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Moorpark High School

Moorpark High School
Address
4500 Tierra Rejada Road
Moorpark, California, 93021
United States
Coordinates
Information
Type Public
Established 1919
Principal Carrie Pentis
Enrollment Approximately 2059
Color(s) Green and Gold
Athletics conference Coastal Canyon League
Nickname Musketeers
Website

Moorpark High School, located in Moorpark, California, is a public high school in the Moorpark Unified School District and currently has an enrollment of 2,059 students.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Activities and clubs 2
    • Academic Decathlon 2.1
    • Future Business Leaders of America 2.2
    • Key Club 2.3
    • Other activities 2.4
  • Athletics 3
  • Affiliates 4
  • Faculty 5
  • Notable alumni 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

Moorpark High School was originally located in Old Moorpark, on the current Walnut Canyon Elementary Campus. The current campus opened to students in the 1988-1989 school year and is located at the 4500 block of Tierra Rejada St Moorpark, California. In its early years, it lacked a football field and an auditorium and contained only half of the classrooms it now has today.

Moorpark High school has two chief feeder schools: Chaparral Middle School and Mesa Verde Middle School (Moorpark).

Activities and clubs

Moorpark has many different clubs and activities available to students.[1] Some of those clubs include: Academic Decathlon (see below), ACT (Active Citizens of Today), American Red Cross Club, ARC Radio Club, ASB, Asian Culture Club, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), CSF, Catholic Service Club (CSC), Creative Writing Club, Environmental Club, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America),Pay It Forward, FLAMA (Future Leaders of America Master Achievers), French Club, HSA (Health Science Academy), Jewish Culture Appreciation Club, Journalism, MBA (Moorpark Business Academy), MHS band and Color guard, MSP (Musical Show Production), MSA (Muslim Student Association), NHS (National Honor Society), Renaissance, Spanish Club, Teens for Humanity, YAC (Youth Action Committee), The Edge (School Newspaper), MHS Democrat's Club (Moorpark High School Democrat's Club), and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America).

Academic Decathlon

Moorpark's Academic Decathlon team has won the national competition four times (1999, 2003, 2008, and 2009)[1] in addition to getting second place by a small margin during the 2005 season, as well as taking 3rd in the 2006 and 2007 California State competition. Also, since the Class of '94 squad won Moorpark's first county-level championship, Moorpark has dominated that competition. Indeed, since 1998, not including 2000, Moorpark has won all ten events at the County competition.[1] In 2000 they advanced to the state competition as a wild card, having placed second behind Simi Valley at the County competition. They came in second at the state competition, also behind Simi Valley, this time by a margin of 21 points. In the 2007 State Super Quiz competition, Moorpark became the first team in Academic Decathlon history to score a perfect sixty points in the Oral Relay. A year later, the Moorpark team achieved the highest score ever reached in nationals.

In the 1999 competition Moorpark actually fielded two teams ("A" team, and "B" team.) The A team took first place in the Ventura County competition, and the B team, a close second. In an unprecedented situation, the scores of both teams should have qualified them for state competition, the A team with the highest score in the state, as well as the county, earning the Ventura county seat, and the B team with a score ranking them 8th in the state should have been eligible for a wild card position. However, it was decided by the California Academic Decathlon, that although their score was better than 42 of the teams competing at the state competition, including all but one of the wild cards, that it was unfair to allow two teams from one school to compete. This was not a rule delineated in the official rule book of the Decathlon, because it had never occurred to the board that a school would find not just 9 exceptional students, but in fact 18. The rule that each school is only allowed to send one team to the state competition was added the following year. The 2008 "B" team also won second in the county competition and would have qualified for a wild card position.

In 2008, Moorpark's Acadeca team won the state competition in Sacramento, California, with the highest score ever recorded. They went on to win nationals in Garden Grove, California, breaking their own record for the highest team score at any level of competition (they won over Wisconsin by a mere 23 points). Some of the most achieving members were invited to dinner with then California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

After the Acadeca coach retired, funding for the Acadeca program was cut and the program discontinued for a time. In 2012, the team was reestablished and would win second in County for the 2013 competition. The Acadeca program is still an ongoing tradition at Moorpark High School.

President Barack Obama with the Academic Decathlon team from Moorpark High School.[2][3]

Future Business Leaders of America

Moorpark's chapter is a consistent champion in the regional competitions. Moorpark consecutively won 21 sectional competitions from 1991 to 2012; they belong to the second largest section in California, the Gold Coast section. The Moorpark Chapter had significantly lost members from 2013 to 2014, but the 2015 team has over 100 members and is the largest club on campus.

Key Club

Moorpark High School Key Club is one of the largest and most active service clubs on campus as of 2014.[4] Originally chartered as a KIWIN'S Club on June 4, 2013 in the Turquoise Division of California-Nevada-Hawaii KIWIN'S District, the club later switched districts to the California-Nevada-Hawaii District Key Club International on April 1, 2014, being apart of Division 42 East (which includes Agoura High School, Newbury Park High School, Oak Park High School (California), Royal High School (California), Santa Susana High School, Simi Valley High School, Thousand Oaks High School, and Westlake High School (California)). Moorpark Key Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Moorpark, and also has great connections with numerous organizations around the community. Encouraging traits, such as compassion, inclusion, leadership, and citizenship, members are provided with several service opportunities to serve as model representatives in the community.

Other activities

Prior to the extensive residential development that took place beginning in 1982, Moorpark was a league doormat in football. Back-to-back playoff appearances in 1984-85 helped right the program, ending a nation's worst 46-game overall losing streak. Carpinteria remained Moorpark's nemesis, a national-record 51 consecutive wins by the Warriors over the Musketeers, which finally ended in the 1997 CIF playoffs when Moorpark went 13-1 and captured its first lower-division CIF championship.

Moorpark's heralded class of 1986 also helped revive the school newspaper, The Blade, and its alumni group boasts several attorneys, corporate finance executives, marketing professionals and educators.

The 1988-1989 band and color guard were among the four area high school bands (which included Thousand Oaks High School, Simi Valley High School, and Royal High School) invited to attend and perform at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Athletics

Moorpark's baseball team has been coached by Scott Fullerton for 17 seasons. [5]

With rising enrollment, Moorpark athletics moved into the Marmonte League the year after beating Carpinteria, where it remained until the creation of the Coastal Canyon League. The school's biggest sport has been football. In 2005, Moorpark went to its first Division IV Championship game, losing to St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 27-7. A year later, Moorpark came back and lost in the first ever CIF North Division Championship to eventual state champion Canyon Country Cowboys, 24-22. In 2008, the team went undefeated in the Marmonte League for the first time in the school's history and posted a 14-2 overall record after losing to St. Bonaventure again in the CIF Northern Division Championship Game, 42-7. The following year, Moorpark again made it to the CIF Northern Division Championship Game but lost to Marmonte rival Westlake in a 14-10 thriller and posted another 14-2 overall record.

Their track and field team won the Marmonte League championships in both 2004 and 2005 under the guidance and conditioning of coaches Case, Rohach, and Thomas (Thomas has left Moorpark High 2007). The girls track and field also won again in 2007.

A new multi-million dollar gym was added in 2005.

The girl's varsity soccer team won 2nd place in CIF in 2007/2008.

Affiliates

Moorpark High School has 2 affiliate schools. The first is the Community High School, a newer campus (commonly referred to as "C School") that educates students not on track (for lack of credits) to graduate by assigning fewer classes to help make up lost and/or a deficiency in credits required for graduation. The second is The High School at Moorpark College, where students seeking to expand their education may opt to take college courses that fulfill both high school graduation credits as well as earn college credit. Although not affiliated with the High School, some students elect to take the California High School Proficiency Exam or CHSPE, thereby graduating from high school, and take classes at Moorpark College for straight-up college credit.

Faculty

Category Total # of Teachers[6]
Moorpark 69
District 374
County 6,571
State 307,864
Type of Credential Teachers (State) Teachers (MHS)
Full 307,864 (94.2%) 102 (93.6%)
University Intern 7,668 (2.5%) 4 (3.7%)
District Intern 2,690 (0.9%) 0 (0.0%)
Pre-Intern 1,150 (0.4%) 0 (0.0%)
Emergency 9,922 (3.2%) 5 (4.6%)
Waiver 1,298 (0.4%) 0 (0.0%)

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ a b c Moorpark High School Website. Please see external links. Accessed on 05 November, 2006.
  2. ^ Collins, Michael (June 24, 2009). "Moorpark decathlon team meets President Obama". Ventura County Star (Washington). Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ Crosby, Sherry Joe (May 2, 1998). "El Camino's Decathlon Champs Get Half-Hour With Clinton". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved May 1, 2011. Up until 1993, national decathlon champs were rewarded with a trip to the White House. Taft High School of Woodland Hills, which placed second in the national finals in 1993, was the last local school to visit the White House. 
  4. ^ "Moorpark High School Key Club". Moorpark High School Key Club. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "index". musketeerbaseball.com. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  6. ^ California Department of Education website. CDE website. Accessed on 05 November, 2006.

External links

  • Moorpark High School's Official Web Site
  • Moorpark Unified School District
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