Monterey High School History
Provided by Dan Albert, Associate Superintendent, Class of 1974
Monterey High School was founded in 1905. The original Monterey High School (prior to 1905) consisted of two schools; Monterey High School and Del Monte Technical School. In 1905, the schools were joined to form the Monterey Union High School. The school serviced students from as far north as Castroville to as far south as Big Sur and all of Carmel Valley.
The other two Districts, Pacific Grove and Carmel, only serviced student within their city limits, which was very small.
Monterey Union High School (1917)
The original site stood where the District Office is now. When the original wooden three story building burned down, the new school was built on the current site by 1915. Because the school was surrounded by ravines and forest, the only way students could get into the school site was across the Larkin Street Bridge. The Larkin Street bridge was built exclusively to service the school, so they built the bridge before they built the school. The bridge was an engineering marvel of its time. The design is a suspension bridge, much like the Gold Gate bridge except encased in concrete. It remains one of the only bridges left in the country of this design.
Yearbook Banner (1919)
Monterey Union High School (1924)
Coretta Scott King visited Monterey High School
Green and Gold
There were two fight songs in the history of Monterey High School. The current one, "Toreadores who wear the green and gold...." was created in 1948 and the music taken from Bizet's famous opera, Carmen, but the words were written by a student.
The older version (the music at least) was taken from the Washington State fight song...
("Fight, Fight Fight for Monterey High. When the victory...)
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Monterey County High School was founded at the original site. The Toreador was chosen as the mascot.
The Green and Gold were chosen as the school colors.
Three new departments were added, Home Economics, Manual Training and Biology.
8 Seniors were in the graduating class. In 1933, the number increased to 133.
1915 (February 12)
The new high school building was officially opened in it's current location.
The Cadet Company was formed.
The Auto Repair, Marine and Gas Engine Shop were built.
The stone bleachers were built.
The current school fight song was written.