Mountain View High School (Washington)

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Mountain View High School Thunder-T.png
1500 SE Blairmont Drive
Vancouver, Washington
United States
Type Secondary
Motto Home of the Mighty Thunder
Established 1981
School district Evergreen School District
Principal Matt Johnson
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1716
School color(s) Blue, Green, and White
Mascot Thunderman/Blueman/Thor
Rivals Evergreen High School & Union High School
Publication The View

Mountain View High School is a public high school located in Vancouver, Washington. It was the second high school built in the Evergreen Public Schools, and one of four high schools in the area.

Mountain View Thunder


Opened in 1981, Mountain View was the second high school built in the Evergreen Public Schools after Evergreen High School and followed by Heritage High School and Union High School. The four high schools share one football stadium, McKenzie Stadium, which is located adjacent to Evergreen High School.[citation needed]

Academic Programs[edit]

Mountain View High School offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes a wide variety of courses, including: career and technical education, English, fine arts, foreign languages, mathematics, physical education, science, social studies, special education, and performing arts.[1]

Thunder Success Academy[edit]

Along with its own students, Mountain View has also introduced and promoted several activities that are designed to help incoming students become successful in their later lives. A well-known example of this is the Thunder Success Academy, or TSA, which has two branches of older students, Thunder Crew, the general workers during the school year, and Thunder Mentors, who not only participate in Thunder Crew, but also attend a summer camp with the freshmen.

TSA has been so successful that other schools in Washington have modeled their own programs after it, in order to make their students feel responsible for each other, though some students just take the program for the .5 credit awarded to each student who takes TSA. TSA has expanded annually to take in several hundred freshmen every year, and introduce many students who have moved into the area to their new environs.

TSA talks about caring for every student and also is a chance for students to plan out their future goals.[citation needed]

Advanced Placement[edit]

Mountain View High School has one of the largest Advanced Placement (AP) programs in the area.[citation needed] Courses offered at the AP level include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Statistics, Computer Science, European History, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, Micro and Macroeconomics, Psychology, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Spanish, German, Human Geography, and Studio Art, but new course options are being added each year. AP classes can also be taken as an Independent Study in some departments. For the 2008-2009 school year, 86% of all AP exams taken by Mountain View students earned passing scores.[2]

Need Based Programs[edit]

Sign for Mandy's Pantry at Mountain View Highschool in Vancouver, WA

Mandy’s Pantry[edit]

Mandy’s Pantry is a food security program at Mountain View High School that opened in 2012. It was named in honor of a Mountain View Graduate, Mandy Lathim who died in a traffic accident. The pantry is one of the food pantries connected to the Evergreen school district's pantry project. The Pantry Project's mission statement is "To ensure that a students learning and development are not impaired by their lack of nutritious food.” The Pantry Project is sustained entirely by donations from the community. The pantry's main community partner is SHARE of Vancouver WA and are also supported by many grocery stores, restaurants, businesses and churches in the area.[3]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Mountain View is home to a thriving music program. There are 3 concert bands, 2 jazz bands, two orchestras, one percussion ensemble, several choral groups, and dozens of student-organized chamber ensembles that compete at the Solo & Ensemble Contest. In December 2011, the school's top Jazz band was invited and had the opportunity to perform at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL.[citation needed] Many of the music groups tour during the year, such as up to Seattle or down to California. In 2013, the Wind Ensemble was accepted as a featured band in the Music for All National Concert Band Festival.[4]

Mountain View also has strong academic extracurricular activities, including:

  • Knowledge Bowl (2007 4A State Champs)[5]
  • Science Bowl
  • Key Club
  • Robotics Team
  • Speech and Debate
  • Science Olympiad
  • HOSA (Future Health Professionals)
  • Math Club


Mountain View participates in the Greater St. Helens 3A league and is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association (WIAA). The school colors are royal blue, emerald green, and white. The school's mascot is Thunder, as represented by Thor and Thundra (a god and goddess that ride in a chariot wielding thunder bolts). However the school now uses Thunder Man as a mascot in pep rallies and assemblies.[citation needed]

Recently the school has been using a character called Blueman, though it is unclear whether he is replacing or supplementing Thunder Man.[citation needed] Over the past decade, an intense rivalry has developed between Mountain View and Evergreen High School. This rivalry is generally lighthearted, but has been known to spark fights and small riots at sporting events involving the two schools, including recent acts of vandalism to both schools prior to game. Another rival of Mountain View High School is Union High School.[citation needed]

State championships[edit]

  • Boys Soccer: 1991, 1992, 1993[6]
  • Girls Track: 1989
  • Softball: 1994
  • Men's Golf (Individual): 2018

State runners-up[edit]

  • Boys Soccer: 1994[6]
  • Boys Tennis: 1995
  • Girls Basketball: 1995
  • Softball: 2007


From 2007 to 2009, Mountain View was named by Newsweek as a top public school in America, placing 777 of 1500.[7][8] This list represented the top 6% of schools in the nation at the time.

In June 2010, Newsweek again listed Mountain View High School in its annual list of "America's Best High Schools," which included 1,600 (about 6 percent) of the nation's high schools. Mountain View was ranked 680th nationally and 11th out of 32 high schools listed in the state of Washington.[9]


Patricia Downey, a Pre-AP Freshman English and Spanish 1-2 teacher and Key Club advisor, was recognized as a Women of Achievement by Clark College and The YMCA of Clark County.[10]

In 2015, Patricia Redding, a Computer Science teacher, received the Educator Award from the Oregon and Southwest Washington Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mountain View High School". Mountain View High School. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Evergreen School District Foundation". Evergreen School District Foundation. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "2014 Festival Ensembles"
  5. ^ "Mountain View High School Scholars - Smart, wise and full of Thunder"
  6. ^ a b Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association. Tournament History: Championship Information.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Newsweek's complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. high schools". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "In our view: Academic Acclaim." The Columbian - Serving Clark County, Washington. The Columbian, 16 June 2010. Web. 17 June 2010. <>.
  10. ^ Women of Achievement inducts its 24th class-, Clark County, Washington, Vancouver, Breaking News, U.S., World, Entertainment, Video, Weather, Sports[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Faust, Gerry & Love, Steve (2013). The Golden Dream. Skyhorse Publishing. 
  13. ^

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Coordinates: 45°36′45″N 122°31′06″W / 45.61250°N 122.51833°W / 45.61250; -122.51833