Monta Vista High School
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|Monta Vista High School|
21840 McClellan Road|
Cupertino, California 95014
|Type||Public four-year high school|
|School district||Fremont Union High School District|
|Color(s)||Purple and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Santa Clara Valley Athletic League|
|USNWR ranking||unranked |
|Newspaper||El Estoque |
|Website||Monta Vista High School|
Monta Vista High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in the Silicon Valley city of Cupertino, California, US. Part of the Fremont Union High School District, the school serves most of the suburban residential and industrial technology enriched area of western Cupertino. Monta Vista is ranked by Newsweek as the 18th best high school in the United States.
Monta Vista High opened in 1969, initially offering only freshman and sophomore classes; the first class graduated in 1972. The first year also included the freshman class from Fremont High in Sunnyvale, which were displaced by a fire in the main building after the 1969 graduation. Since then, its student body size has averaged about 2400 students.
For the 2014–15 school year, Monta Vista reported enrollment of 2373 students, with demographics as 79.8% Asian, 16.4% White, and 3.8% Other (African American, Latino, Native American). 3.1% of students were classified as Limited English. The school's student body is considerably affluent, with less than 4% of students being eligible for free lunch meals. 
A 2005 Wall Street Journal article described the influx of Asians at Monta Vista and suggested that the school was experiencing a "white flight" caused by White American families feeling overwhelmed by the academic focus of the school's majority Asian American students.
In 2012 and 2013, Monta Vista scored 10/10 with 956 points out of 1000 for the Academic Performance Index; this score is the highest API score of all high schools in the Santa Clara County, followed by Lynbrook High (946) and Saratoga High (933). After analyzing 21,069 public high schools in America, US News & World Report issued America's Best High Schools in 2009 which ranked Monta Vista #73. Another report of public and private high schools by Business Insider and Niche ranked the students' average SAT/ACT scores as 15th nationwide. The Los Angeles Times ranked Monta Vista fourth among all public high schools in California using a similar metric. In 2016, Newsweek's 1,200 top U.S. schools ranked Monta Vista #18, the 2nd best Californian high school. The highest ranked school in the Fremont Union High School District, The Washington Post magazine ranked Monta Vista as the 57th best high school in the United States, the fourth highest academically performing high school in all of California, and the highest academically ranked school in the Fremont Union High School District in 2005. Though these rankings exclude private schools, many have selective admission policies, whereas public schools like Monta Vista and Lynbrook are open to all students that live within the assigned school boundaries, and each year proof of residency is required and verified for enrollment. For this reason, these rankings do not necessarily provide accurate results for all high schools.
The school offers eight honors classes and fifteen Advanced Placement classes. During students' junior and senior years, they can choose to participate in one of the alternative programs offered through De Anza College. The Middle College Program is available to juniors and seniors, while College Now is offered exclusively to members of the senior class. These programs allow students to explore interests with classes that aren't always offered at high school and build up college credits while completing the requirements for a diploma.
The majority of the school's buildings are built in the Spanish Mission architectural style. The school has been undergoing a multimillion-dollar facilities modernization, with a new library, completed in late 2005. Small renovations, such as the fitting of metal doors in place of old wooden ones, were completed over in 2006. The athletic facilities, such as the gym, swimming pool, football field, and locker rooms have now completed renovation. A new school office has also been constructed. In 2012, the school undertook a modernization and renovation of the campus, completed in early 2014. A new field, track, and stadium were built along with a new student union and newly renovated cafeteria, which saw the addition of six classrooms to the campus.
- Matt Arya (Class of 1990) — former professional soccer player
- Dylan Fergus (Class of 1998) — actor
- Sheryl Johnson (Class of 1975) — Stanford field hockey coach and USA Field Hockey player of the year
- Kyle Kingsbury (Class of 2000) — UFC fighter
- Andrew Martinez (Class of 1990) — "The Naked Guy" at the University of California, Berkeley, Monta Vista football player
- DJ Patil (Class of 1993) — Chief Data Scientist of the United States
- Daniel Puder (Class of 1999) — MMA fighter
- Ron Reis (Class of 1988) — former WCW wrestler, Monta Vista basketball player
- Robert Rothbart (Class of 2004), Bosnian-Israeli-Serbian professional basketball player playing center for Ironi Nahariya in Israel
- Stephanie Sheh (Class of 1995) — voice actress
- Beth A. Simmons (Class of 1976) — professor and academic
- Vance Walberg (Class of 1974) — Pepperdine University men's basketball coach
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- O'Brien, Matt. "White House taps Silicon Valley's DJ Patil as data chief". Silicon Beat. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
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