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The History of Monte Vista High School 

Monte Vista High School 1964

Back in the day there was no freeway in the Valley, cowboys and valley pioneers were active in the community and students rode horses to school.  With the population growth after WWII the 680 freeway was extended from Walnut Creek to Danville in 1964 and in 1965 SRVUSD was approved by voters and Monte Vista was founded.  

Monte Vista was founded with 200 freshman students and 13 teachers.  The campus opened January with a few buildings and a terrific view.  Students took poetry classes in the meadow and the curriculum included auto shop, bird watching, home ec and electronics featuring reel to reel and record players. The sports program grew with the school and the first full varsity season in 1968 with a season ending win against cross town rivals San Ramon and the beginning of the perpetual trophy. 


School culture in the 60’s and 70’s was full of spirit- the marching band led by baton twirling girls, Musty the mascot was 2 people as front and back of horse, and on Fridays every student and teacher wore red and black.   This was cowboy country surrounded by fields and a horse corral across the street instead of a parking lot.


The era of Rock and Roll was part of Monte Vista.  Teacher Chet Farrow organized more than 100 concerts at school featuring some of Rock’s biggest names including Journey, Boz Scaggs, Greg Kihn and Huey Lewis & The News.  The musicians came to MV to give students a chance for hands-on education running the sound and lighting systems. Today one of those students is an announcer for the A’s.      


With suburban development in 70’s Monte Vista grew, the facilities upgraded and expanded with the latest being the Workday Student Center in the fall of 2013.   Monte Vista has became known for the highest levels of education while earning the California Distinguished School Award in 1987, 1989, 1999,,,,,,,,,and US Department of Education Blue Ribbon in 2000 and?  


Today, Monte Vista’s campus of 17 buildings house 2,450 students, 110 teachers, 60 staff members and 4 administrators. Graduates of Monte Vista High School carry the history and future of the Mustangs with them.