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Sweetwater Union High School (commonly known as SUHI), located in National City, California, United States, is a high school established in 1921, and consequently, is one of the oldest high schools in San Diego County. Part of the Sweetwater Union High School District, the high school predominantly serves the National City community. The school serves approximately 2,791 students.
In 2009, Sweetwater High School was named to Newsweek's list of the top 1,500 public high schools in the United States.
The Mission of Sweetwater High School is to ensure graduates possess skills necessary for success in post-secondary education and career aspirations and become contributing members of their community through a system of learning characterized by:
Technology is integrated into all curriculum areas and plays an important part to bridge the digital divide. Students now have over 700 computers to use, located in classrooms as well as six computer labs. Computers are used for career exploration and development, internet research, presentations, math skill reinforcement, Accelerated Reader and writing. The computer labs and library are open for extended hours to allow students more time to use the technology.
Sweetwater's faculty is exceptional with an average of 15 years teaching experience, and an average of 13 years at SUHI.
SUHI has two main feeder schools: Granger Junior High School and National City Middle School. Granger presently educates 7th-9th graders. Upon completion of renovations (est. 2012), SUHI will have the capacity to educate all 9th graders in National City.
Built in 1882 near the present site of Central Elementary School at 9th Street and E Avenue, National School was the South Bay's first high school. National's successor, National City High School, was built in 1908 around that same location, where Central Elementary School now stands. To accommodate the growing population of high school students, Sweetwater Union High School was built in 1921 at 2900 Highland Avenue. The present day administration building (100) was originally two-stories with the library upstairs.
Thanks to Proposition 0, the Sweetwater Union High School District is able to fund a remodel of SUHI's campus. The remodel, which incorporates some of the classic architecture in the new design, is expected to be complete in 2012. The architectural vision of the revonated campus is available online.
SUHI is a culturally rich school that reflects the population of its community.
Approximately 34% of SUHI's population are English Language Learners, and roughly 9% are Students with Disabilities.
Since 2000, SUHI has made tremendous gains in its API score:
In 2008, Sweetwater High School achieved a State API Ranking Score of 9, placing us in the top 10% of schools in its demographic statewide. It was also one of only two schools in its demographic in the history of California to exit program improvement.
The Sweetwater High School staff consists of 201 teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff. Their 113 teachers offer a variety of AP Courses in English literature, English language arts, Spanish, physics, history, art history, mathematics, government, and psychology.
In order to increase the number of SUHI students who continue on to post-secondary education, the school has formed partnerships with University of California, San Diego, San Diego State University (through Compact for Success), and Southwestern College.
SUHI has a long, proud tradition of athletic excellence.
SUHI offers a wide range of extracurricular clubs:
SUHI has, arguably, the finest Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (MJROTC) in the country. In the ten years that our program has been inspected, it has been selected as one of the six 12th Marine Corps District's honor schools ten times: 1996-97, 97-98, 98-99, 2001-02, 02-03, 03-04, 04-05, and 05-06, 06-07, 07-08. On the National level, we have received the Marine Corps Reserve Officers' Association's award five times as the top unit in the 12th Marine Corps District.
SUHI is home to one of San Diego County's finest marching and concert bands. During the first part of the year, the marching band and color guard are invited to perform in several local and statewide competitions - including field shows and parades. Then, during the second semester, the marching band performs as a concert band, appearing at various festivals and concerts throughout the season. The band is under the direction of Mr Patrick Doerr.Visit Band website for more information
In 2006, members of the SUHI family (present and alumni) founded the SUHI Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that provides scholarships, student financial aid services, and awards to students in need. Overseen by ASB Dean/Assistant Principal John Cherry, the foundation board of directors (which is made up SUHI alumni housing developer Kile Morgan, his sister, Janice Hawken, Alma Graham, a National School District trustee, Jess VanDeventer, a former National City councilman and port commissioner, and Martha Juarez, a graduate of UCLA's Anderson School of Management) meets regularly at SUHI to administer the program.
Community involvement is an essential element of the educational programs at Sweetwater High School. Besides many business partnerships, parents are a welcome addition to the campus. All-school parent meetings are held monthly to discuss improvements and concerns. Parents also serve on many school committees including the School Site Council, District Categorical Committee, GATE Parent Committee, et cetera.
Beyond advisory committees, parents are key to our everyday operations. Working through our parent volunteer coordinator, parents work daily in various capacities from library assistants to cafeteria assistants. Each year culminates with a luncheon to celebrate the many hours these parents contribute to the success of SUHI.
Approximately fifteen percent of SUHI's staff are alumni: