Principal's Welcome

Bear Family,

I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve the school and the community as your principal.  My connection to MHS runs deep; I have been a student (class of ‘92), a teacher, a coach, and an associate principal at MHS.  For me, it is home, and I believe there is no other institution that has had or will continue to have as much of an impact on the city of Merced as THE Merced High School.

MHS has a long history of being the “Home of Scholars and Champions.”  I applaud our staff and coaches for maintaining high standards and holding students to meeting high expectations.  I believe that every student on our campus is capable of meeting those expectations, and ultimately graduating from MHS “ready” for the next stage of his or her life.  

It is important that our students not only perform as scholars and athletes, but also build a supportive community which fosters meaningful relationships and habits that promote successful behavior. They will be trustworthy, respectful, and optimistic in their mindsets.  They will have a never-give-up attitude, and they will be goal-oriented in their approach to their futures.  My vision for student readiness is that they will truly be Bear STRONG.

I am excited about the future of MHS, and I look forward to working with all of you to advance the rich tradition and history of Merced High School as we go about building the next generation of STRONG scholars and champions.



Marcus A. Knott, Principal MHS

Marcus Knott

Marcus Knott

MHS, MHS Administration, MHS Principal