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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.
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.
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, the highest award an American school can receive.
Montgomery also has a very strong athletic program and has had regional winning teams in most of the sports throughout the years.
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.”
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.
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.
Varsity beat Ukiah last night 12-6 Junior Varsity beat Ukiah 3-1
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.
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.
This 2009 season, the Lady Vikes avenged their defeat to Casa Grande and reclaimed the NCS championship.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. The girls have been to the NCS finals nine years in a row.
Montgomery has a diverse collection of clubs, most of which are student run with teachers as advisors.
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, 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."
In 2005, MHS started the Comedysportz club, and became a part of the ComedySportZ High School League. 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). Comedysportz is now one of the most recognized clubs on campus, as well as one of the most popular ones.
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.
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