Mammoth High School may be named California Distinguished School

Mammoth High School may become Mammoth's second California Distinguished School, after the state board of education notified the school Oct. 29 and invited the high school to apply for the California Distinguished School title.

Superintendent Rich Boccia said Monday that the state chose MHS based on the fact that there had been "enough improvement in one of the school's subgroups" (he assumed it was the English language learner group) to qualify for applying for the prestigious honor.

Boccia said one of his very first calls was to former high school principal Mike Agnitch, because Agnitch's work "set the stage these past three years for the improvements." "We are very proud of the work the high school has been doing and this is a wonderful way to honor it," he said.

Mammoth Middle School is a California Distinguished School, and got there under the leadership of former principals Gloria Vasquez and Gabe Solorio. Solorio has been Mammoth High School's principal since the beginning of this school year. The high school will find out more about the application process on Nov. 8. The Mammoth Times will cover this story in greater detail for its Friday issue of Nov. 5.