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Madera South High School (also known as Madera South, Madera South High or MSHS) is a high school located in Madera, California and is part of the Madera Unified School District. Previously functioning as the second campus of the town's other high school, Madera High, the school officially became Madera's second official high school in August 2006.
In the late 1980s, the Madera Unified School District commissioned a new high school to be built, to take some of the weight off of Madera High School by easing up some of the overcrowding of the school. Construction started in 1990, but a limited budget forced an abrupt end in 1992. It was decided that the campus was not big enough to be counted as a separate stand-alone high school, and the site was eventually renamed Madera High School's "South Campus" (with the original school being given the new name "North Campus").
In November 2002, a school bond was passed, allowing MUSD to fund the completion of the project. As a result, the idea of a new, separate high school was once again possible after 10 years. Construction resumed on the campus in late 2004, yet heavy rain and other factors slowed it to a halt. The set date of August 2005 was pushed back a year, and as a result, the incoming freshmen at the school were still labeled as Madera High School students. However, by August 2006, construction had completed, and Madera South High School opened its doors.
Similar to Madera High School, Madera South High features many "career schools" -- i.e., mini-schools located within the campus, customized for whichever career a student wishes to choose from. Current career schools include:
In 2009, Madera South graduated their first class as a high school. Even though the Class of 2009 was mixed with Madera High students their freshman year (2005-2006), the two schools were completely separated by their senior year (2008-2009).
The middle schools that feed into Madera South are: Martin Luther King Jr, Middle School and Jack G. Desmond Middle School.
The elementary schools that feed into the two middle schools are:
Desmond- Berenda Elementary School, Nishimoto Elementary School, James Monroe Elementary School, and Pershing Elementary School.
King- Alpha Elementary School, Chavez Elementary School, Millview Elememtary School, and Sierra Vista 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
- George Washington 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