Mt. Pleasant High School (San Jose, California)

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Mount Pleasant High School
1750 South White Road


United States
Coordinates37°20′46″N 121°48′30″W / 37.3462°N 121.8082°W / 37.3462; -121.8082Coordinates: 37°20′46″N 121°48′30″W / 37.3462°N 121.8082°W / 37.3462; -121.8082
School districtEast Side Union High School District
PrincipalMartha Guerrero
Teaching staff64.50 (FTE)[2]
Number of students1,292 (2017–18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio20.03[2]
Color(s)Red and black          [3]
Athletics conferenceCIF Central Coast Section Blossom Valley Athletic League

Mt. Pleasant High School is a public high school located in San Jose, California. It is a part of the East Side Union High School District

Steve Poizner[edit]

After selling his high-tech businesses, Steve Poizner worked at the school as a volunteer teacher, writing about it in Mount Pleasant: My Journey from Creating a Billion-Dollar Company to Teaching at a Struggling Public High School, a book released in April 2010. Poizner invoked hyperbole while describing the school, including exaggerating crime and graduation rates at the school and in the neighborhood.[4] Ira Glass and This American Life exposed the differences between Poizner's account and the true story of the school, with Glass calling the story "obviously and provably untrue."[5][6][7] Mt. Pleasant's high school principal, Teresa Marquez, cancelled Poizner's visit to the school, then Marquez and students protested the book at a book signing.[8][9] The book reached the fifth position of the New York Times bestseller list, but that was possibly through altering of the sales data by ResultSource, a book marketing company.[5][10]

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ Template:50th homecoming 25 Oct. 2014
  2. ^ a b c "Mt. Pleasant High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  3. ^ "CIF Directory" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  4. ^ Roberts, Jerry (8 April 2010). "Capitol Letters: When it rains, it pours". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  5. ^ a b Malcolm Maclachlan (29 April 2010). "Hundreds reportedly received unsolicited copies of Poizner memoir". Capitol Weekly. Archived from the original on 4 May 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Shelve Under Fiction? Steve Poizner's Book Lambasted for Misjudging San Jose Neighborhood, School". LAist. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Public radio's Ira Glass calls Poizner book 'so obviously and probably untrue'". Los Angeles Times. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  8. ^ Saunders, Debra J. (8 April 2010). "Republican volunteers at school - oh, the horrors". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  9. ^ Greene, Jessica (2 April 2010). "Outraged Protesters Confront Poizner at Book Signing". KNTV. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  10. ^ Scott Herhold, etc (2 May 2010). "Internal Affairs: The mysterious case of Poizner's best-selling book". The Mercury News. Retrieved 17 March 2014.

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