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Costa Mesa High School
2650 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA

Type Public
Established 1958
School district Newport Mesa Unified School District
Principal Dr. Ed Wong (High School)
Aaron Peralta (Middle School)
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 1864
Color(s) Green and white
Mascot Mustangs
Information (714) 424-8700

Costa Mesa High School, otherwise known as CMHS or "Mesa," is a public middle school / high school for grades 7 through 12 located in Costa Mesa, California. It is part of the Newport Mesa Unified School District and is located at 2650 Fairview Road. The school's rival is Estancia High School. Their colors are green, white and black



Notable athletes

  • Sharon Day Class of 2002- 2008 Olympian Beijing - Women's High Jump, NCAA Champion at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo, winner of multiple CIF and State titles during her high school career.
  • Brent Mayne class of 1986 is a former Major League Baseball catcher who has played with the Kansas City Royals (1990-1995, 2002-2003), New York Mets (1996), Oakland Athletics (1997), San Francisco Giants (1998-1999), Colorado Rockies (2000-2001), Arizona Diamondbacks (2004) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2004). Mayne batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
  • Benito 'Benny' Concepcion Ricardo Class of 1971 was a Place Kicker in the NFL (1976-1984).
  • Dan Quisenberry class of 1970 was a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played with the Kansas City Royals (1970-1988), St. Louis Cardinals (1988-1989), and San Francisco Giants (1990). Dan died of a brain tumor in 1998.
  • Doug Brown—Driver's Ed Teacher and Football Coach- Played for the Oakland Raiders in the 1960s


Each year, rival football teams from Costa Mesa High School and Estancia High School play each other in a game known as the Battle of the Bell.


From 2001 Mesa has been a small school power house in Orange County. From 2001 to 2005 the team was awarded the CIF Academic Award for Excellence. After three undefeated Golden West League Championships the 2005 Men's swim team placed 4th in CIF Division III with only four team members in the finals. The team of Adam Douglas, Evan Spencer, Kyle Thorsness and James Fowler won the CIF Championship in the 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay. Douglas, Thorsness and Spencer each recorded points in their non relay events to increase Mesa's point totals. They were the smallest represented swim team with a top five finish in the last 30 years. Spencer went on to University of the Pacific (Pacific) 2005 (Swimming & Water Polo). Thorsness went on to CSULB 2006 (Water Polo). Mesa has had both male and females advance to CIF every year from 2001 to 2008. A new pool is being built, scheduled for water in 2010.


Math Engineering Science Achievement (M.E.S.A.) is an engineering program throughout California and eight other states. In 2003 Costa Mesa High School was the first student team to place first overall in the JPL Invention Challenge, beating the engineers from NASA in an aerodynamic competition on the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' famous flight. The Costa Mesa High School team was the first M.E.S.A. team to compete at the state and the national level from the Cal State Fullerton Center. In 2007 Costa Mesa won the California State Championship and placed third in the Nationals. The 2008 M.E.S.A. team again swept the state level competition and placed 3rd overall with two individual first place finishes in the National M.E.S.A. Engineering Design Competition in Maryland on June 19. The 2008 team consisted of Raymond Lumantas, Alex Krochman, Cory Kiefer, and Dante Flores (in order of age, ascending). They set an all-time state record of shooting 27 meters with their trebuchet. Steve Nelson was the M.E.S.A. Advisor. M.E.S.A. is looking forward to further state support as the state looks to bolster its math and science programs.

Water Polo

The Costa Mesa High School Water Polo team had an impressive DECADE OF DOMINANCE from 1986-1996. They were league champions and held numerous CIF titles. Water Polo Coaches

  • Conroy
  • Bell / Maness
  • Shubert
  • Olsen
  • Shupp
  • Lynch
  • Krutzkamp
  • Shupp 2000–2003 2nd Time Head Coach
  • Postiff
  • Taylor


The Costa Mesa High School choir department is divided into five different choirs: Girls Chorus, Boys Chorus, Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble, and the Madrigal Choir.

Girls chorus consists of 7th and 8th grade girls. Boys Chorus is made up of 7th and 8th grade boys. Concert Choir is made up of 8th grade - 12th grade boys and girls, is an audition choir for 8th graders, and is an elective for 9th-12th graders. Vocal Ensemble is an audition choir for 9th- 12 grade girls. The most advanced choir is Madrigal Choir and is an audition-only 9th-12th grade boys and girls choir. The Madrigal Choir, commonly known as "Mads," is very selective and there is an equal number of boys and girls members. Currently all the choirs are under the direction of Jon Lindfors, who can often be seen drinking coffee in the Baker Street branch of Starbucks. In 2007, the Madrigal choir performed in Carnegie Hall under the conducting of John Rutter along with a few other selected choirs. In the previous years the Madrigal Choir also performed with American Idol finalist, Clay Aiken.

Cross Country

One of Mesa's cross country coaches was Joe Fisher, a X-country legend from 1969 through 1980. He had a record of ten straight years of varsity dual meet league victories and, in 1976, won a high school CIF Southern Section championship at the boys varsity 3-A level. Costa Mesa High School varsity boys cross country has won the Orange County championships six times under Coach Fisher. This is the record holder of Orange County victories in the history of varsity boys cross country. Coach Joe Fisher was voted California high school boys cross country coach of the year in 1978.

List of past cross country coaches:

  • Brian Springer, 1967-1968 - guided boys varsity cross country team to first Irvine League Championship in 1968 after team went undefeated in league dual meets.
  • Joe Fisher, 1969-1980
  • Joe Busi - led the boys varsity cross country team in two Pacific Coast league championships in 1995 and 1996.
  • Mark Howard: 1987-2001


The 2007-2008 cheer squads won numerous awards based on their outstanding community involvement and philanthropic activities. They represented Costa Mesa High School at events like: the OC Fair, Susan G. Komen for the cure events, Relay for Life, City of Costa Mesa events, CHOC Walk, Colelcted items for wildfire victims, performed in a fashion show to benefit Olive Crest Charities and continued to cheer for all athletic teams at the school while maintaining an empressive 3.3 collective GPA. They won: The Presidential Volunteer Service Award, The NMUSD outstanding program award, The Volunteer recognition award from the Costa Mesa City Council, A certificate of Recognition Award from the California State Legislature, a top 10 finalist in the American School Spirit Awards and a judges favorite and they were the featured cheer squad on for the Month of December 2007. They also had several featured articles in the local newspapers.




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