Mid-Peninsula High School Mission Statement
Mid-Peninsula High School—a community for learning—offers students a stimulating, nurturing, safe environment that empowers them to reach their full academic and social potential.
As a small, caring, educational community, we work to strengthen relationships between the students, their families and the school.
We recognize and understand unique learning styles and create flexible academic programs designed to meet each student's needs.
It is our expectation that Mid-Peninsula High School students will become capable, self-directed individuals who care about themselves, their families and their communities.
Mid-Peninsula High School began with the closing of Cubberley High School in 1979. Phil Bliss and Herman Ohme saw a need for student services that were not being met in the post Prop 13 world. Families were looking for an alternative to the public system. Attempting to meet this need, Phil and Herman began working as advocates for families with students who were experiencing difficulty and dissatisfaction in the public school system or those who had undiagnosed learning differences.
As is typical of Silicon Valley start-ups, Herman began schooling the first three Mid-Peninsula students in his living room. This was the humble beginning of Mid-Peninsula High School. In early 1980, Herman and Phil leased space at the now closed Cubberley High School in Palo Alto. By the end of the 1979-1980 academic year, the school had 40 students and one graduate. Because Prop 13 caused many public school districts to abandon summer school, Mid-Peninsula experienced a very high enrollment for summer school in 1980, which translated into an increased enrollment for the Fall semester.
Because there became an immediate need to accommodate a growing number of Mid-Peninsula students, the school's founders leased a new Mid-Peninsula High School site on Ross Road in Palo Alto, which was scheduled for demolition after five years. For the next 15 years, the school relocated to the 870 North California Avenue campus in Palo Alto. During that timeframe, Mid-Peninsula's home was scheduled to be reopened as a public school site. As a result, Mid-Peninsula had its first capital campaign and was able to purchase and remodel our current home located at 1340 Willow Road in Menlo Park. On January 31, 2001, Mid-Peninsula took up residence at this beautiful and modern facility.