Mayo High School

Mayo High School
Mayo High School (Rochester, Minnesota)
Motto "To be a Spartan is the very best one can be"
Established 1966
Type High School
Category Public School
Genders Coed
Students 1800
Grades 9-12
Location 1420 11th Avenue SE,
Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Colors Green & Gold
Athletics Soccer, Football (boys only), Basketball, Hockey, Gymnastics(girls only), Tennis, Wrestling (boys only), Volleyball (girls only), Swimming & Diving, Track, Cross Country
Mascot Sparty the Mayo Spartan
Yearbook Odyssey
Newspaper Advocate
CEEB code 242103

Mayo High School main entrance

Mayo High School (Mayo) is an American high school named after the brothers William James Mayo and Charles Horace Mayo, physicians and founders of the Mayo Clinic. Mayo High School was built in 1966 in the southeastern section of Rochester, Minnesota. A public school, it is part of the Rochester Independent School District #535. Mayo High School has a capacity to hold approximately 1800 students and was the largest high school in the city until Century High School was built to help educate the boom of the rapidly expanding community. The current principal of Mayo High School is Mr. Tom Olson.[1]



There are 1,819 students attending Mayo High School, taught by 91 teachers. The student to teacher ratio is 20:1. The grade size generally decreases by 25-30 students between 9th grade and 12th grade. The boy to girl student ratio is 51:49.[2]

Test scores

On the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA-II), a Minnesota standards-based test, in 2006, Mayo scored 81% in reading and 59% in math. The state over all averaged 65% in reading and 30% in math that year. Mayo scored 92% in writing on the Basic Skills Test in 2006, dropping from 94% in 2005.[3]


Unusual for a high school building, Mayo has a circular design. It also features one of the first school-based planetariums in the nation. In 2000, the school underwent remodeling to replace asbestos based materials found in its original construction. Mayo's remodel was subsequently more environmentally conscientious in design, along with greater emphasis on meeting the contemporary needs for students of the 21st century as well as a focus on being more accessible than before. With the new construction, Mayo High School has now lost its totally circular design and now looks more like "Mickey Mouse", with 2 extensions (ears) separately extending from the main circular structure (head). Another name that is more common with students and teachers is the Concrete Doughnut. The extensions have been built to better fit the school's needs, including new, better-equipped classrooms and a new cafeteria.


Mayo High School has the only running school Planetarium in Rochester, MN. Supervised by Lawrence Mascotti, the Planetarium has programs for elementary school students as well as earth science programs for Middle Schools. The Planetarium is also used for a Mayo class taught by Mr. Mascotti. The planetarium has recently been enhanced with a new, digitally based system which not only allows student to view the night sky, but also offers three-dimensional views of the earth, mars and other planets, as well as the galaxy itself. [4]

Curricular and extra curricular

The school mascot is a Spartan warrior. The sports teams, students, and staff are known as the Mayo Spartans. The school colors are green and gold. It has teams in speech, chess, classic debate, mock trial, football, tennis, swimming, cross country, soccer, lacrosse, softball, baseball, rowing, basketball, golf, hockey, volleyball, track and field, Science Olympiad, First Robotics Team, Math League, and Knowledge Bowl. Students may also letter in city-wide athletics such as crew with the Rochester Rowing Club and figure-skating with the Rochester Figure Skating Club.


Mayo has a choir directed by Mrs. Jennifer Humke and an orchestra that is directed by Mrs. Kerstin Suby. The Mayo Band Program is directed by Mr. Richard Dahlin.


Mayo High School participates in many sports, competing in the Big 9 conference within the Minnesota State High School League, usually at the largest class level. The sports available are boys baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls hockey, girls cheerleading, boys football, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls golf, girls softball, boys and girls swimming, girls dance team, boys and girls track and field, boys wrestling, and girls volleyball. There is also a table tennis club that was started by student Eric "Rusty" Rustad.

Mayo boasts a particularly strong tennis program and are perennial favorites to win the Big Nine conference championship. In 2010, the Mayo Boys Tennis Team lost the Big Nine Championship to Century. The girls and boys tennis teams have also each reached the state tournament for the past several years. The boys tennis team has gone to the state tournament for the past 8 years (2003-2010). In 2007, the boys tennis team won the team state championship, giving Mayo its first ever boys state championship in any sport.[5][citation needed] In 2008, the tennis duo of Amrik Donkena and Will Tremaine won the State Doubles Title.[6] In 2010, the boys team were able to bring home a third place state championship win.[7] In 2011, the boys team won first place in the state class AA championship [8]. In addition to the usual high school sports, students at Mayo also participate in crew. Even though the Rochester Rowing Club (RRC) is an all-city club, students from Mayo who are in the club can earn Mayo varsity letters, just as in other varsity sports.

Notable alumni

Coordinates: 44°00′11″N 92°26′48″W / 44.0030193°N 92.4465642°W / 44.0030193; -92.4465642[10]


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