Newark Memorial High School (NMHS) is a comprehensive high school in Newark California serving approximately 2000 students from all ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Newark Memorial High School was formed in 1983 as part of a school consolidation program instituted by the Newark Unified School District. Prior to the consolidation program, Newark had two high schools (Newark High School on Lafayette Avenue, and Memorial High School on Cedar Boulevard) and two “Intermediate Schools” for grades 7-8, (M. D. Silva Intermediate School on Thornton Avenue and John I. MacGregor Intermediate School on Cedar Boulevard)
In 1983, both M. D. Silva and John I. MacGregor were closed and the former Newark High School was converted into Newark’s only junior high school, Newark Junior High School. Memorial High School was then renamed Newark Memorial High School and became the sole high school in Newark. The mascots of both Newark High School (Knights) and Memorial High School (Patriots) were abandoned in favor of the Cougars.
In 2002 Newark Memorial High School opened a 25,000 square foot multi-million dollar Technology Center, a stellar facility that fully integrates technology, science, mathematics and engineering into its curriculum. It features a Science, Technology, Art Research (STAR) Lab, which has ceilings 30′ high, and the infrastructure to operate over 1000 computers. The Technology Center features a fully equipped television suite/production center with six edit labs, audio/video suites, audio/video production rooms and an enormous orbital walled television studio with a 25′ electronic screen. The Technology Center also houses two full sized project rooms for desktop publishing, four classrooms designated for digital photography, robots, engineering and communications, specialty math and science labs and two intense oversized instruction literacy and math rooms.
Newark Memorial High School is located in Alameda County in the City of Newark, which is home to over 40,000 residents. This 150 year-old community is situated on the southeastern edge of the San Francisco Bay directly off of Interstate I-880 and Highway 84.With its close proximity to San Jose and San Francisco, Newark residents have easy access to the benefits of big city life, while offering the comfort and safety of a small town atmosphere.
Mission & Goals
The mission of Newark Memorial High School is to empower students in becoming lifelong learners who possess the skills, ethics, and creativity to reach their full potential as contributing, productive, responsible citizens.
Newark Memorial High School maintains a shared commitment to providing students with a world class education based on a strong liberal arts foundation and centered on the district’s core values, producing academically skilled and community-minded students with a wide array of post-high school educational and career options.
In 2012 the school completed a full accreditation review, during which it was determined that we should revisit our mission and goals. That work is still ongoing, and will be posted upon adoption.