Monrovia High School

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Monrovia High School
845 West Colorado Boulevard


United States
Coordinates34°08′45″N 118°01′02″W / 34.145766°N 118.017111°W / 34.145766; -118.017111Coordinates: 34°08′45″N 118°01′02″W / 34.145766°N 118.017111°W / 34.145766; -118.017111
TypePublic, High School
School districtMonrovia Unified School District
PrincipalKirk McGinnis
Enrollment1,687[1] (2016-17)
Color(s)Green and White         
Athletics conferenceRio Hondo League
CIF Southern Section

Monrovia High School is a public high school located in Monrovia, California, a northeastern suburb of Los Angeles, United States. Monrovia High School is the only grades 9–12 comprehensive high school in the Monrovia Unified School District. Established in 1893, the campus is located in an environment of neo-Spanish architecture, green lawns, hundred-year-old oak trees, and is nestled against the San Gabriel Mountains. The portion of the campus designed in 1928 is the work of noted Los Angeles architect John C. Austin.

In 2006, the citizens of Monrovia approved a $45 million bond for the high school. Major construction transformed the campus by adding a science building with technology labs, a gymnasium to support the physical education and sports programs, a stadium and bleachers, an overall renovation of the campus.


Monrovia High School has a Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association division 2A band, an indoor drumline and a jazz band.


On October 23, 1946, the high school was the site of the fourth debate between incumbent Congressman Jerry Voorhis and his challenger, future president Richard Nixon.[2]

In 1971, George Trapp, an alumnus of the Monrovia high school was the first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks.[3]

In 1993, Corie Blount, another alumnus of the school, was the first round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls.

On July 22, 1996, then-President Bill Clinton visited Monrovia High School and made a speech.[citation needed]

The school has also been the site of movie shoots including Not Another Teen Movie, A Cinderella Story, Liar, Liar, Leave it to Beaver, and Drive Me Crazy. MHS was also the filming site of 976-EVIL.[citation needed]

Competes in the Rio Hondo League in all sports.

The varsity football team won the CIF-Southern Section championship in its 10th try, defeating Whittier Christian High of La Habra by a score of 38–8 on December 11, 2010. The game was played at Arcadia High School with Monrovia High as the home team. Head Coach Ryan Maddox is the Pasadena Star-News football coach of the year. Quarterback Nick Bueno, a senior graduating in 2011, wins the Rio Hondo League's Most Valuable Player award and is the Pasadena Star-News player of the year for 2010.

The varsity football team won the CIF-Southern Section championship again in 2011, defeating San Gabriel High School (Alhambra Unified School District) on December 10, 2011 by the score of 53–14, at Monrovia High School, giving head coach Ryan Maddox a second championship in a row.

The varsity football team won the CIF-Southern Section championship for the third time in a row in 2012, beating Paraclete High School of Lancaster by the score of 23–7 on November 30, 2012, at Monrovia High School, giving head coach Ryan Maddox a third championship in a row.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Monrovia High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Yesterday's Heritage for Today's Child: A History of Monrovia, California. 1986 p. 81.
  3. ^ Nafpliotis, Nick (29 January 2012). "Atlanta Hawks' Top 10 Worst Draft Picks of All Time". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Chris Hale". Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Monrovia High grad wins Nobel Prize in economics". Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Ex-Monrovia High Cheerleader and Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Denied Parole by State Supreme Court". Monrovia, CA Patch. 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2017-07-26.

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