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Monte Vista High School is a comprehensive, National Blue Ribbon of the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, as well as a California Distinguished School and fully WASC-accredited 9-12 public school of more than 2000 students. The school is located in the Town of Danville, CA in the San Ramon Valley, approximately 35 miles east of San Francisco. The school mascot is the Mustang.
Administration is currently led by interim principal, Barbara Burg, along with assistant principals, John-Paul Ballou, Joy Brahmst, and Adam Jennings.
Its cross town and primary sports rival is San Ramon Valley High School.
Monte Vista competes in the intense atmosphere of EBAL which includes other athletic high schools such as De La Salle, San Ramon, and Cal High.
Monte Vista's women's water polo team won North Coast Section (NCS) titles in 2003, 2004 and 2006 before claiming this year's title with an 11-5 victory over Miramonte at the Soda Aquatic Center at Campolindo High School.
Monte Vista's Track and Field Team has done well. It has broken a number of school records in the past 2 years. They were almost undefeated in East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) dual meets losing only to cross-town rival San Ramon Valley High School. The school continues to do well in track and field, bringing in new talent from local middle schools each year.
Monte Vista's women's tennis team has also done well. In the Women's 2005 year, the team won in the EBAL and placed second at NCS, losing their match to their biggest tennis rival, Foothill High School. Mia Giovinetti advanced to the finals of the individual EBAL tournament, and in doubles the freshman duo Sheena Chaudhuri and Elena Cadet won the doubles tournament of the EBAL finals. The MV tennis team also placed an overall fifth out of over 60 schools from the state of California at the annual Peach Tree Tournament in Fresno.
Monte Vista's men's tennis team has done well the last couple of years. In 2003, the men's tennis team won the NCS team title. Then in 2004, Mike Starr won the NCS singles title, and won the EBAl singles title in each consecutive year. Then in 2006, the doubles pair of Tim Latin and Ramsey Lemaich won the NCS doubles title. Then they went without an NCS team title for 5 years, until 2008, where they beat Alameda to win the NCS team title. In individuals, Shaun Chaudhuri won the EBAL singles tournament and reached the NCS semis as a freshman. Shane Swinnerton and James Moody won the doubles EBAL tournament. After winning the NCS team title, they went to the CIF tournament and for the first time ever, they got the finals of the CIF team tournament.In 2009, the men's team had a three way tie for first place in the California high school classic tournament which had 60 high schools from all over Northern California. Later in the year, Chris Kipouras won the EBAL singles tournament, and Brendan Wee and Chris Meyer won the EBAL doubles title. Then Shaun Chaudhuri brought back Monte Vista its first NCS singles title since 2004. Also, in 2009, the team got 2nd at NCS team tournament, and headed to CIF for the second consecutive year.
Monte Vista's women's golf team has also been an important force. Being the first public school to win back to back titles (2005 & 2006) in the East Bay Athletic League, North Coast Sections, and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Northern California, the girls of the Monte Vista High School golf team are one of the best teams in the state. Traveling to Southern California to represent Northern California, the girls golf team was led by four strong members shooting all under scores of 80.
Monte Vista's Men's Lacrosse team have been NCS and EBAL champions in 2004, 2005, and 2006. They traveled to Los Angeles and San Diego for the First Four tournament in 2005 and 2006. In 2006 their record was 18-1, losing only to La Costa Canyon, the back to back Southern California Section Champion, in the First Four. Ranked by LaxPower as #1 in California, and a National Ranking of 37th. The team has had 4 All-Americans: Tyler Westfall (2005), Ryan Westfall (2006), Kyle Donovan (2007), and Dylan Westfall (2008).
Monte Vista's Women's Lacrosse team were the EBAL and NCS champions in 2009, losing only to St. Ignatius and La Costa Canyon and Torrey Pines of San Diego. The Mustangs defeated California High School in the NCS title game. This team was led by seniors Jillian Bush, Aimee Dewan and Melissa Trisko, and junior Lauren Goerz. In 2008 the Mustangs had an average season, but surprisingly made it to the NCS finals, losing to Amador Valley High of Pleasanton. The Mustangs went undefeated in 2010, winning EBAL and NCS.
In 2006, the Monte Vista Men's Soccer team won NCS for the first time in school history. The team was led by goalkeeper B.J. Burns, and 8 other All-League starters. They defeated Livermore, De La Salle, and Richmond in the playoffs en route to their first Section championship ever. In addition to winning NCS, they were also champions of the East Bay Athletic League, one of the best leagues in the country. In 2007, the Men's team repeated as both EBAL and NCS Champions. In 2007, the Mustangs became back to back NCS and EBAL champs with a perfect 19-0-7 record. With a first round bye, they beat Richmond, Washington and then California High in the NCS final.
Monte Vista has also had years of successful seasons in football. In the 2008 season Monte Vista finished with a 8-3 record, losing to De La Salle and also to San Ramon Valley twice.
In 2007, a district audit found that nearly $100,000 in funds raised by graduating classes were misappropriated by administrators for items not approved by the students.
In 2009, Rebecca Smith, principal at Monte Vista, went on paid leave on October 8, 2009 when she "handled a gun in an inappropriate manner in the presence of a student." The incident occurred because the student athlete, Ellyette Gheno, had brought an inflatable toy resembling a gun to a girls' volleyball game. Smith drew an air-soft pistol from her desk and asked the student how it made her feel when the gun was pointed at her. Although the student was not the one to inform the district, a witness nearby did. The district determined that it was an air-soft pistol that she was handling and considered a toy instead of a weapon.
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