Monte Vista High School is public, comprehensive high school located in Spring Valley, California, and serves 1,960 students in grades nine through twelve. Opened in 1961, Monte Vista is the seventh of twelve high schools built in the Grossmont Union High School District.
|Monte Vista High School|
3230 Sweetwater Springs Boulevard
|Type||Public comprehensive secondary|
|Motto||This is Monarch Territory|
|Established||September 17, 1961|
|School district||Grossmont Union High School District|
|Teaching staff||74.06 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||22.56|
|Color(s)||Crimson and gold|
|Mascot||Monty the Lion|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)|
Monte Vista High School has been ranked among the top 6000 schools in the nation, coming in at #1147, due in part to its excellent record for AP testing and its steadily increasing Annual Performance Index. Monte Vista has one of the best AP programs in the Grossmont Union District.
Monte Vista's student body is composed of pupils from the following ethnic backgrounds (2015–2016 school year):
- American Indian or Alaska Native – 0.1%
- Asian – 4.7%
- Black – 12.3%
- Hispanic – 59.7%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander – 0.8%
- White (not Hispanic) – 15.5%
- Two or More – 6.9%
Monte Vista's athletic teams, the Monarchs, compete in the South League of the Grossmont Conference and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Section. Monte Vista offers a total of 21 Sports over a span of 3 Athletic seasons.
- Boys water polo
- Girls tennis
- Girls volleyball
- Cross country
- Boys basketball
- Girls basketball
- Boys soccer
- Girls soccer
- Girls water polo
- Academic league
- Boys lacrosse
- Girls lacrosse
- Boys tennis
- Boys volleyball
Monte Vista's marching band, the Monarch Brigade is a parade and concert band. Monte Vista's drama program puts forward three shows per year—one entirely student-directed. Monte Vista's dance program puts forward two performances each spring. Monte Vista's choir program competes in several festivals in southern California. Monte Vista is also one of only three high schools in the Grossmont district to offer class piano.
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- Brooks Conrad, 1998, Major League Baseball player
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- Jessica Steffens, 2005, professional water polo player and Olympic silver and gold medalist (2008, 2012)
- Maggie Steffens, 2011, professional water polo player and Olympic gold medalist (2012, 2016, 2020)
- Tonéx, 1993, gospel singer
- Mike Whitmarsh, 1980, professional volleyball player and Olympic silver medalist (1996)
- Michael Wiley, 1996, NFL football player
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