Mills High School: Wikis


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Mills High School
400 Murchison Drive
Millbrae, California, 94030
 United States
Coordinates 37°35′37″N 122°23′24″W / 37.5937°N 122.3900°W / 37.5937; -122.3900Coordinates: 37°35′37″N 122°23′24″W / 37.5937°N 122.3900°W / 37.5937; -122.3900
School type Public
Motto Vikings do, Viking does
Established 1958
School district San Mateo Union High School District
CEEB Code 051972
Principal Paul Belzer
Enrollment 1,620
Color(s) Red and Gold         
Mascot Vikings
Newspaper The Thunderbolt

Mills High School is a public high school in Millbrae, California. It is one of seven high schools in the San Mateo Union High School District.

Mills opened its doors in 1958 and is now known as an academically rigorous and competitive school, with high academic standings in the entire district. Many students take numerous advanced placement (AP) courses as well as participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. The school is known for sending a large amount of its students to the University of California and other prestigious schools around the country. Mills has been going through extensive remodeling ever since 2003.

Mills' rival school is Capuchino High School in San Bruno, California.


Academics and stats

Current enrollment in grades 9–12 is approximately 1,500. The academic calendar is two semesters of 18 weeks. Classes meet four days per week on a modified block schedule. Three days a week, classes are 51 minutes in duration; and on block days, the classes are 92 minutes in duration.[1]

• This year, Mills received an Academic Performance Index (API) of 845. Mills is ranked number one out of eight high schools in San Mateo County by the California Department of Education.[1]

• In 2009, Mills High School was granted a six-year accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[1]

• In 1988, 1996, and 2009, Mills High School was designated a California Distinguished School for its innovative programs and academic excellence.[1]

• Enrollment in AP classes has grown over the past three years. Current enrollment in AP classes stands at 831. This is a 48% increase from last year's total of 563.


The student population is 1% African-American, 52% Asian, 24% Caucasian, 7% Filipino, 13% Latino, 2% Pacific Islander, and 1% other.

The median income for a household in the city of Millbrae was $78,404, and the median income for a family was $92,061. Males had a median income of $51,867 versus $40,249 for females. The per capita income for the city was $33,193. About 2.2% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over. The majority of Mills students are Millbrae residents; others are San Bruno or Burlingame residents. The majority of Mills students come from Taylor Middle School in Millbrae, while some also come from Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS) and Parkside Middle School in San Bruno.

Music and entertainment

The 2007 spring musical was The Wiz, featuring the Mills High School Theater. The 2007 fall play was Shakespeare in Hollywood. The 2008 spring musical was Homeroom. The 2008 fall play was As You Like It. The 2009 spring musical was Flower Drum Song. The 2009 fall play was And Then There Were None.

Mills Robotics Team

In 1997 Mills created Team Themis to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The team in 1998–1999 changed its name to the Mills Robotics Team. For three consecutive years, the team has been the recipient of the Judges’ Award at the NASA Silicon Valley Regional Autodesk Visualization Award in 2004 for an outstanding animation. Mills High School is the first school in its district that has a team participating in this international event.


Theme of animation

  • 2006 — "How F.I.R.S.T. Inspires You"
  • 2007 — "Thinking Green"

Student government and activities

Mills High School students participate in the M.S. Walk in San Francisco, including the team Angela's Angels headed by a Mills High School teacher. Mills High also has a Dragon Team that participates in the Millbrae Chinese New Year Parade and the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade.

The Student Government is headed by the Leadership Class which is headed by the ASB President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Student Government is divided into separate committees with different responsibilities. The Homecoming dance as well as all school dances are planned by the Student Government. Each class also has a Student Council.

Mills has a wide variety of clubs such as Interact, Save Our World (SOW), G.A.T.E. Club, Filipino-American Alliance (FAA), Words of Wisdom, Spectrum Club, International House of Friends, Mills Dragon Team, Key Club, Mills Robotic Team (MRT), Physics Club, Red Cross, and etc.

Mills High School students have also participated in the Second Annual Harvest Canned Food Drive, March of Dimes, Pennies for Patients, and other charitable activities.

The Thunderbolt is Mills High School's student-run newspaper.


The school used to run the traditional six period day, but starting in the 2006–2007 school year, the school runs under a seven period day. This was added to allow students to fulfill graduation requirements more easily. On Monday, Thursday, and Friday, students attend all periods. Tuesday and Wednesday are block periods, and students attend odd-numbered periods on Tuesday and even-number periods on Wednesday. The only exception to this schedule is during special events, like STAR and AP testing, where the school schedule will be modified.

In 2006–07, about two-thirds of the students attended during periods 1–6 with about one-third enrolled from 1st to 7th period. In the 2007–08 school year, about one third of students attended 1–6, one third attended 2–7, and the last third 1–7.

Notable alumni

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