Merced High School

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Merced High School
Merced, California
United States
Type High School
Motto Home of Champions and Scholars
Established March 14, 1922 (1922-03-14)
Opened 1895
School district Merced Union High School District
Superintendent Alan Peterson
Principal Jon Schaefer
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,800
Color(s) Orange and black        
Athletics conference Central California Conference
Mascot Grizzly Bear
Accreditation WASC
Newspaper The Scholar

Merced High School is located in Merced, California, United States. It is a part of the Merced Union High School District.

The current enrollment is over 1,800 students in grades 9 through 12. The school is currently under Principal Jon Schaefer and Associate Principals Jannette McAuley, Greg McKinstry, Amy Pellissier, and Shane Smith.


The Merced High School Advanced Placement program is open for any student who wishes to be challenged in the fields of chemistry, English, physics, government, Spanish, biology, calculus, statistics and studio art. The teachers at Merced High School try to ensure that their students work their hardest, which explains the high percentage of students who pass the Advanced Placement examinations with a score of 3, 4, or 5. Merced High School's Advanced Placement exam and test scores have earned it a place among the Top 1300 schools in the United States by Newsweek magazine. The school has also earned a Bronze Award from U.S. News & World Report, having been cited as one of the top 1,800 schools in the United States.

The Merced High Academic Decathlon team took the title of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Merced County Champions and competed in Sacramento in March 2015, coming in 51st place in the state of California.[1]

Special programs[edit]

The school has the Newcomer Program for newly arrived immigrants. As of February 2006, 80 students from Southeast Asia were a part of the program. Many of them were refugees from the Thamkabok refugee camp in Thailand. Many had never had formal education before, did not know how to use writing utensils, and did not know how to write their own names.[2]

Student life[edit]

As of 2006 the school has an Asian Club, which has over 100 members. It is one of the largest groups at Merced High School. The Asian Club takes end of the year school trips and holds fundraising and social events.[2]


Merced High School produced the 2015-2016 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year. Madilyn Nickles received this award as the top high school softball player in America.[3]

As of 2016, the Merced High boys' swimming team has won eight straight Central California Conference championships.[4]

Merced High School has won the Central California Conference for three straight seasons in football (2014, 2015, and 2016).[5]


By January 1983, Merced High School North Campus had suddenly received over 200 Hmong refugee students, with almost all of them in English as a second language (ESL) programs. Between the northern hemisphere spring of 1982 and January 1983 the school doubled the size of its ESL program. A former assistant principal at Merced High North said that many of the Hmong students valued education and had almost perfect school attendance.[6]

Notable students[edit]


  1. ^ "" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-26.  External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b Yawger, Doane. "Learning Life in U.S. - Recent Laotian Immigrant Students Getting to Know Language, Food." Merced Sun-Star. Wednesday February 22, 2006. Local A1. Retrieved on March 12, 2012.
  3. ^ Gatorade POY (2016-06-09), Madilyn Nickles 2015-2016 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year, retrieved 2016-07-22 
  4. ^ "Merced boys win eighth straight CCC swimming title". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Merced High football still team to beat in CCC". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  6. ^ "Refugee students jam the schools." Merced Sun-Star. Friday January 21, 1983. Page 6. Retrieved from Google News (26 of 35) on March 11, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Vangay, Jonas. Hmong Parents' Cultural Attitudes and the Sex-Ratio Imbalance of Hmong Merced High School Graduates. Mong Pheng Community Inc., 1989.

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