Mountain View High School (Utah)
|Mountain View High School|
|665 W Center Street
|Faculty||78 (teachers only)|
|Grades||10th, 11th, 12th|
|Color(s)||Cardinal (Red), White, Gold|
|Website|| Mountain View High School|
Mountain View High School (abbreviated to MVHS) is a high school located in Orem, Utah and part of Utah County's Alpine School District. The school first opened its doors in the 1980-81 school year. Every year, students entered from Orem Junior High and Lakeridge Junior High.
Adjacent to the school is a seminary building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also nearby is the Orem Fitness Center (with a pool, track, and basketball/raquetball courts) and Orem Elementary School.
- 1 History
- 2 Athletic Program
- 3 Notable alumni
- 4 References
- 5 External links
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Students arrived for the first year of school in 1980 amid ongoing construction and wet paint. The student body were half 10-12th grade students from Orem High School, and half students from Orem Junior High School and Lakeridge Junior High school. The school itself is a long, narrow submarine-like building with two levels, including an overlooking balcony (the original students often called it "the Love Boat"). The building also features a double gym, a double-tiered auditorium (which hosted the Miss Utah Pageant for several years), several tennis courts, baseball fields, a stadium with an embedded track, and a two-part cafeteria.
The name of the school was voted on by the students who were going to attend it during its first year, and the Bruin, whose name is Beuford T. Bruin (T. standing for "The"), was chosen as the Mascot. The students wanted to name the school "Rocky Mountain High," to reflect its geographic location in the Rocky Mountains in Utah, but this was frowned upon by many administrators and parents.
The school is noted for its numerous state championships, national championships, and fans. It is also noted for its immaculate theatre program, music program, and arts program which have all won many awards on state and national levels. Mountain View is known for its excellence through the students performance, the faculty's work ethic, and the spirit of the school.
In 2000, Mountain View High School was awarded the "Utah Sports Program of the Century" by the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. Since the school opened in 1980, Mountain View has won over 80 State Championships and over 110 Region Championships. The great majority of these titles were won during a ten-year period from 1992 to 2002.
State Championship 2008-2009 and ranked #2 in the Nation by NSCAA (2009)
Boys Track & Field
(9) 5A & 4A State Championships (5 Consecutive from 1997–2001)
(2) 5A State Championships 1997-1998, 1998–1999
Boys Cross Country
National Rankings by Year under Coach Houle 
- 1992 - 1st* 1993 - 5th
- 1994 - 1st
- 1995 - 1st
- 1996 - 1st
- 1997 - 5th
- 1998 - 1st
- 1999 - 2nd
- 2000 - 1st
- 2001 - 14th
- 2002 - 1st
- 2003 - 10th
- 2004 - 5th
- 2005 - 5th
(12) 5A & 4A State Championships (9 Consecutive from 1998–2006 and 3 Consecutive from 1992–1994)under coach Houle and also won(2009) Coached by Brett Andrus, a former MV runner.
Girls Track & Field
(16) 5A, 4A, & 3A State Championships (11 Consecutive from 1994–2004 and 3 consecutive from 1990–1992)
(13) 5A, 4A, & 3A State Championships (4 Consecutive from 1996–1999, 3 Consecutive from 2001–2004, and 3 consecutive from 1991–1993)
Girls Cross Country
(2) National Championships (1989 & 1990)
National Ranking by Year under coach Houle
- 1989 - 1st
- 1990 - 1st
- 1991 - 3rd
- 1993 - 2nd
- 1994 - 5th
- 1995 - 3rd
- 1996 - 2nd
- 1997 - 6th
- 1998 - 12th
- 2000 - 6th
- 2001 - 6th
7 of the 10 greatest Utah XC teams ever
(17) 5A, 4A, & 3A State Championships (8 Consecutive from 1984–1991 and 5 Consecutive from 1993–1997)
(4) 5A & 4A State Championships (3 Consecutive from 2000–2002 and 40 Consecutive victories from 2000–2002)
Deseret News All Sports Awards
Mountain View High School has won Deseret News' All Sports Award nine times. Five times in the 5A classification and four times in the 4A classification ('92-'93, '94-'95, '97-'98, '98-'99, '99-'00, '00-'01, '01-'02, '02-'03, '03-'04). 
Sports and Coach Houle
Through the years Mountain View gained a national reputation for their athletics. With National Championships in Boys Cross Country (3), Girls Cross Country (3), and an ESPN National Championship in Girls Basketball (1) in 2001, and numerous national records broken, the school has become a well-recognized name throughout the country.
Coaching since 1981 was Dave Houle, a member of the National Hall of Fame who amassed more state championships than any other high school coach, and was named by U.S.A. Today as "The Most Successful High School Coach in America". He helped the schools' athletes, in Boys and Girls Track and Cross Country, and Girls Basketball, earn 68 State Championships, as well as numerous Region trophies. After winning the Boys Cross Country National Title in 2002, he was also named the Coach of the Year. His athletes were known for their love and support towards their opponents, and for years of service to the Orem City community. Dave's reign, however, ended with allegations of inappropriate conduct while on a road trip with his basketball team. Houle is reported to have allowed two girls who had been sick sleep in his room while he walked in the lobby of the hotel all night to keep them away from the rest of the team. Both the girls and their parents said nothing wrong was done and they appreciated the gesture made. Though no accusations of impropriety surfaced, several rules were violated in allowing the members of his team to use his hotel room. After being recruited from hundreds of other schools through his coaching reign,[awkward] Houle opted to continue doing what he loved best and was quickly hired at a nearby private school.
Said Coach Houle, in his final days as coach: "I'm 52, and I hope to die at 92, so I have 40 good years left of coaching."
Houle currently lives in American Fork, UT.
- Ben Cahoon, Canadian Football League MVP
- Shauna Rohbock, 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist in Bobsled and professional soccer player
- Noelle Pikus-Pace, Skeleton World Cup Champion and Olympic Athlete
- Travis Hansen, Former NBA player, currently with Real Madrid Baloncesto
- Setema Gali, Former NFL player
- Ifo Pili, Former NFL player
- Nik Arrhenius, World High School Record holder for Discus and Olympic Athlete, attended college at Brigham Young University
- Kevin McGiven, Football Offensive Coordinator for, Utah State University, Montana State University, Memphis University, Utah State University, Weber State University, Southern Utah University.
- deseretnews.com Utah High School Sports Records
- "The Harrier Rankings". The Harrier Nike/Footlocker National Rankings. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- "The Harrier National Champions". The Harrier Magazine. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- "1998 The Harrier National Ranking". 1998 The Harrier National Ranking. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- "Boys National Team Cross Country Champions". Boys National Team Cross Country Champions. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- "Girls All-Time XC Teams". The Harrier Magazine. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- Hyde, John (January 26, 2006). "Coach Dave Houle Retires". BYU. Retrieved 2008-04-17.