El Modena High School

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El Modena High School
El Modena HS logo.png
3920 Spring St.
Orange, CA 92869

United States
Type Public
Established Opened September 1966, Graduated first class June 1968
Principal Dr. Saxton
Enrollment 2177[1]
Mascot Vanguard
Information (714) 997-0705

El Modena High School, also known as called El Mo (or "ElMo"), is a traditional 4 year public high school located in the El Modena neighborhood in the eastern portion of the city of Orange in Orange County, California.

The school celebrated its 40th anniversary during the 2006-7 school year. El Modena High is part of the Orange Unified School District and competes in the Century League.


A vanguard, used as the school's mascot, is a soldier in the foremost division or the front part of an army. Vanguards are the troops assembled in the front line when going into battle, which is why the school newspaper is titled the The Frontline.[2]

  • Wrestling: CIF champions in 2000, 2003, and 2014.
  • Softball: CIF champions in 2008

Marching Band[edit]

The El Modena Vanguard Marching Band and Colorguard is a state-recognized performing ensemble, competing in the Western Band Association circuit. They placed 5th in state in the A division in 2009 and 3rd in the AA division in 2010, 6th in the AA division in 2011, and 5th in the AA division in 2012.

Yearbook program[edit]

Yearbook- El Modena boasts a national award-winning yearbook titled Escena, which means "scene" in Latin. The yearbook is annually sent to a national competition and has received a Gold Standard award for its book in the year 2007.[citation needed] In 2011, El Modena's yearbook staff received 12 individual and group awards before the publication of their book even began.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Day wrote a sketch for Saturday Night Live about Heshi, a career day motivational speaker played by Nasim Pedrad (from nearby University High School) that was introduced as situated at El Modena[5]


  1. ^ El Modena High School - Orange, California - CA - school overview
  2. ^ El Modena Frontline student news site
  3. ^ Whitehead, Brian (January 30, 2013). "Skateboarder rides into business world". Orange County Register. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Leal, Fermin (November 20, 2013). "ElMo High grad's words are live on Saturday night". Orange County Register. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/day-607649-high-school.html
  6. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 30, 2011). "Divergent paths bring pals together for opener". MLB.com. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ Fryer, Steve (June 11, 2007). "Freeman a shot in the arm". Orange County Register. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Glick, Shav (January 20, 1990). "Gordon Opens Busy Year With New Ride". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SpekJe20.htm?redir
  10. ^ "Milo Ventimiglia". Wizard World. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 33°47′23″N 117°48′44″W / 33.789634°N 117.812115°W / 33.789634; -117.812115