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Archbishop Mitty High School

Archbishop Mitty High School (commonly known as Mitty) is a private, Roman Catholic high school located in San Jose, California, USA. The school is named for the late Archbishop John Joseph Mitty, the fourth Archbishop of San Francisco. It was the first diocesan Catholic high school in the Santa Clara Valley. Construction of the school began in 1963, and when completed, the campus occupied its present twenty-four acres. It is owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California.

Archbishop Mitty High School
Archbishop Mitty High School logo.svg
5000 Mitty Avenue
San José, (Santa Clara County), California 95129
United States
Coordinates 37°18′56″N 121°59′36″W / 37.31556°N 121.99333°W / 37.31556; -121.99333Coordinates: 37°18′56″N 121°59′36″W / 37.31556°N 121.99333°W / 37.31556; -121.99333
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1964
Founder Archbishop Joseph T. McGucken
Oversight Diocese of San Jose
Principal Tim Brosnan
Grades 9-12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 1,748[1] (2014)
Average class size 25
Student to teacher ratio 16:1
Campus Suburban
Campus size 24 acres (9.7 ha)
Color(s) Black and Gold         
Fight song "Hail To The Black and Gold"
Athletics conference West Catholic Athletic League
Mascot Archie the Lion
Team name Monarchs
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
Average SAT scores 1830
Average ACT scores 26
Newspaper The Monarch
Yearbook Excalibur
Tuition $17,850



Construction of Archbishop Mitty High School began in 1963. Initially, brothers and priests of the Society of Mary (Marianists) were given responsibility to conduct the school. The school opened in the fall of 1964 with 189 male students. The first classes of Archbishop Mitty were held on the grounds of the adjacent Queen of Apostles Elementary School, but moved to the newly completed high school buildings in April 1965. Archbishop Mitty High School expanded its student body in 1969 and began sharing classes with Mother Butler Memorial High School (on the site of the current Harker School upper school campus), St. Lawrence Girls High School, with consolidation of the three schools to be completed by the fall of 1972. With the creation of the Diocese of San Jose in 1981, Archbishop Mitty became the only high school owned and operated by the Diocese. Today, the school campus encompasses 24 acres (9.7 ha) in West San Jose along Lawrence Expressway. In 1990, Bishop Pierre DuMaine appointed Mr. Tim Brosnan principal of Archbishop Mitty High School.[3]


Archbishop Mitty High School is located in west San Jose. The school is located near highway 280, and is bordered by Lawrence Expressway on one side and Queen of Apostles School on the other. Mitty has a 24-acre (9.7 ha) campus. The main entrance and staff and faculty parking lot are located in front of the school. There is also a flag pole and the school sign near the main entrance. The campus also includes a large metal lion. To the west there is the student parking lot, located near the Fien and MacLean Gyms. Towards the east side of the campus is the junior parking lot (tennis courts in the area were removed to expand the junior parking lot). The junior parking lot is in close proximity to the baseball and softball fields. Towards the back of the school is the track and the football field. Under the football grandstand is the newly built Caputo Weight Training Room, which is open to students and faculty. The pool is located parallel to the football field. Alumna and Olympic volleyball champion Kerri Walsh donated a new professional sand volleyball court, which is located towards the back of the school, behind the baseball field. In December 2011 the Schott Family Music Center, complete with recording studios, opened, allowing the old band room to be converted into a dance studio that was re-opened in January 2012. In 2017, the John A. and Susan Sobrato Science and Student Life Center was opened. [4]

Student bodyEdit

In front of Archbishop Mitty High School.

As of the 2014-2015 school year, there are 1748 students who attend Archbishop Mitty High School with about 49% male and 51% female. While the racial composition of Archbishop Mitty changes every year, the student body is currently 41.7% White, 27.1% Asian, 12.7% Hispanic/Latino, 3.4% African-American, 14% Multi-Racial, 0.7% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and 0.4% Native American. In terms of religious affiliation, 62% of the student body is Catholic.[5]


As a Catholic college preparatory school, Archbishop Mitty requires coursework in English, mathematics, social studies, science, modern language, fine arts, physical education, and religious studies. Archbishop Mitty also provides honors and Advanced Placement program, offering students over 34 AP courses and honors courses.

Mitty offers the following Honors, AP's and Accelerated Courses.[6]

  • English I Accelerated
  • American Literature Honors
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP US History
  • AP World History
  • AP European History
  • AP Government and Politics: United States
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Psychology
  • Spanish I Accelerated
  • Spanish II Honors
  • Spanish III Honors
  • AP Spanish Language
  • French II Honors
  • French III Honors
  • AP French Language
  • AP Chinese Language and Culture
  • Algebra I Accelerated
  • Algebra II Honors
  • Algebra II/Trig Honors
  • Geometry Honors
  • Pre-Calculus Honors
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Statistics
  • Biology Honors
  • AP Biology
  • Chemistry Honors
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Physics Honors
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Music Theory

Tablet computers in educationEdit

As of the 2012-2013 school year, Archbishop Mitty High School was the first high school in America to give Apple Inc. iPad tablet computers to all students and teachers.[7] The 2010-2011 school year was a pilot year where a few select students were given iPads as a test. The iPads are equipped with certain electronic books and application programs ("apps") that the students are allowed to use. The iPod/music software are locked, students are only allowed to use these apps outside of the classroom. However the apps are strictly educational only. [8]


The Archbishop Mitty Monarchs field 67 teams in 25 sports, most of them in the West Catholic Athletic League of the CIF Central Coast Section. Sports include football, badminton, basketball, baseball, cross country, field hockey, roller hockey, ice hockey, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, and lacrosse. Mitty's rivals include Bellarmine College Preparatory and Saint Francis High School (Mountain View).

Men's athleticsEdit

Women's athleticsEdit

In 2009, Mitty's athletic program was ranked first in the state and third in the nation by Sports Illustrated after Mitty won state championships in softball, women's volleyball, women's swimming, and women's tennis.[9]

Nationally, MaxPreps ranked the women's volleyball team 1st with an undefeated record in 2009.[10] The Women's varsity volleyball team has won the CIF State championship 13 times including in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.[11] [12] [13] [14]

In 2013 and 2015 the Women's Basketball won a state championship.[15][16]


  • Excalibur Yearbook - The Archbishop Mitty Yearbook, made by students
  • The Monarch Newspaper - Archbishop Mitty's Official School Newspaper, made by students

Notable alumniEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Archbishop Mitty High School - History". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Catholic, The Valley. "Archbishop Mitty High School Dedicates New Building Bishop McGrath Holds Mass, Blesses Facility | The Valley Catholic News". Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
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  7. ^ May, Patrick (March 2, 2012). "Archbishop Mitty High School embraces iPad as learning tool", The Mercury News. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Archbishop Mitty High School embraces iPad as learning tool". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bleacher Report". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose, CA) 2009 Volleyball Schedule". 1 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Archbishop Mitty girls win ninth state volleyball title". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "California: CIF Volleyball State Finals Preview". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "CIF state volleyball finals: Archbishop Mitty claims its third straight state title". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "CIF NorCal volleyball final: Archbishop Mitty moves closer to state title". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "CIF state basketball: Archbishop Mitty girls have history on their side in state final". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
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  17. ^ "Aaron Bates Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Brandi Chastain - Awards And Accomplishments". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Chow, Blake - Los Angeles Police Department". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Chris Codiroli Statistics and History -". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "Polina Edmunds -- Official Website". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  22. ^ "Aaron Gordon". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  23. ^ "NBA Draft 2014: A Tale of Two Failures". Bruins Nation. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  24. ^ "Sixers sign Drew Gordon and Malcolm Lee". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  25. ^ Scroggin, Joshua D. "Cal Poly's Haniger taken by Milwaukee in the Major League Baseball draft | Cal Poly". Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Archbishop Mitty High School - Hall of Fame". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  27. ^ "USA Basketball: Sue Phillips". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  28. ^ " Danielle Robinson Playerfile". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  29. ^ "Search Results". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  30. ^ "Mike Vail Statistics and History -". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  31. ^ "Kerri Walsh-Jennings Biography". A&E Television Networks, LLC. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  32. ^ "Kerri Walsh". Team USA. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

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