With the current state of Mustang High School, with only the buildings currently in place, MHS is at 73 percent occupancy. Pictures of the hallways always circulate on the first few days of school that give the impression that the school is overcrowded. The hallways are very crowded the first few weeks until students learn different ways to reach their next destination. Projects from the 2017 bond issue considerably expanded the capacity of the school with the addition of eight classrooms, a freshman lunchroom (coming soon), a two-story science academy and a new Performing Arts Center(opening Fall 2020). Moving the transportation department and school bus parking from the south side of the high school also freed up space that can be utilized in the future so that we can continue to provide the world class education and opportunities that Mustang parents have come to expect.
Having one high school makes it possible for the district to offer a great deal more opportunities, advanced placement and speciality classes to the students. If there were two high schools, the district would have to make the same courses and extracurricular opportunities available at two campuses instead of one. With two campuses, Mustang would not be able to offer to the students the incredible variety that we can by maintaining one campus. When the AP Scholars were recognized recently, many of them mentioned how the size of the school afforded them opportunities they could not have gotten at a smaller school. Also, maintaining one campus means we don’t divide the community; everyone from pre-k through seniors is a Bronco. Very few districts of our size have the opportunity to support the students and programs of one high school. Lastly, building a new high school would force our millage target much farther than the 30 millage range to secure enough funds for an additional campus. The high school, even without additions, has room to grow. Most elementary schools do not.