Mountain View High School (Washington)

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Mountain View High School

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Address
1500 SE Blairmont Drive
Vancouver, Washington, United States
Information
Type Secondary
Motto Home of the Mighty Thunder
Established 1981
School district Evergreen School District
Principal Mike Meloy
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1716
Mascot Thunderman/Blueman
Rivals Evergreen High School & Union High School
Publication The View
Website

Mountain View High School is a public high school located in Vancouver, Washington. It was the second high school built in the Evergreen Public Schools, and one of four high schools in the area.

History[edit]

Opened in 1981, Mountain View was the second high school built in the Evergreen Public Schools after Evergreen High School and followed by Heritage High School and Union High School. The four high schools share one football stadium, McKenzie Stadium, which is located adjacent to Evergreen High School.[citation needed]

Academic Programs[edit]

Mountain View High School offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes a wide variety of courses, including: career and technical education, English, fine arts, foreign languages, mathematics, physical education, science, social studies, special education, and performing arts.[1]

Thunder Success Academy[edit]

Along with its own students, Mountain View has also introduced and promoted several activities that are designed to help incoming students become successful in their later lives. A well-known example of this is the Thunder Success Academy, or TSA, which has two branches of older students, Thunder Crew, the general workers during the school year, and Thunder Mentors, who not only participate in Thunder Crew, but also attend a summer camp with the freshmen.

TSA has been so successful that other schools in Washington have modeled their own programs after it, in order to make their students feel responsible for each other, though some students just take the program for the .5 credit awarded to each student who takes TSA. TSA has expanded annually to take in several hundred freshmen every year, and introduce many students who have moved into the area to their new environs.

TSA talks about caring for every student and also is a chance for students to plan out their future goals.[citation needed]

Advanced Placement[edit]

Mountain View High School has one of the largest Advanced Placement (AP) programs in the area.[citation needed] Courses offered at the AP level include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Statistics, Computer Science, European History, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, Micro and Macroeconomics, Psychology, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Spanish, French, German, Human Geography, Studio Art, and Music Theory, but new course options are being added each year. AP classes can also be taken as an Independent Study in some departments. For the 2008-2009 school year, 86% of all AP exams taken by Mountain View students earned passing scores.[2]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Mountain View is home to a thriving music program. There are 3 concert bands, 2 jazz bands, two orchestras, one percussion ensemble, several choral groups, and dozens of student-organized chamber ensembles that compete at the Solo & Ensemble Contest. In December 2011, the school's top Jazz band was invited and had the opportunity to perform at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL.[citation needed] Many of the music groups tour during the year, such as up to Seattle or down to California. In 2013, the Wind Ensemble was accepted as a featured band in the Music for All National Concert Band Festival.[3]

Mountain View also has strong academic extracurricular activities, including:

  • Knowledge Bowl (2007 4A State Champs)[4]
  • Science Bowl
  • Key Club
  • Robotics Team
  • Speech and Debate
  • Science Oympiad

Athletics[edit]

Mountain View participates in the Greater St. Helens 3A league and is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association (WIAA). The school colors are royal blue, emerald green, and white. The school's mascot is Thunder, as represented by Thor and Thundra (a god and goddess that ride in a chariot wielding thunder bolts). However the school now uses Thunder Man as a mascot in pep rallies and assemblies.[citation needed]

Recently the school has been using a character called Blueman, though it is unclear whether he is replacing or supplementing Thunder Man.[citation needed] Over the past decade, an intense rivalry has developed between Mountain View and Evergreen High School. This rivalry is generally lighthearted, but has been known to spark fights and small riots at sporting events involving the two schools, including recent acts of vandalism to both schools prior to game. Another rival of Mountain View High School is Union High School.[citation needed]

State championships[edit]

  • Boys Soccer: 1991, 1992, 1993[5]
  • Girls Track: 1989
  • Softball: 1994

State runner-ups[edit]

  • Boys Soccer: 1994[5]
  • Boys Tennis: 1995
  • Girls Basketball: 1995
  • Softball: 2007

Honors[edit]

From 2007 to 2009, Mountain View was named by Newsweek as a top public school in America, placing 777 of 1500.[6][7] This list represented the top 6% of schools in the nation at the time.

In June 2010, Newsweek again listed Mountain View High School in its annual list of "America's Best High Schools," which included 1,600 (about 6 percent) of the nation's high schools. Mountain View was ranked 680th nationally and 11th out of 32 high schools listed in the state of Washington.[8]

Faculty[edit]

Patricia Downey, a Pre-AP Freshman English and Spanish 1-2 teacher and Key Club advisor, was recognized as a Women of Achievement by Clark College and The YMCA of Clark County.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°36′45″N 122°31′06″W / 45.61250°N 122.51833°W / 45.61250; -122.51833