their courses and schedules in order to have teachers of their choice. Due to the concern over the school's liabilities over the students camping out, the administration took teacher names off of preliminary schedules to curb the camp outs; however, students reverse-engineered teacher names from class section numbers. For the 2011-2012 school year, all section numbers have been removed and it was made impossible for future classes to know their teachers ahead of time. Each year thereafter, the school has sent out a message warning students about the presence of patrol officers at school in the nights and early mornings to discourage any camp outs.
Monta Vista High School's student government is called Leadership, which consists of ASB officers, class officers for each grade, and commissioners.
DECA and FBLA
Monta Vista DECA has consistently ranked as No. 1 in the world, after sweeping DECA competitions at the regional, state, and international level. This achievement makes Monta Vista DECA the top business organization among international high schools. Monta Vista DECA is the third largest DECA chapter in the world, with over 600 members, yet its ratio of the number of wins at the International Conference to the number of people in the chapter far exceeds all existing DECA chapters. In 2012 and 2013, MVDECA alone sent approximately 120 members to compete in DECA's International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City and Anaheim, the highest in the world.
After FBLA Nationals in 2013, Monta Vista FBLA was ranked No. 1 in the world, after witnessing an incredible performance streak.
DECA and FBLA are the standard extracurricular business programs offered at most high schools. Due to the fact that MVDECA and MVFBLA are both No. 1 in the world, students involved in any Monta Vista business program can expect the best high school business co-curricular education in the country.
The majority of the school's buildings are built in the Spanish Mission architectural style. The school has been undergoing a multi-million dollar facilities modernization, with a new library, completed in late 2005, showcased in the center of campus. Small renovations, such as the fitting of metal doors in place of old wooden ones, were completed over the summer of 2006. The athletic facilities, such as the gym, swimming pool, football field, and locker rooms have now completed renovation. A new school office has also been constructed.
Monta Vista is divided into nine major structures:
- A Building holds most of the foreign languages.
- B Building has many science and english classrooms.
- C Building holding many social science classrooms.
- D Building is a relatively new building, and has math and science classrooms and the Monta Vista Linux Lab, where computer programming classes are held. The D building also houses a field house for PE and athletics use.
- F Buildings are located on the opposite side of the campus, and consist of arts, performing arts, and industrial technology classes.
- The library, expanded and remodeled in 2005, has many books, plenty of study tables, and 2 computer labs.
- The gym houses a gym used for sporting events, rallies, etc as well as a student center and student store to purchase Monta Vista merchandise.
- The original cafeteria will be demolished and replaced by a new, 2-story cafeteria building. It will be completed by the 2014-2015 school year.
- The expanded office features an open layout with more space for ASB, offices, and conference rooms.
The school's campus consists of a large baseball field, an American football field, and tennis courts. In 2007, the school completed construction of the new lighted pool, which is host to several water polo and swimming competitions per year. In June 2011, Monta Vista named its swimming pool facility the Ron Freeman Aquatics Center in honor of Ron Freeman, a long time Monta Vista teacher and coach who died suddenly of a heart attack on the school's campus on Friday, January 21, 2011. The Fremont Union High School District was given bond money from a county measure to undergo renovations and improvements, including the installation of solar panels above the student parking lot and planting of AstroTurf on the football field. In June 2012, the school completed construction of the new football field with lights, and beginning in the Fall of 2012 home football games were held on the Monta Vista campus. Monta Vista is currently undergoing construction of a new, 2-story cafeteria building. This building will include a college-campus style cafeteria, student center, student lounge, and classrooms. The cafeteria plans to be operational by the 2014-2015 school year.
- Matthew Axelson, Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan and was awarded the Navy Cross for courage in the face of the enemy
- Ben Golub (1986), Silicon Valley executive
- Brian Hall, World Cup and MLS soccer referee
- Daniel Puder, retired MMA fighter
- Dennis Fong, former professional computer game player and gaming site webmaster. Co-founder of the Xfire online messenger
- Dylan Fergus, actor
- Justina Chen Headley, writer
- Robert Rothbart, professional basketball player
- Ron Reis, former WCW wrestler
- Ryan Hancock, professional baseball player for the California Angels
- Sheryl Johnson, former Stanford field hockey coach and USA Field Hockey player of the year
- Stephanie Sheh, notable voice actor
- Vance Walberg, Pepperdine University men's basketball coach
- Andrew Martinez, "The Naked Guy" at UC Berkeley
- Kyle Kingsbury, UFC fighter
- Petri Hawkins-Byrd, bailiff on the Judge Judy television program, was a student counselor in the 1990s.
- Hwang, Suein (2005-11-19). "The New White Flight". The Wall Street Journal. p. A1.
- 2007 Growth API School Report - Monta Vista High
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- Monta Vista girls capture soccer title - San Jose Mercury News
- Palo Alto Online : Paly girls miss on their CCS soccer title shot
- "Class of '86 Alumni". Monta Vista Alumni. Retrieved August 20, 20.
- "dotCloud Appoints Ben Golub as Chief Executive Officer". Press release (DotCloud). July 23, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- "Petri Hawkins Byrd". CBS. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
|Fremont Union High School District|