Milpitas High School (MHS) is a public four-year comprehensive high school in Milpitas, California, a suburban community adjacent to San Jose. It is one of three high schools in Milpitas. (The other two schools are Calaveras Hills High School and Airpoint Academy, which are continuation high schools.)
Milpitas High School is run by the Milpitas Unified School District. Ken Schlaff is the principal of the school. The Mayor of Milpitas is ex officio the visitor and patron of the school.
As of 2007, Milpitas High School had an API score of 771 and had an API ranking of 9 out of 10. In 2004, MHS was granted a full, six year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The curriculum emphasizes mathematics, science, writing, and the use of technology.
The school provides its students with academic, extracurricular and other resources — in a community committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff — that help them achieve at the highest scholarly levels and prepare them for positions of leadership and lives of service in many fields of human endeavor. The school also has strong links with research institutions and with business and industry, both in the United States and overseas. Milpitas High School's modern and well-equipped facilities are spread across a spacious campus, with easy access to cafes and restaurants in close proximity. The school offers a wide variety of subjects in flexible academy and program structures.
The predecessors of Milpitas High School are:
First interruption period, 1848-1856
Second interruption period, 1954-1959
Restoration to Milpitas
Milpitas High School has many facilities for athletic use. The school has two swimming pool. Also, the football and soccer fields are built of artificial turf, and the synthetic rubber track was built only a few years ago. Since its beginnings, Milpitas High has been renovated and improved, with new buildings and facilities being added for school use. Marshall Pomeroy Elementary School is adjacent to Milpitas High School's east side, and Thomas Russell Middle School is a block north of the high school.
Because of the small community size at the time(when?), Milpitas High School served also as a junior high school housing the grades of 6-8. The students went to class in bungalows that were near-by.
Milpitas High School was often criticized by many students for having no East Asian language classes in the Foreign Language department for a majorly Asian Pacific American institution. French (Standard Parisian), Spanish (Castilian and Latin American), and Chinese (Mandarin) are currently being offered at both introductory and advanced levels. Petitions were passed around by students demanding classes in ancestral tongues, such as Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese, citing that they are offered at other local high schools in the South Bay. Faculty repeatedly defended the Foreign Language department, saying that not enough money goes into that department. Some students called for the school administration to drop classes in French while retaining Spanish, as "French is not spoken here".
Milpitas High School additionally requires 20 hours of community service in order to receive high school diploma.
On December 2, 2006, the Milpitas High School Varsity football team won the CCS Championship for the first time. The Trojans competed against rival Piedmont Hills High School and won, 39-21. This was the second time Milpitas High School made it to the CCS Championship game. The first time was in 1993, and the Trojans lost to Leland High School in a shutout scenario of 35-0.
The Saga, the yearbook of Milpitas High School, is now in its 26th year of publication. It has won first place for large publications at the Capital Journalism Day held in Sacramento by the Journalism Education Association of Northern California.
Milpitas High School annually hosts the Trojan Olympics, a friendly competition between the class grades. The class of 2007 won for three consecutive years.
The Tri-M Honor Society hosts a film festival every year around May, where students submit short films that they have created. Milpitas High School has recently become well known for its students' efforts in the film production field. In 2006, groups like Westscape Films (which took first place with a short film titled "Parted Lives") and freshSQUEEZED Productions emerged as the leading film crews at MHS. In 2008, Vivace Productions emerged to take first place with a documentary ("One World, One Dream") on the protests taking place during the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay in San Francisco.
Every year, as new clogs arise, all clogs participate in "CLOG Rush" for a two day event at lunch to attract freshmen, old and new members to their clog.
As of March 2006, Milpitas High School boasts 57 clogs.
Interact, Key, VSA (Vietnamese Student Association), PUSO (Pilipino United Student Organization) and Chinese Club are the top Five clogs on campus. The latter three clogs' membership rates are due to the many Vietnamese, Filipino and Chinese students at the school.
Chinese Club hosts a Lunar show every year. The show consists of many performances that promotes Asian culture in the school. The acts are mainly composed of martial arts, modern and traditional Asian Dance, Songs from various instruments, Singing, and invited Club Acts.
VSA also hosts their own show every year, usually dubbed the "VSA show." This show mainly attracts a large Vietnamese audience, but the show actually contains material from various clubs such as Hip Hop Club, Chinese Club, EMAC (Extreme Martial Arts Club), and Dance Club.
The Pilipino United Student Organization (PUSO) also hosts a cultural show every year, including PCN (Pilipino Cultural Night), PHAT (Pilipino Heritage And Tradition) and Brown Out, a spoken word, poetry slam show. The Pilipino United Student Organization also hosted a group of exchange students from one of Milpitas's sister cities, Dagupan City, located in the northern part of the Philippines during the spring of 2006. The organization also partakes in helping World War II veterans.
New clogs may be chartered; new clogs of 2006 include: Kids on the grass, Indie Club, Cue 8 Ballers Club, Book Club, Comics Club, Physics Club and Club Art.
After marching band season is concluded in December, the 5th and 6th period bands become separate concert bands: a Wind Ensemble and a Symphonic Band, accordingly. Most Freshmen are placed in the Symphonic Band.
There was also a choir, but due to low signups it was canceled for the 2008-2009 school year. It is not yet clear if it will return for the 2009-2010 school year.
As of the 2006-2007 school year, the "Trojan Lowdown" no longer makes announcements, and the intercom has been employed again for morning announcements. However, the Trojan Lowdown is now producing a monthly show in a video journal format, and it has been dubbed "The New Trojan Lowdown". Announcements have been replaced with skits and music videos. A factor that made the "old" Trojan Lowdown unappreciated was that the sound was not broadcasted properly. It was fixed in 2007 by Nikolaus Lindberg, who noticed that there were mistakes made in the settings of the mixer and the sound compressor. At the end of the 2006-2007 school year, the Trojan Lowdown opened a YouTube account and posted the most popular videos of the year and all new ones they made.
"Milpitas Alma Mater Dear,
All your praises now we cheer.
And through the years our pledge will be
To honor your community.
You bring forth with dignity.
Milpitas with your banner bold,
We will love your blue and gold."