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Monterey High School / Lubbock ISD

School nickname: Plainsmen
3211 47th St.
Lubbock, TX 79413
Phone: (806) 766-0700
School website.
Principal: Mike Bennett
Grades: 10-12
Students: 1,622
Teachers: 104
Academic Excellence Indicator System report.

Monterey High School has 75 classrooms, seven computer labs, one distance-learning classroom, one choir room, one band hall, three gymnasiums and an all-purpose room used for athletic workouts.

Facilities include football and soccer fields with a track, baseball diamonds and marching band areas.

The school tennis center has four courts with full dressing rooms and a concession area. The auditorium is the largest K-12 school auditorium in Lubbock.

Monterey High School varsity football is played at Lowrey Field, while baseball games are played at Moegle Field and softball games at Lady Plainsmen Field.

The school was built in 1955.

Renovations began in 1992 when a gymnasium was added and air-conditioning for the building was installed.

In 2000, the football locker room and all-purpose area were renovated.

Moegle Baseball Field was remodeled and a new softball field, Lady Plainsmen Field, was constructed in 2001. Projects scheduled for the near future include renovation of the band hall and auditorium, and installation of a new roof.

Monterey has seven computer labs used for computer science, business curriculum, drafting, journalism and writing.

The library provides access to 20 computers.

The school offers sports programs for girls and boys, including football, cross-country racing, basketball, track-and-field, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming, diving, baseball, power-lifting and wrestling.

In 2001, Monterey had more than 250 computers for student use. Approximately 95 percent of the computers are Internet-ready. Most are Windows machines.

During the 2000 -2001 schools year, the Monterey Plainsmen football team was district, bi-district, and area champions. The boys' basketball team tied for first in district, and the girls' soccer team was first in district.

In 2001, several students qualified for the state power-lifting meet. The golf, tennis and swimming programs traditionally do well, and the baseball team was state champion in 1996, and state runner-up in 1997.

Monterey has a full band, choir and orchestra program.

Monterey students are active in theater and visual arts programs, and have won several awards.

Also, the Monterey academic decathlon team was first in the region in 2001, and qualified for the state meet each of the two prior years.

The 2000-2001 mock trial team won the regional competition, qualifying for a state meet where they came in eighth.

Future Business Leaders and other academic organizations at Monterey have been successful on a regional and state level, and several students have qualified for national competitions.

In addition, Monterey Latin students competed in the area Junior Classical League competition, and 30 students qualified for the state meet -- the largest such academic competition in the world.

The Monterey FFA also scores consistently high marks competitively in both stock shows and in competitions such as meat and poultry judging.

The student council and the National Honor Society are active in community efforts. The council organizes fund-raising activities for United Way, the U-Can-Share Food Drive and the March of Dimes, to name a few.

The Monterey National Honor Society participates in the Lubbock Literacy Coalition, and collected more than 3,000 books to donate to Women's Protective Services during the Christmas season in 2000. The Teen Leadership class sponsors annual clothing drives to benefit Goodwill Industries, and some student organizations sponsor Christmas parties for kindergarten, first, second- and third-grade classrooms in the Monterey attendance area.

Monterey students have a choice of 10 courses that are good for both high school and college credits. The credits are transferable to any state university. Courses include advanced English, dual-credit English-4, Latin-3, intermediate algebra, pre-calculus, biology, U.S. history, government, theatre-4 and accounting. Also, students may take an online electrical engineering class through Texas Tech University.

More than 65 percent of Monterey graduates enter college or technical school.

Staff, students, faculty and administrators observe an annual Veterans' Day Assembly.

The school also hosts an annual Bachelor/Bachelorette Bid assembly to raise money for United Way, and a Powder Puff Football Game to raise money for the March of Dimes.

The Monterey Choral and Theatre Departments put on a musical each fall that highlights talented students.

Monterey also hosts academic contests, such as band and choir all-region theatre competitions, University Interscholastic League practice meets, and competitions for organizations such as the Academic Decathlon.

American Sign Language is one of the unique courses offered at Monterey High School, and students from the program can develop interpreter skills for the deaf.

The school also has a successful cosmetology program that boasts a 100-percent passing rate on state board examinations.

Monterey is rich in traditions and school pride, officials said. Students have the opportunity to excel in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities through the many programs available. Monterey offers Vocational Adjustment programs for special populations, as well as Supported Education and Life Transitions classes.

For a complete look at the state's report card for Monterey High School click here.


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