Morro Bay High School
Welcome to Morro Bay High School, Home of the Pirates. Established in 1959, Morro Bay High School has been an integral part of our coastal community for more than forty years. Morro Bay, once a quiet fishing town, and Los Osos, a bedroom community to San Luis Obispo, have transformed into vital socioeconomic centers of their own. Morro Bay High School is part of the San Luis Coastal Unified School District, and our 43-acre campus is unique in that it is one of only a few schools in the country bordering the Pacific Ocean. MBHS is a four-year comprehensive high school with a current student population of 935. The mission of MBHS is to challenge each student to achieve his/her maximum potential in the areas of academics, occupational skills, social development and personal growth. Upon graduation, each student is expected to be a critical thinker, effective communicator, and a responsible citizen. Morro Bay High School serves a predominately middle-class community. Our student population reflects the ethnic composition of the small rural towns of Morro Bay and Los Osos.
Though the campus is aging, buildings and grounds are well maintained. The campus has been recently modernized with a new heating system, new computer labs, three P.E./athletic fields, additional space for the agricultural department, and some refurbished classrooms. MBHS was named a California Digital High School Grant recipient, and our students’ and teachers’ use of technology has blossomed as a result. Numerous co-curricular and extra-curricular activities attest to the fact that over the last five years approximately 85% of our students are actively involved in our school community beyond the classroom. Sixteen clubs offer opportunities for such involvement, with new clubs forming to meet student needs.
Parent support at MBHS is well established. Numerous booster organizations--Aggie Backers, Athletic Boosters, Grad Night Committee, Music Boosters and the Blue and White--offer invaluable financial support to our co-curricular programs. Parents serve as members of our school Management Team, one of its tasks being to oversee the School Improvement Plan. Parents have an opportunity to meet with the administration in bi-monthly Principal’s Forums as well as attend our Back-to-School and Open House events each year. Parents know that they are a vital part of the school community.
Our focus at MBHS is on every student. We help each individual student become successful in every aspect of the high school experience. Not only are they remarkable scholars, athletes, musicians, artists, and technicians, our students are empowered members of the school community who demonstrate that they are concerned citizens of the world. Our students’ California State Academic Performance Index (API) standardized test scores have shown constant growth from 718 in 1999 to 825 in 2006. MBHS is the first high school in San Luis Obispo County to reach the API Statewide Performance Target of 800. Our state wide ranking is a 10 and our similar school ranking is a 9. All subgroups have met the NCLB AYP targets since the beginning of this program in the 2001-02 school year. Our students’ PSAT/SAT/ACT and AP scores are outstanding and have continued to grow each year. Morro Bay High School was named a California Distinguished School in 2005 & 2009 and a National Blue Ribbon School in 2006. Morro Bay High School was also given a six year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2005.
Morro Bay High School not only offers a very challenging core academic program, but we also have an extensive and diverse elective program to meet all our students' needs as we prepare them for the 21st century. While academics are our main focus, we also have exceptional programs for students who are interested in co-curricular, athletic and extracurricular activities. Morro Bay High School is committed to helping students grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. Our teaching staff is focused, exceptionally talented and embraces cutting edge strategies to improve student achievement. Our comprehensive counseling and support services meet the needs of our students as we encourage them to become life long learners and successful contributors to our society. Our dedicated and highly skilled staff, academic students and supportive parents have helped to create one of the most successful and nurturing schools on the Central Coast.
- Kathy Buehler, Principal