Mission Viejo High School

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Mission Viejo High School
MVHS Title.jpg
25025 Chrisanta Drive
Mission Viejo, California, 92691
Coordinates 33°35′49″N 117°40′12″W / 33.59694°N 117.67000°W / 33.59694; -117.67000
Type Public high school
Established 1966 (1966)
School district Saddleback Valley Unified School District
NCES School ID 063386005307[1]
Principal Ray Gatfield
Faculty 110.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,704 (2010–11[1])
Student to teacher ratio 27.2[1]
Color(s)      Scarlet
Mascot Pablo The Diablo
Team name Diablos
Information (949) 837-7722
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Mission Viejo High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Mission Viejo, California, United States, as part of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. The school has served the area since 1966. Students within its attendance boundaries live in western Mission Viejo, southwest Lake Forest, Trabuco Canyon, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Laguna Hills. Its mascot is Pablo the Diablo and its colors are scarlet and gold. 230 credits are required to graduate from Mission Viejo High School. As of the 2005–06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,997 students and 110 classroom teachers (on a FTE basis, for a student-teacher ratio of 27.2.[1]


International Baccalaureate[edit]

Mission Viejo has been an International Baccalaureate (IB) school since July 1985. This program, taught to 132 students, is for academically talented and highly motivated students sponsored and administered by the IB Organization. The students who meet the IB requirements are eligible for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. This school received 57 diplomas in the 2005–2006 school year.[2] Owing to the recently proposed statewide budget cuts, the future of Mission Viejo High School's International Baccalaureate program has come into question.

Advanced Placement and honors courses[edit]

The school offers Advanced Placement and Honor Courses at all grade levels. Advanced Placement Program (AP) classes are offered in AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Art History, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature, AP French Language, AP European History, AP German Language, AP Physics B, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP United States Government and Politics, AP Comparative Government and Politics and AP United States History.


Mission Viejo High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[3] The school received its most recent 6-year renewal of its full accreditation in the 2004–05 school year.[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Mission Viejo High School has been awarded the Blue Ribbon School and Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education on three separate occasions, in 1988–89, 1994–96[5] and 2001–02,[6][7] the highest award an American school can receive.[8][9]

Mission Viejo High School has been recognized four times as a California Distinguished School, in 1988, 1994, 2001, and 2009.[10][11]


The Diablo sports teams compete in the South Coast League of CIF Southern Section




C.I.F. Championships (1978, 1981, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2014)[citation needed]

Boys Basketball[edit]

Boy's Water Polo[edit]


Boys cross country[edit]

Boys' Track & Field[edit]

State Champions 1983[citation needed]

Girls Track & Field[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Wind ensemble[edit]

Symphony Orchestra[edit]

Concert band[edit]

Marching band[edit]

The Mission Viejo High School Marching Band and Color Guard at the 2008 Calgary Stampede Parade in Alberta, Canada

The school's marching band is part of the Western Band Association.

  • Additionally, the drumline won High Percussion at WBA State Championships each year from 1997 to 2003, excluding 2000.[12]

Indoor percussion[edit]

The Mission Viejo HS Percussion Ensemble has won multiple awards throughout the years of SCPA and WGI competitions. They won the gold medal and 1st place in 1999, 2001, 2007, and 2014 in various classes and circuits.



Student tech[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Mark O'Meara 1975 Golfer, winner of the Masters Tournament and the British Open in 1998.[13]
Joe DeRenzo 1976 Musician and Bandleader.[14]
Michael Lopez-Alegria 1976 Astronaut and a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions and one International Space Station mission.[15]
Matt Sorum 1976 Drummer for The Cult, Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver.
Brian Goodell 1977 Olympic champion and former World Record holding freestyle swimmer. At the 1976 Olympic Games, he won gold medals in 400m and 1500m Frees.[16]
Ralph Saenz 1983 Lead singer for Glam Metal band Steel Panther (as Michael Starr).
Dara Torres 1985 swimmer who participated in five Olympics, winner of 4 Olympic gold, 4 silver, and 4 bronze medals in swimming.[17]
Julie Foudy 1989 Midfielder for the United States women's national soccer team from 1987 through 2004. Won two Olympic gold medals.[18]
Joe-Max Moore 1989 Professional soccer player.[19]
Preston Burpo 1990 Major League Soccer goalkeeper.
Megan McClung 1990 First female United States Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War.[20]
Luca Parmitano 1993 Italian astronaut in the European Astronaut Corps for the European Space Agency (ESA).
Dave Farrell 1995 Bassist and backup vocalist in Linkin Park (as Phoenix)
Sabrina Sloan 1997 'American Idol contestant in season 6 who was a top 24 finalist.[21]
Jason Marian (baseball) 1997 Professional Baseball Player, signed by Seattle Mariners in 2002.
Brianna Keilar 1998 CNN correspondent.[22]
Ryan Powdrell 2001 American football fullback graduate of the University of Southern California who played for the Seattle Seahawks[23]
Collin Ashton 2002 American football linebacker who played for USC and the San Diego Chargers
Jordan Palmer 2002 NFL quarterback and co-founder of RockLive.[24]
Jed Collins 2004 National Football League fullback currently playing for Detroit Lions.
Drew Radovich 2005 National Football League offensive tackle who played for the Minnesota Vikings.
Nick Reed 2005 National Football League defensive end who played for the Chicago Bears.
Mark Sanchez 2005 National Football League quarterback currently playing for Philadelphia Eagles.
Jeff Baca 2008 National Football League Offensive Tackle currently playing for Minnesota Vikings.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Mission Viejo High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ International Baccalaureate Organization: Mission Viejo High School, accessed December 2, 2006.
  3. ^ "The Blue Directory of Schools: Search Details – Mission Viejo High School, accessed December 2, 2006.
  4. ^ Mission Viejo High School Facts: Accreditation[dead link], accessed December 2, 2006.
  5. ^ It's a Blue Ribbon day for six Orange County schools – EDUCATION: Two have won the nation's top honor before., The Orange County Register, February 9, 1996.
  6. ^ Mission Viejo, Trabuco Hills highs BLUE, The Orange County Register, May 31, 2002, "The Blue Ribbon award is the third that Mission Viejo High School has received in its 35-year history. Mission Viejo received Blue Ribbons in 1988 and 1996."
  7. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982–1983 through 1999–2002 (PDF), accessed May 11, 2006.
  8. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department[dead link], Journal Inquirer, November 16, 20–06.
  9. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005
  10. ^ Schools take state honors, The Orange County Register, April 13, 2001, "Two Mission Viejo high schools were named California Distinguished Schools this week. It was the first recognition for 15-year-old Trabuco Hills High School and third time around for Mission Viejo High School."
  11. ^ Distinguished School Awards: Award Winners for Orange County[dead link], accessed December 2, 2006.
  12. ^ Mission Viejo High band wins state title, The Orange County Register, November 28, 2003, "Mission Viejo High School Marching Band and Color Guard competed with 25 bands to win the Western Band Association State Championship in Fresno on Saturday. It is the first time in six years that the school band, which practices 14 hours a week, won the title."
  13. ^ "Mark O'Meara profile". pga.com. Retrieved 2014-02-17. As a freshman at Mission Viejo High School he made the golf team and in his junior year the team won the state championship. 
  14. ^ * Walter Kolosky, Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra, page 280, Abstract Logix Books 2006
  15. ^ Robbins, Gary. "O. C. Native to lead Space Station: Lopez-Alegria, among the most experienced of NASA's astronauts, will spend six months aboard.", Orange County Register, May 23, 2006. Accessed July 10, 2007. "Lopez-Alegria was born in Spain, but later moved to Orange County. He graduated from Mission Viejo High School in 1976 and went on to a distinguished career as a Navy aviator."
  16. ^ "1976 Olympics – Montreal, Canada – Swimming"databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on May 2, 2008)
  17. ^ "Dara Torres". JRANK.org. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Julie Foudy profile". Women's United Soccer Association. Archived from the original on January 3, 2007. Attended Mission Viejo High School where she was a two-time First-Team All-American... 
  19. ^ "U.S. women get cheers from afar", CNN Sports Illustrated, July 4, 1999. Accessed July 10, 2007. "New England and U.S. international forward Joe-Max Moore said he graduated from Mission Viejo High School in California with U.S. women's star Julie Foudy."
  20. ^ Ritchie, Erika I. "O.C. native dies in Iraq; The Mission Viejo graduate is the first female Marine officer killed in the war.", The Orange County Register, December 12, 2006. Accessed October 20, 2007. "McClung grew up in Mission Viejo, graduated from Mission Viejo High School, and received her officer's commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995."
  21. ^ Glowish, Amanda (February 28, 2007). "Mission Viejo High School graduate is an 'Idol'". Orange County Register. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  22. ^ "`Diablo Heat' grad pursuing TV career", The Orange County Register, January 24, 2003. "Brianna Keilar had it figured out. She was working as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KIMA TV, a CBS affiliate in Yakima, Wash., and looked at bigger media markets such as Tucson, Ariz., to eventually work her way up to a job in Los Angeles or New York. But the Mission Viejo High School alumna will not be reporting from Tucson anytime soon."
  23. ^ USC's Powdrell pulls his weight, and then some, The Orange County Register, September 8, 2006.
  24. ^ Hamilton, Ian (June 14, 2011). "Tips for pee-breaks during movie and Mike Tyson". Orange County Register. 

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