Mountain View High School (Mountain View, California)

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Mountain View High School
3535 Truman Avenue
Mountain View, California
United States
Type Public
School district MVLA
Principal David Grissom
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,851 (2012)
Campus Open
Color(s) Gold and Black
National ranking 297th (as of 2013)

Mountain View High School (MVHS or MV) is located at 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View, California, 94040. It is one of two Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District public high schools. Mountain View High School serves a diverse student body of over 1750 students from the cities of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. As of 2012, the student body is 51% White, 25% Asian, 20% Hispanic, 2% other, and 2% African-American.[1] As a college preparatory high school, MVHS offers open access to all 25 Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses across the curriculum. The school earned the distinction of California Distinguished High School in 1994 and 2003. In 2000 and 2007, MVHS received a full 6 year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school sent 97% of its graduating class of 2013 to post-secondary schools. Newsweek ranked Mountain View High School as the 224th best public open enrollment high school in the nation in 2007.[2] In addition, the California Department of Education recognized Mountain View High School as a California Gold Ribbon School, citing its "Equal Opportunities Schools" program that identifies and supports first generation students taking rigorous academic courses.[3]

MVHS Theater and entrance


Before Mountain View High School was created in 1902, students living within the town's limits would take the train from Downtown Mountain View Station on Castro Street to attend either Palo Alto or Santa Clara High Schools. In August 1902, the town of Mountain View opened its first school at the corner of El Camino Real and Calderon Streets, named Mountain View Union High School. The student body, at the time, were mostly descendants of Civil War veterans,[citation needed] blue and gray were selected as school colors, and since the nation's mascot is an eagle, it would also become the official mascot of the school. By the dawn of the 1920s, the high school's student body was increasing to the point where the campus was unable to accommodate any more students. In 1922, the school district decided to build a brand new campus at a new location on Castro Street. The new campus first opened its doors in late August, 1924. By 1933, the opening of Moffett Field would force the school to add new buildings to the campus in order to accommodate both the locals and the military children who would be transferred in and out every year.

By the 1950s, Mountain View Union High School was once again unable to accommodate the increasing student body on its campus. In order to fix this issue, the school district added another school, Los Altos High, to the district in the small rural town of Los Altos.

By 1961, the district added another school near Grant Road at the corner of Truman and Bryant. This would be named Chester F. Awalt High School, this school closed in 1981 because by 1980, Mountain View Union High School began to see a decline in enrollment to where the school would have to be shut down. Mountain View School District (known today as MVLA) decided to sell the original school buildings back to the city and relocate to the newly closed Awalt High School location. Los Altos High School adopted the MV school colors and mascot. Thus, Mountain View became the black and gold Spartans and Los Altos dropped the Knights and became the blue and gray Eagles.


Mountain View High School offers a wide variety of classes. The high school holds an open enrollment policy: any student may register for any class being offered at the school, regardless of a student's grade. Mountain View High, like most Bay Area schools, offers all 8 of the AP advanced STEM classes including AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism. Environmental Science AP and Psychology AP were added as class options for the academic year of 2013-2014.

Performing Arts[edit]

Mountain View High School's music department includes a Symphonic Band (Open), Wind Ensemble (Audition), String Orchestra (Open), Chamber Orchestra (Audition), Symphony Orchestra (Audition), Jazz Ensemble (Audition), Studio 501 Big Band (Audition), Marching Band (Open), Color Guard, Winter Guard, as well as a Winter Percussion Ensemble. The Winter Guard competes in CCGC, in Scholastic A. Both the Color and Winter Guard are by audition. The Winter Percussion Ensemble, also by audition, competes in CCGC, as well as NCPA, in Open Class. The department also contains a 'notable' choral program consisting of three choirs: Chamber Choir, entry-level, and two award-winning auditioned choirs, A Cappella and Madrigals.


As of 2012, the enrollment at Mountain View High School was 1,851. During the 2012 school year, the students were 51% White, 20% Hispanic, 25% Asian, 2% Black, 1% Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander, <1% American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 2% two or more races.[1]

MVHS Library


Twenty Five students from the class of 2013 were named National Merit Scholar semifinalists.[4] The classroom student:teacher ratio is 21:1. Newsweek ranked Mountain View High School as the 224th best high school in the nation in 2007 .[2]

Mountain View also has high statewide test scores. In 2009 MVHS achieved an Academic Performance Index (API) score of 865.


MVHS Athletics is part of Central Coast Section (CCS), which governs High School Athletics from San Francisco to King City, and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). The school sponsors the following interscholastic teams for young men and women: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, football, volleyball, badminton, and water polo.

In the spring of 2014, the Men's Volleyball team came from behind to beat inter-city rival Saint Francis in 5 sets in the CCS Championship. They went on to win the Norcal Tournament, thus defeating Saint Francis a second time 3 sets to 1. They compiled a 34-3 record, 14-0 in league, and ranked #4 in the nation, #3 in state, according to Maxpreps.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mountain View High Student Body". U.S. News. 2012. 
  2. ^ a b America's Top Public High Schools | Newsweek Best High Schools |[dead link]
  3. ^ 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award
  4. ^ Los Altos Town Crier-Issue 46 dead link 2007-11-14 MVLA Students named national merit scholar semifinalists[dead link]
  5. ^ [/sports/w-wpolo/mtt/krikorian_adam00.html "Player Bio: Adam Krikorian"] Check |url= scheme (help). CBS Interactive. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
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  7. ^ [/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1455&Itemid=56 "From MV to D.C.: Pulitzer Prize-winning Mountain View alumnus chats with mentor"] Check |url= scheme (help). Los Altos Online. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 

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