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Mira Mesa Senior High School (MMHS) is a public high school in the San Diego Unified School District. The school is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School. The school has an overall rating of 9.6/10 according to parents and students from the website[4] The school serves the Mira Mesa community as well as students participating in the San Diego Unified School Districts Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program (VEEP).

Mira Mesa Senior High School
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10510 Marauder Way

United States
Motto'We Bleed Blue and Gold'
Established13 September 1976 [1]
School districtSan Diego Unified School District
PrincipalJeff Sabins [2]
Teaching staff93.00 (FTE)[3]
Enrollment2,322 (2017-18)[3]
Student to teacher ratio24.97[3]
Color(s)          Blue and gold
Athletics conferenceEastern League; CIF San Diego Section
NewspaperThe Marquee


Student enrollment breakdown as of 2019.[5]

  Filipino (22%)
  Hispanic (10.5%)
  Indochinese (13.5%)
  Native American (0.2%)
  Pacific Islander (0.7%)
  White (25.8%)
  Multiracial (10.6%)
  African American (5.3%)
  Asian (11.3%)

Located in the northern portion of the San Diego city limits, Mira Mesa is located in an area once situated by Native American tribes. Due to much of the land being considered wasteland, it was not put to much use for years until in the early 1960s. Developers saw its potential to relieve the housing shortage San Diego was facing.

In 1974, a school bond issue was passed to help build the schools that the now full-fledged town of Mira Mesa sorely needed. On September 13, 1976, Mira Mesa Jr./Sr. High School was opened and now serves grades 9-12, fed by the local Challenger and Wangenheim Middle Schools.[6]

Since 1998, Mira Mesa High School has seen an increase in diversity among its students. As of the 2014-15 school year, the student body was composed at around 28% Filipino, 22% Hispanic, and 14% White.[7]

In the spring of 2016 the school was re-accredited for another six years by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[8]

Starting in 2019 major construction projects started on campus, including a new building replacing the bungalow units, and a new music buildings in the front of the school.[9]


Mira Mesa High School's Athletics programs include: Football, basketball, field hockey, waterpolo, swimming, baseball, soccer, tennis, cross country, cheerleading, volleyball, badminton, softball, wrestling, lacrosse, track and field etc.

The Mira Mesa Wrestling team won its first ever CIF Championship (Division 1) in 2014. The wrestling team has also won seven consecutive Eastern League Titles (2012-2018) and seven consecutive San Diego City Conference Titles (2012-2018).[10]



In 2019, the average score for the SAT Verbal test is 527. The average for SAT math being 582. The average SAT score overall was 1672, ranking highest in the city of San Diego.[11]

Advanced Placement and HonorsEdit

Mira Mesa High School offers a wide variety of AP and Honors classes. Classes range from AP Human Geography starting from 9th grade to subjects such as AP Literature for students in their senior year.

Language ProgramsEdit

Mira Mesa High School offers several language programs, including Spanish, French, and Japanese. Students at the high school are required to take at least two years of a foreign language class, while the school recommends 3 according to college acceptance standards.

College AttendanceEdit

Mira Mesa High School has a relatively high post secondary education rate of 92%[12] for the San Diego Unified School District. Most students attend the local University of California San Diego (UCSD) or San Diego State University.

Performing ArtsEdit

Mira Mesa High School's marching band, the Sapphire Sound, was part of the band that performed in the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremonies. The band also performed in the 2016 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2016. The marching band has 263 members. In 2019 the schools Symphonic Band and Symphonic Orchestra were invited to play at the Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Mira Mesa AFJROTCEdit

Mira Mesa High School is home to the 936th Wing of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (CA-936) which is one of the thirteen units contained within the San Diego Unified School District JROTC Joint Brigade.[13] Established in September 1993, CA-936 has served Mira Mesa High School and the local community, participating in many community service events such as the annual Mira Mesa Street Fair and Fourth of July Parade.[14]

Currently, CA-936 is led by two certified Aerospace Science Instructors consisting of a retired United States Air Force Major and a retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant. Cadet leadership within the wing consists of a thirteen-member "Senior Staff" led by a Wing Commander. The unit has four drill teams: a Sabre Team, an Armed Fancy Drill Team, an Unarmed Fancy Drill Team, and Color Guard. The program also boasts several special teams: a Cyberpatriot Team, an Awareness Presentation Team, an Academic Team, and a Youth Physical Fitness Team. The Wing has a friendly rivalry with Herbert Hoover High School's Army JROTC Group. They are also neighbors to the Scripps Ranch Air Force JROTC (CA-935) unit. In addition to being awarded the Distinguished Unit Award multiple times by Headquarters AFJROTC, CA-936 has twice been awarded the SDUSD Brigade's Stilwell trophy in 2001 and 2002.[15]

The Witch Creek FireEdit

Evacuees at evacuation site

On October 22, 2007, many victims found shelter in the school gym, after they evacuated from the Witch Creek Fire and several other fires threatening San Diego at the time. The fire burned over 20,000 acres (81 km2).

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ a b c "Mira Mesa High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Explore Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, CA". Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ "History | Mira Mesa". Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  7. ^ "School Accountability Report Card - Mira Mesa High School" (PDF).
  8. ^ "SARC School Report Card".
  9. ^ "Mira Mesa High School Site Projects" (PDF).
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Mira Mesa Senior High (San Diego, CA) Detailed School Profile, Performance Statistics, Teacher and Student Info, Test Results". Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  12. ^ "Mira Mesa High School Geographics".
  13. ^ Archived 2015-05-18 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^
  15. ^ Archived 2015-05-18 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "MIRA MESA GRAD CHELIOS AMONG HALL INDUCTEES". San Diego Union-Tribune. July 10, 2013. Archived from the original on April 29, 2014.
  17. ^ "Jessica Fischer". Stanford Cardinal. Archived from the original on August 26, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  18. ^ "Four-run hole no problem as Mira Mesa climbs back to win". The San Diego Union-Tribune. May 23, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2018.

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