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Madera High School is the original high school in the central San Joaquin Valley city of Madera, California, and also served as the city's first school, continuing to serve students after 112 years. The school colors are royal blue and white and its mascot is the coyote.
Madera High School's layout has been changed over the years. Originally, a brick schoolhouse served as MHS; this was destroyed in a fire in the early 1900s. In 1907 a new similarly-styled brick building—nicknamed the "Main Building" -- was constructed. Soon, more buildings began appearing. In 1976, the "Main Building" was demolished, because it did not meet earthquake standards; the area where it was located is now known as "the Pit" and is the hub for lunchtime activities. By 2000, the school's current layout had been completed. In 2004, the main office building was refurbished, and most of the school followed suit in 2006.
The school's original colors were purple and white. In 1949, with the color purple becoming scarce after the events of World War II, it was changed to its current blue-and-white color scheme. Purple has since been adopted as one of the main colors of Madera South High School.
From the early-1900s until sometime in the 1950s, the school was known as Madera Union High School, and was subsequently referred to as such in the following decades until 1992.
In 1989, the Madera Unified School District commissioned the building of a new, separate high school; overcrowding at MHS was the main reason for this. Construction began in 1990, but the project was brought to an abrupt end in 1992, for budget reasons. Because the site was not big enough to be considered a stand-alone high school, the campus was renamed "South Campus," and served as the second half of Madera High School. The original flagship campus was nicknamed "North Campus" as a result. However, the November 2002 passing of a school bond allowed South Campus to be completed, and as renovations at North Campus were underway, the new Madera South High School opened its doors in August 2006.
Similar to Madera South High School, Madera High features many "career schools" -- i.e., mini-schools located within the campus, customized for whichever career a student wishes to choose from. These career schools are known as:
Madera High has its own student government like most schools. The ASB class decides how things at school happen, such as rallies, dances, and other events. There are mini commities inside ASB such as:
The Madera High Marching Band & Colorguard has made a name for itself, before the school split, the band was located on Madera South's campus. In 2007, the band moved back to its home at North Campus. Since then, the band had received many awards and captions for their talent. In November 2009, the band placed 7th out of the state at the Western Band Association Grand Championships with a score of 83.95. two students known as mhs best male and female band students were angel de leon ann jessica estrada...and they won the california scholorship to a universityof there choosing
Since the official split of the two schools, Madera High and Madera South have been a rival of each other. In 2008, the first annual Stadium Road Showdown game was held. The game derived its name from the street that both schools are on. Anticipation filled the town as the battle of Madera began. Madera High's Varsity Football team beat Madera South 35-0, and was awarded a giant "saw" which references to Madera's roots of being a lumber town. The winning school keeps the award in their front office. In 2009, Madera High narrowly beat Madera South once again, 14-13.
In late 2008, Madera Unified purchased land for a new high school in the northern part of town, the school will be named Madera North High School. When Madera North is completed, Madera High can no longer be called "North".
The schools that feed into Madera High are Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Howard K-8 School, La Vina K-8 School, and Dixieland K-8 School.
The elementary schools that feed into Thomas Jefferson Middle School are: John Adams Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, Parkwood Elementary School, and George Washington Elementary School.
- Alpha Elementary
- Berenda Elementary
- Mountain Vista High (Continuation)
- Millview Elementary
- Martin Luther King Jr. Middle
- Madera South High
- Madera High North
- Madera Adult
- Lincoln Elementary
- La Vina Elementary
- John J. Pershing Elementary
- John Adams Elementary
- James Madison Elementary
- Jack G. Desmond Middle
- Howard Elementary
- Furman (Duane E.) High (Alternative)
- Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy
- Eastin-Arcola Elementary
- Dixieland Elementary
- Cesar Chavez Elementary
- Thomas Jefferson Middle
- Sherman Thomas Charter
- Ripperdan High
- Nishimoto Elementary