San Marcos High School is an excellent school. For the last 9 consecutive years, my three children attended and graduated from this High School (the last one graduated June 2012). I initially pushed for my children to go to Mission Hills HS when it first opened, but was greatful that we could not enroll them there. Although Mission Hills has a good football team, there are many problems with the school, such as school hallways being built too narrow and the school in general is overcrowded and had some issues related to gang problems initially (I don't know if they still are). Although San Marcos HS does not have a "Great" football team (they do ok), they offer other sports such as LaCrosse, waterpolo, soccer, and other programs that do very well. Their band and dance programs have won many awards. They have a genetics program, state-of-the-art wood shop program (hopefully it didn't get cut), and and an ASL program to name a few. Their ASL (American Sign Language) teacher is excellent. To give you an idea, my daughter just entered a PAC 12 University to earn her degree in ASL and was placed in a level 3 class. She is repeating the same (exact) course work at the University that she did at SMHS. She is the only freshman in her class at that level. Only having 2 years of ASL at SMHS, her teacher did an excellent job of preparing and teaching my daughter advanced college level work.
Don't get me wrong, every school has it's issues and problems and SHMS is not any different. All three of my children had some sort of disability and on a 504 or IEP. Due to this, I had to be very "present" in my childrens education and there were times that I had to go head-to-head with faculty. But I would have had to do that at ANY public school, it's just the nature of the beast within a public school setting.
As far as the previous posts about teen prenancy, that just makes me furious. While I too had first heard of these rumors upon my children entering the HS, I found out that that report was OVER 20 YEARS AGO, get over it! That report is NOT relevant to today. San Marcos HS today is ranked as one of the top schools to go to. Currently, the school is under construction but will be beautiful (college like) once it is complete.