The school has achieved 100% pass rate for SPM and PMR examinations where some of the former students received scholarship awards from Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Petronas, Telekom Malaysia, Shell Malaysia, Yayasan Sabah and other overseas scholarship. It also won awards from various government agencies, among them are Anugerah Kualiti Menteri Pelajaran, Anugerah Sekolah Rakan Alam Sekitar (SERASI), Anugerah Sekolah Harapan Negara, Smart School, Champion of National Robotic Competition and The Most Active and highest User Think.com Award. On 10 March 2010, the school retains its championship in Kota Kinabalu Schools Sports Council Track and Field Meet by winning a total of 21 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze medals during the three-day event. In the previous year, SMESH hauled a total of 26 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze medals and emerged as the overall champions of the fifth edition of the Kota Kinabalu South MSSD Track and Field Championship .
In 2010, SMESH emerged as the best and top school in Sabah with an average grade of 2.22 for SPM 2009, ahead from close rival, SM Sains Lahad Datu. Earlier in January, three out of four Form 3 classes scored straight A's in PMR, the highest-ever number of achievers and ranked as No.1 School in Sabah. The school, for over the years has consistently develops human character buildings through five ethos introduced initially by the then principal Rossminah Yamin. However, in 2007 the school suffered severe setback in academic achievements where number of straight A's SPM student drastically reduced. The dismissal performance was however, revealed in the post-mortem, due to school involvement with many non-academic competitions and lack of academic consultation between teachers and students. In 2008, the controversial but effective principal Rossminah Yamin was transferred to Sekolah Menengah Sains Kuala Selangor and succeeded by current principal Tuan Haji Zaini Zair.
In 2011, SMESH again emerged as the best boarding school in Sabah after the school performance in SPM 2010 recorded increment from 2.22 to 2.14 GPS, the best year ever recorded. The GPS indicator is widely used as a national school performance indicator endorsed by the Ministry of Education. However, year 2011 saw slightest drop in PMR result where out of 5 classes, only 2 classes scored Straight A's, thus no longer retaining the position as the best school in Sabah for PMR, coming second behind SM Sains Lahad Datu. Apart from academic achievements, the school is certified by Auditor-General of Malaysia with Sijil Tanpa Teguran or Unqualified Certificate where the auditor is completely satisfied with the true and fairness of financial statements. At the moment, the school is thoroughly audited by SIRIM for MS ISO 9001:2008 certification.
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