Mountain View High School (Mesa, Arizona)

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Mountain View High School
Address
2700 E Brown Rd.
Mesa, Arizona, USA 85213
Information
Type Public secondary (U.S.)
Motto Go Forth With Pride
Established 1976
Oversight Mesa Public Schools
Principal Mr. Greg Milbrandt
Grades 9–12 (as of 2011-2012 school year)
Enrollment 3,235 (October 1, 2012)[1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red & Blue
Mascot Toros
Newspaper The Viewpoint
Website

Mountain View High School is a high school in Mesa, Arizona. It was established in 1976, the third public high school in Mesa. It is known for its numerous athletic and academic accomplishments. The school's mascot is a Toro. Known as the Campus of Champions.[citation needed] Ex: Toro Spiritline has won many state and national titles. In the 1984-85 school year, it was honored as a Blue Ribbon school.[2]

Mountain View was named a silver medal school by U.S. News & World Report.[3]

Athletics[edit]

Mountain View was included on Sports Illustrateds 2005 list of Top 25 High School Athletic Programs in the Nation:

Though the school hasn't been around for long, Mountain View has quickly established itself as king of the hill in Arizona. In the last decade the Toros have produced scores of top athletes, including Todd Heap and John Beck (Washington Redskins), Shea Hillenbrand (Toronto Blue Jays) and Max Hall (Arizona Cardinals). More stars are on the horizon: Mountain View has had 15 scholarship athletes in each of the last two years. And over the last 10 years, the Toros have won 21 state championships in 10 sports, including football (four), boys' track (four), boys' basketball (three), girls' track (three), spiritline (6+), and boys' and girls' cross-country, girls' swimming, girls' volleyball, girls' basketball, wrestling and baseball (one each).[4]

Sports Illustrated would later list Mountain View as the best high school in Arizona in terms of athletics.[5]

In the 1997-98 school year, Mountain View won titles in boys' and girls' basketball, football and baseball. It was the first Arizona school to do so.

State Championships
Sport Years
Baseball 1990, 1998
Boys Basketball 1995, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011
Girls Basketball 1988, 1998
Boys Cross Country 1987, 2004
Football 1978, 1983, 1986, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998,1999, 2002
Boys Golf 1987, 1991, 1992
Gymnastics 1978, 1986
Spiritline 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009
Girls Swimming 1998
Boys Tennis 1988
Girls Tennis 2008
Boys Track 1994, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2010
Girls Track 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997
Track and Field 1994, 2000, 2003, 2004
Girls Volleyball 1984, 1988, 1999
Boys Volleyball 2011
Wrestling 2000, 2014

Cheer

  • 2008-2009: 5A-I State Champions
  • 2007-2008: 5A-I State Champions; Overall Champions 5A-I
  • 2005-2006: Overall Champions 5A Division-I; State Champions 5A Division-I Stunt Team; State Champions 5A Division I Cheer
  • 2002-2003: National Champions in All Girl Stunt; State Champions in All Girl Stunt
  • 2001-2002: State Champion Mascot; National Champions in All Girl Stunt; State Champions in All Girl Stunt
  • 2000-2001: State Champions
  • 1999-2000: National Champions; State Champions
  • 1998-1999: State Champions in All Girl Stunt; National Champions; State Champions
  • 1997-1998: National Champions in All Girl Stunt
  • 1996-1997: State Champions

POM

  • 2012-2013: 5A-I AIA State Champions (10th consecutive year in a row); 3rd place at Nationals in Anaheim
  • 2011-2012: 5A-I AIA State Champions; 1st place at Nationals in Anaheim
  • 2010-2011: 5A-I AIA State Champions; 1st place at Nationals in Anaheim
  • 2009-2010: 5A-I AIA State Champions
  • 2008-2009: 5A-I AIA State Champions; 2nd place at Nationals in Anaheim
  • 2007-2008: 5A-I AIA State Champions; 1st Place at Nationals in Anaheim
  • 2005-2006: 5A Division I AIA State Champions (Overall); 5A Division-I Pom State Champions
  • 2004-2005: AIA State Champions; 3rd Place USA Nationals
  • 2003-2004: 1st Place in the AIA State Championships; 2nd Place, with the Cheer squad, for best spirit line in the State
  • 2002-2003: 1st Place AIA State Championship
  • 2001-2002: 2nd Place at AIA State
  • 2000-2001: 1st Place AIA State Champions

Football[edit]

The first Mountain View team went 4-3-1 in the 1976 season, making the school reportedly the first high school to post a winning record in its first year. The next year, the team went 9-0 (including seven shutouts) but was not placed in the playoffs as a new school playing an "independent" schedule. In the following season, 1978, Jesse Parker led the team to its first state title in only its third season of play.

In 1983, Mountain View had its second championship team, which also posted seven shutouts to tie Phoenix Union High School's old record. The team beat then-powerhouse McClintock High School to claim the title.

Mountain View would reappear again in the state title game in 1986, this time against Earl Putman's Moon Valley team. They won that matchup as well. Coach Jesse Parker would lead the Toros to title games in 1987,1988, and 1992 (which they lost) and 1993 (which they won).

Bernie Busken took over as coach in the mid-1990s. He led Mountain View through a streak of 40 straight wins — a 5A record that wouldn't be broken until 2011 — and title wins in 1996 and 1997. The 1997 win was a spectacular comeback against Tucson's Amphitheater High School.[6] Mountain View would claim the 5A title again in 1999.

The Toros would reappear in the state championship in 2002, where new coach Tom Joseph would lead them to their eighth title win over Glendale's Ironwood High School. This team set a new Arizona record for shutouts in a season, with eight. Their 602 points set a 5A record.

The 2003 title game was one of the most thrilling championship matches in Arizona high school football history. The opponent, John Wrenn's Hamilton Huskies, fought hard with the Toros. The game went into three overtimes, where Hamilton would win 35-28. Since that game, both teams' fortunes have changed; Mountain View has only appeared in one state championship since (in 2006, took the loss to Hamilton), even posting the first losing campaign ever in 2010 and the first playoff-less season ever in 2011, while Hamilton has taken the role of football powerhouse. In all, Mesa Mountain View has appeared in 13 5A title games, with an 8-5 record.[7]

Boys' basketball[edit]

In boys' basketball, Mountain View has won seven state titles with an appearance in an eighth title game. The school was the first to win three basketball titles in a row at the highest level since Phoenix Union High School did so.

Recognition[edit]

The athletics program as a whole at Mountain View has earned several of Arizona's most prestigious awards, including the Blue Cup, an award for overall excellence; the Hendrickson Award, the award for the top 5A program; and the Tony Komadina Award, which recognizes girls' athletics programs.

Academics[edit]

In 2007, the Siemens Foundation recognized Mountain View as having the top Advanced Placement program in Arizona.[8]

Academic Decathlon[edit]

Mountain View High School has accomplished 15 state championships (the most in Arizona Academic Decathlon history) and four state championship winning streaks since 1990. Each streak has lasted for at least two years (5, 2, 4 and 2 respectively). In addition, the team has broken the 50,000 barrier three times. Mountain View has finished second at the national USAD competition on five occasions (1992, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2010).

Other activities[edit]

Band[edit]

The Toro Marching Band has been awarded the state festival rating "superior with distinction" in 2006, 2008, and 2010 as well as "superior" numerous times. In 2006, the band was invited to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Ireland. They performed at the 2005 Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and also performed for President George W. Bush on a ten-day tour of China in the 2002-2003 school year. In 2008, the band played at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL. In 2009, the band performed at the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championships in Tempe, Arizona. The Toro Marching Band was also invited to play and march at the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2011. In 2013 the Toro Marching Band participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Also they will be marching in the 2016 London New Years Day Parade.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AIA 2012 enrollment figures". Aiaonline.org. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  2. ^ "Archived Information : Blue Ribbon Schools Program". Www2.ed.gov. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  3. ^ "Mountain View High School in MESA, AZ | Best High Schools". US News. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  4. ^ Sports Illustrated, May 16, 2005, Volume 102, No. 20, p. 66
  5. ^ Armstrong, Kevin. SI.com 19 June 2007
  6. ^ "Busken and the superstitious shorts | Varsity Xtra". Blogs.evtrib.com. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  7. ^ "Football Championship Teams". Aiaonline.org. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]

External links[edit]

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