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Montgomery High School
Location
1250 Hahman Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

United States
Information
Type Public high school
Established 1958
School district Santa Rosa City Schools
Principal Laurie A. Fong
Faculty 84.1 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,959 (as of 2005-06)[1]
Student:teacher ratio 22.7[1]
Team name Vikings
Information 707-528-5191
Website

Montgomery High School is a public high school located in Santa Rosa, California. It is part of the Santa Rosa High School District, which is itself part of Santa Rosa City Schools. The current principal is Laurie A. Fong. Other information can be obtained at the official Montgomery High School website.

Montgomery High School was named after Bill Montgomery. Montgomery is considered the first person from the city of Santa Rosa to have died in World War II. William "Billy" Montgomery was killed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 while serving aboard the USS California. The school was established in 1958 and is located on 1250 Hahman Drive. The school mascot is the Viking.

Montgomery participates in the International Baccalaureate Organization as an IB World School, providing the IB Diploma Programme as well as the full complement of classes available to juniors and seniors. Montgomery High School has been an IB World School since July 1995.[2]

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,906 students and 84.1 classroom teachers (on a FTE basis, for a student-teacher ratio of 22.7.[1]

In 2008, the school got a high amount of attention from all around the area, as far as Sacramento and areas of the South Bay, in interest of them doing the play The Laramie Project, and in 2009 got national recognition for starting the Green Academy.

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Awards and recognition

During the 1990-91 school year, Montgomery High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education[3], the highest award an American school can receive.[4]

Montgomery was recognized as a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education in 1990.[5]

Athletics

Montgomery also has a very strong athletic program and has had regional winning teams in most of the sports throughout the years.[citation needed]

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Cross Country

Possibly Montgomery’s most continuously successful sport, the Viking’s distance squad has sent at least one representative to the state championship meet every year for the past decade. The 2000 Girls team took the state title, lead by top individual finisher Sara Bei (now professional runner and Olympic hopeful Sara Hall). Alongside current coach Val Sell, the Vikings have successfully signed at least one runner every year to a high- caliber Div. I school and continue to successfully develop strong-minded and determined athletes. “Our sport is your sports punishment.”

Badminton

The Montgomery badminton team plays matches under the categories of women's singles, men's singles, women's doubles, men's doubles, and mixed doubles. The team competes during the spring in matches against schools such as Santa Rosa High School. During the Badminton season of 2007 to 2008, the team was undefeated by a far stretch.

Football

Jason Franci has coached the Vikings for 37 years, compiling a 207-100-8 record career record. In the last eleven seasons, the team has won three NCS Championships, the most recent being in the 2004-2005 year. From 2000 to 2004 Montgomery played in four of five NCS Championship games, winning in 2000 and 2004.

Basketball

The team has won the NBL championship three times in the last ten years. The Varsity basketball team is coached by Tom Fitchie who is in the sports hall of fame at Sonoma State University. Fitchie has been coaching at Montgomery for 25 years and is second on the all time wins list for North Bay League coaches.Montgomery has been a basketball powerhouse the last ten years.[citation needed]

Volleyball

The volleyball program consists of a junior varsity and a varsity team. They are doing very well this year, as well as in past years.

Soccer

In the 2008 season, the girls varsity team ended up in the final championships, only to lose to Casa Grande. During the Fall of 2003 and 2004 the girls varsity team won every game they played (45-0-0 including sectional playoffs). During this time they were nationally ranked by the NSCAA, as high as #1 for fall soccer. The 1993 and 1994 teams were also nationally ranked by the NSCAA as #1. The 1993 broke the NSCAA shut out record.

Clubs

Montgomery has a diverse collection of clubs, most of which are student run with teachers as advisors.

Rubik's Cube Club

Montgomery's Rubik's Cube Club is a club offers opportunities for students interested in learning to cube to get one-on-one training with students who already know the secrets of the cube and are willing to patiently teach their skills. The club meets at lunch on Thursdays in room 75.

Ms. Butler's Apostrophe Club

Ms. Butler, an English teacher, started this club in order to educate students in the proper use of the apostrophe. This has encouraged many of her students to correct possessive and contraction errors when they arise. To join the apostrophe club a student must receive two consecutive perfect scores on a series of apostrophe quizzes. Inductees are given a special pencil engraved with the legend "Ms. Butler's Apostrophe Club."

ComedySportZ Club

In 2005, MHS started the Comedysportz club, and became a part of the ComedySportZ High School League. The group was started by then freshmen Mike "M+M" Marqua and Brandon Keeton, who were team captains from the fall of 2004 through the spring of 2008, when both of them graduated from Montgomery. The team competed in the High School League Tournament in San Jose, CA in 2007 and 2008, and had a total of 10 games at MHS. Montgomery is the only high school in Sonoma County, California that a ComedySportZ club, and is one of the few teams in the North Bay (San Francisco Bay Area). In 2008, the Comedysportz Award became an annual award given out to the best improvisers on the team. Marqua and Keeton were the first to win the award. Comedysportz is now one of the most recognized clubs on campus, as well as one of the most popular ones. Currently, ComedySportz is being led by Trevor Baker, Ross Burrows, Jessyca Chosy and Rio Macchia(the main leader). The club's advisor is Ms. Matzen.

Classes

Electives include Appreciation of the Arts, where students study film and art history, Guitar, and more. Languages available for all students are Spanish, Chinese, and French. Latin and German are available in later years.

Montgomery is also known for its prominent Performing Arts department. Run by Actress/Director Suzanne Byrne, and Actress/writer/director, Elke Matzen. The two performers put on multiple shows a year. A Drama in the Fall, Comedy in the Spring and generally a Musical in between. Shows such as Arthur Millers "The Crucible" and Neil Simons' "Rumors" (both directed by current Film teacher and former Production teacher, Chris Schloemp) have been put on at Montgomery's small but successful theater. Musicals such as "The Music Man", "Kiss Me Kate", "Guys and Dolls" and others have opened to full audiences and fantastic reviews, to Santa Rosa's theater goers.

Demographics

2008-2009

  • 1,803 students:
Hispanic African American Asian/Pacific Islander White no response American Indian
26.7% 3.7% 6.1% 54.9% 7.6% 0.9%

(source: California Department of Education)

Administrative Staff

  • Laurie Fong - 4th year as Principal, previously Vice Principal
  • Christopher White - 4th year as Vice Principal, formerly teacher at Allen High School
  • Janice Smith-Billing - 8th year as Assistant Principal, previously Assistant Principal at Piner & Allen High schools
  • Mitchell Carter - 2nd year as Assistant Principal, formerly principal at Rancho Cotate High School from 2000-2005 and American High School in Fremont, CA 2005-2008

Notable alumni

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Montgomery High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 12, 2007.
  2. ^ Montgomery High School, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed September 4, 2007.
  3. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  4. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department, Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  5. ^ Award Winners for Sonoma County, California Distinguished Schools, California Department of Education. Accessed September 4, 2007.
  6. ^ Interview with Melba Patillo Beals, Scholastic Press, January 31, 1998. Accessed September 4, 2007. "I went to Santa Rosa, CA, taken in by Dr. and Mrs. George McCabe, who I still call mom and dad today.... I finished high school in California. Montgomery High School — an integrated school."
  7. ^ "ARRESTS REVIVE GRIM AND SURREAL MEMORIES OF TIME WORTH FORGETTING", The Press Democrat, January 18, 2002.
  8. ^ Mason, Clark. "Donald Ellis", The Press Democrat, March 30, 2006. Accessed January 29, 2008.
  9. ^ Mel Gray, database Football. Accessed January 29, 2008.
  10. ^ [1], The Press Democrat, May 2, 2009. Accessed December 26, 2009.
  11. ^ [2], Utah Official Athletic Site, Accessed December 26, 2009.

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Coordinates: 38°26′24″N 122°41′03″W / 38.44°N 122.68417°W / 38.44; -122.68417


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