Mission Viejo High School

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Mission Viejo High School
MVHS Title.jpg
25025 Chrisanta Drive


United States
Coordinates33°35′49″N 117°40′12″W / 33.59694°N 117.67000°W / 33.59694; -117.67000Coordinates: 33°35′49″N 117°40′12″W / 33.59694°N 117.67000°W / 33.59694; -117.67000
TypePublic high school
Established1966 (1966)
School districtSaddleback Valley Unified School District
PrincipalTricia Osborne
Faculty86.30 FTEs[1]
Enrollment2,133 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio24.72[1]
Color(s)     Scarlet
     Gold, and white
Athletics conferenceCIF-SS; South Coast League
Team nameDiablos ("Devils" in Spanish)
Welcome screen to Mission Viejo High School

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. It is the home to one of the only agricultural farms on a high school campus in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

As of the 2014–2015 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,438 students and 92.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 26.3:1. There were 333 students (13.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 100 (4.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]


International Baccalaureate[edit]

Mission Viejo has been an International Baccalaureate (IB) school since July 1985. This program, taught to 80 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 approximately 80 diplomas in the 2015–2016 school year.[2]

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[3] and 2001–02,[4][5] the highest award an American school can receive.[6][7]

Mission Viejo High School has been recognized four times as a California Distinguished School, in 1988, 1994, 2001, and 2009.[8][9]

Performing arts[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. They have competed in the 5A division every year until 2016, in which they began competing in 4A and won their division at the WBA Class Championships.[10]

  • The drumline won High Percussion at WBA State Championships each year from 1997 to 2003, excluding 2000.[11]


The school offers 4 different choir classes: Concert Choir, Diablo Chorus, Treble Choir, and the Chamber Singers.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]

Mark O'Meara 1975 Golfer, winner of the Masters Tournament and the British Open in 1998. Member of World Golf Hall of Fame.[13]
Joe DeRenzo 1976 Musician and bandleader.[14]
Michael Lopez-Alegria 1976 Astronaut, 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]
Joel L Widzer 1980 Author, television journalist,[17] speaker.
Ralph Saenz 1983 Lead singer for glam metal band Steel Panther (as Michael Starr).
Julie Foudy 1989 Midfielder for U.S. women's national soccer team from 1987 through 2004. Won two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup championships.[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 Iraq War.[20]
Brianna Keilar 1998 CNN correspondent.[21]
Collin Ashton 2002 National Football League linebacker who played for the San Diego Chargers.
Jordan Palmer 2002 National Football League quarterback who played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Co-founder of RockLive.[22]
Jed Collins 2004 National Football League fullback who played for the 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 Minnesota Vikings.
Mark Sanchez 2005 Former National Football League quarterback.
Jeff Baca 2008 Former National Football League offensive tackle.
Tre Madden 2011 National Football League running back for the Seattle Seahawks.
Chandler Hutchison 2014 NBA guard for the Chicago Bulls.
Noah Munck 2014

Gibby Gibson in Nickelodeon's iCarly

Patrick Sandoval 2015 MLB pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels.


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Mission Viejo High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 4, 2020.
  2. ^ International Baccalaureate Organization: Mission Viejo High School, accessed December 2, 2006.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982–1983 through 1999–2002 (PDF) Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine, accessed May 11, 2006.
  6. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department, Journal Inquirer, November 16, 20–06. Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005
  8. ^ 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."
  9. ^ Distinguished School Awards: Award Winners for Orange County, accessed December 2, 2006. Archived December 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ WBA Class Championships 4/5A 11/19/2016 - Buchanan HS Fresno CA, Western Band Association. Accessed October 3, 2017.
  11. ^ 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."
  12. ^ http://MissionViejoChoir.com
  13. ^ "Mark O'Meara profile". pga.com. Archived from the original on 2017-09-13. 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" Archived 2010-12-25 at the Wayback MachinedatabaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on May 2, 2008)
  17. ^ http://www.nbcnews.com/id/10913370/ns/travel/t/joel-widzer/#.WRiZ0meGNAw
  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. ^ "`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."
  22. ^ Hamilton, Ian (June 14, 2011). "Tips for pee-breaks during movie and Mike Tyson". Orange County Register.

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