Mt. Whitney High School

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Mt. Whitney High School
Location
900 South Conyer Street
Visalia, California 93277

United States
Coordinates36°19′22″N 119°17′57″W / 36.3229°N 119.2992°W / 36.3229; -119.2992Coordinates: 36°19′22″N 119°17′57″W / 36.3229°N 119.2992°W / 36.3229; -119.2992
Information
TypePublic
Established1952
School districtVisalia Unified School District
PrincipalRick Hamilton
Staff69.79 (FTE)[1]
Grades9–12
Enrollment1,595 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio22.85[1]
Color(s)Maroon and white
MascotPioneer
Website[1]

Mt. Whitney High School is a public high school in Visalia, California, United States, founded in 1952.

Academics[edit]

In 2009 Mount Whitney was declared a California Distinguished School.[2]

Athletics[edit]

Mt. Whitney competes in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), Central Section Division II, West Yosemite League.

History[edit]

Mt. Whitney High School opened in 1952 as Visalia High School on Conyer Street, a few blocks away from the site of Visalia Union High School. The new Visalia High School was built to provide room for the rapid growth of the "Baby Boom" that followed WWII. The new site, Visalia High School, provided students in the Visalia Union High School District modern facilities and space for the playing field needed by the growing number of students.

Visalia High School was painted two shades of light blue/aqua, the same colors as the College of the Sequoias on Mooney Blvd. Both Visalia Union High School and Visalia Junior College, which would become College of the Sequoias, had been located on the old Visalia Union High school Campus on Main street.

The need for high school classrooms grew faster than was expected when the Visalia High School Campus was opened. In 1955 The old Visalia Union High school campus was reopened as a second high school and named Redwood High School. From 1952 to 1954, the old VUHS campus had served as a junior high school feeding into Visalia High School. Visalia High School was renamed Mt. Whitney High School at the same time.

Mt. Whitney High School retained VUHS's original school colors of maroon and white, the Oak as the yearbook, and their Pioneer mascot.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mt. Whitney High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  2. ^ Rocha, Kimberlina (2 April 2009). "Mt. Whitney, Exeter Union high schools named distinguished schools of 2009". Visalia Times, cited at pqarchiver. Visalia, California, US. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  3. ^ About Our School
  4. ^ (page 18)

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