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Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS or MSJ) is a public, co-educational, four-year secondary school founded in 1964. It is located in the Mission San Jose district of Fremont, California, United States. It is one of the five comprehensive high schools of Fremont Unified School District. Mission San Jose High School is the 3rd largest high school in Fremont.

Mission San Jose High School
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41717 Palm Ave.


Coordinates37°32′40″N 121°56′0″W / 37.54444°N 121.93333°W / 37.54444; -121.93333
School districtFremont Unified School District
CEEB code050970
PrincipalJeff Evans
Enrollment2,003 (2017-18)[2]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Green, black, and white             
USNWR ranking76th (2017)[3]
NewspaperThe Smoke Signal
Feeder schoolsHopkins Junior High School


In April 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Mission San Jose High as the 76th best high school in the United States. The school was ranked 12th within California, with an Advanced Placement participation rate of 91%.[4]

Mission San Jose High front entrance with the library building on the left and office on the right

The school was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 1987, 1996, and 2008.[citation needed]



As of the 2018-2019 school year, 92.4% of the students were Asian American (primarily Indian and Chinese), 5% were European American, 1.6% were Hispanic and 0.3% were African American.[5] According to California School Dashboard, in 2017 MSJH had 3.8% socioeconomically disadvantaged students and 3.1% English Learners out of its total population of 2003.[6]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

Academic competitionsEdit

Quiz bowl-style tournamentsEdit

In 2008, Mission San Jose's National Ocean Science Bowl Team placed first at the regional competition, advancing to the National Competition and placing second behind Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.[7]

In 2015, Mission San Jose's Ocean Science Bowl team finished fourth in nationals; they attended nationals again in 2017[8][9].

Speech and DebateEdit

In 2004-2005, Mission San Jose's Lincoln-Douglas Debate team (also known as OHSODEF) was ranked first in the country.[10] The team won the National Tournament of Champions in 2003 and closed out (having two debaters meet in the final round of) the 2004 Fall Classic tournament at the Greenhill School.[11]

Local (Bay Area) competitionsEdit

At the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium WonderCup Challenge, MSJ has won in four years; three of those wins were in a row (2004–2006).[12]

Go tournamentsEdit

Mission San Jose's Go team took first place at the California High School Go Championships three years in a row (2005–2007). In 2008, the MSJ Go club won first place in the Open Division to become the national champions. In 2010, Mission won first place in Division A at the newly formed Bay Area High School Go Tournament.[13]

Chess tournamentsEdit

In 2005, the team tied for first place at the CalNorthYouthChess regionals. In 2000, the team took first at the State Scholastic Championship.[14]


Mission San Jose High School's old bell tower, which was replaced with a less prominent structure similar in design after a section of one of the legs began to deteriorate.

Mission San Jose High School belongs to the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), which comprises the five high schools in Fremont as well as Newark Memorial High School, the only high school in Newark. The MVAL is a league of the North Coast Section of the California Interscholastic Federation.

Mission High School's championships include badminton (2004-2017 NCS champions), tennis (2004 and 2009 NCS champions) and swimming (League champions for over 26 consecutive years).[citation needed]

In 2009, the boys' team won the NorCal Championships. The following fall, the girls' team had an 84-0 league individual record, first place in the MVAL team tournament, first and third place in the MVAL singles tournament, and a doubles sweep in the MVAL doubles tournament.

In the 2011 season, the girls golf team team placed second at NCS Championships and first at NorCal Championships. In the 2012 season, the team placed first at NCS Championships and third at Norcal Championships.[15]

In the 1978 football season, the football team was the first in MVAL history to win the North Coast Section 4A Varsity Football Championship, going undefeated 12-0. Michael Carnell rushed for a record 2,364 yards and 44 [16] touchdowns in one season. The Warriors also produced former SF 49er and Super Bowl XXIX Champion Gary Plummer.[17][18]

The team was disbanded following the 2015 season.

Mission's Winter Guard team won Champion status in the 2006 Novice Division competition against fifteen other guard units at Del Oro. The team also placed first at the 2011 NCBA Winterguard Championship at Del Oro in 2011, for the Intermediate Division.

The school colors are green and white and the mascot is the warrior. Its logo was the Mission Peak (a mountain easily visible from campus) until recently, when a new warrior logo was designed and implemented by student vote. The school's previous logo was a feathered arrow, but this was changed in the late 1990s in response to controversies surrounding the use of Native American mascots and symbols by American schools. Currently, the school designates the "Mission Man" as a mascot.


Mission San Jose High School building

Campus designEdit

Marquee in front of the school

Built in the 1960s, the campus was designed for about 1,600 to 1,800 students and has eight wings and a main office. B-wing classrooms are typically for the math and social science departments, and the C-wing is primarily for the science department. The main auditorium, C-120, is part of the C-wing. The English and fine arts departments are located in the E-wing.

The G-wing includes the large and small gyms, the boys' and girls' locker rooms, swimming pool, and weight training room. L-wing is the library section. Located just across from the main office, it also includes the copy center and other rooms.

The drama and foreign language classes are found in the M-wing. N-wing classrooms typically hold the freshman classes (i.e. health and geography), but the culinary arts classroom, foreign language classrooms, and some English classes are found there as well.

The P-wing is composed entirely of portable buildings. As of 2013, some of the portables had been torn down to allow for construction of a new two-story building for the english department.

A new A-wing was constructed and used during the 2010-11 school year. The building is used mostly by the math department.

Students on their way to class

Notable alumniEdit


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  6. ^ "California Department of Education - LCFF-LCAP".
  7. ^ "Welcome - Estuary & Ocean Science Center".
  8. ^ "2017 NOSB Finals". National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). 2016-07-06. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  9. ^ "2015 NOSB Finals". National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  10. ^ "National Debate Rankings » Blog Archive » 2004-2005 Final Squad NDR". 2011-07-23.
  11. ^ " LD_Greenhill.html". 22 August 2007.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2007-04-22. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "American Go Honor Society".
  14. ^ Archived 2006-04-27 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Contra Consta Times "Mission San Jose High Girls Win North Coast Section Golf Championship", San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, 30 October 2012. Retrieved on 10 November 2012.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2008-06-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ Weaver, Mike (1987-12-09). "Ex-Mission star tries to break into NFL". San Jose Mercury News * The Weekly. pp. 14 –.
  18. ^ Staff, Writer (1977-11-07). "Faces In The Crowd / Mike Carnell". Sports Illustrated. p. 93.

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