Mira Mesa Senior High School

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Mira Mesa Senior High School
Mira mesa high logo.png
Address
10510 Marauder Way
San Diego, California 92126
United States
Information
Type Public
Motto 'We Bleed Blue and Gold'
Established 13 September 1976 [1]
School district San Diego Unified School District
Principal Jeff Sabins [2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,426 (October 2015) [3]
Campus Suburban
Color(s)           Blue and gold
Athletics conference Eastern League; CIF San Diego Section
Mascot Marauders
Newspaper The Marquee
Yearbook Mirada
Website

Mira Mesa Senior High School is a public high school in the San Diego Unified School District. The school is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School.

History[edit]

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Student enrollment breakdown as of 2015.[4]

  Filipino (28.1%)
  Hispanic (21.8%)
  Indochinese (13.5%)
  Native American (0.2%)
  Pacific Islander (0.7%)
  White (14.5%)
  Multiracial (10.6%)
  African American (5.3%)
  Asian (5.2%)

Located in the northern portion of the San Diego city limits, Mira Mesa is located in an area once situated by Native American tribes. Due to much of the land being considered wasteland, it was not put to much use for years until in the early 1960s. Developers saw its potential to relieve the housing shortage San Diego was facing.

In 1974, a school bond issue was passed to help build the schools that the now full-fledged town of Mira Mesa sorely needed. On September 13, 1976, Mira Mesa Jr./Sr. High School was opened and now serves grades 9-12, fed by the local Challenger and Wangenheim Middle Schools.[5]

Since 1998, Mira Mesa High School has seen an increase in diversity among its students. As of the 2014-15 school year, the student body was composed at around 28% Filipino, 22% Hispanic, and 14% White.[6]

Athletics[edit]

Mira Mesa High School's Athletics programs include: Football, basketball, field hockey, waterpolo, swimming, baseball, soccer, tennis, cross country, cheerleading, volleyball, badminton, softball, wrestling, lacrosse, track and field etc.

The Mira Mesa Wrestling team won its first ever CIF Championship (Division 1) in 2014. The wrestling team has also won Five consecutive Eastern League Titles (2012-2016) and five consecutive San Diego City Conference Titles (2012-2016).[citation needed]

Performing arts[edit]

Mira Mesa High School's marching band, the Sapphire Sound, was part of the band that performed in the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremonies. The band also performed in the 2016 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2016. The marching band has 263 members.

Mira Mesa AFJROTC[edit]

Mira Mesa High School is home to the 936th Wing of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (CA-936) which is one of the thirteen units contained within the San Diego Unified School District JROTC Joint Brigade.[7] Established in September 1993, CA-936 has served Mira Mesa High School and the local community, participating in many community service events such as the annual Mira Mesa Street Fair and 4 July Parade.[8]

Currently, CA-936 is led by two certified Aerospace Science Instructors consisting of a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and a retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant. Cadet leadership within the wing consists of a nine-member "Senior Staff" led by a Wing Commander. The unit has four drill teams: a Sabre Team, an Armed Fancy Drill Team, an Unarmed Fancy Drill Team, and Color Guard. The program also boasts several special teams: a Cyber Team, an Awareness Presentation Team, an Academic Team, and a Youth Physical Fitness Team. The Wing has a friendly rivalry with Herbert Hoover High School's Army JROTC Group. They are also neighbors to the Scripps Ranch Air Force JROTC (CA-935) unit. In addition to being awarded the Distinguished Unit Award multiple times by Headquarters AFJROTC, CA-936 has twice been awarded the SDUSD Brigade's Stilwell trophy in 2001 and 2002.[9]

The Witch Creek Fire[edit]

Evacuees at evacuation site

On October 22, 2007, many victims found shelter in the school gym, after they evacuated from the Witch Creek Fire and several other fires threatening San Diego at the time. The fire burned over 20,000 acres (81 km2).

Notable alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 32°54′39″N 117°08′26″W / 32.91083°N 117.14056°W / 32.91083; -117.14056