Vanguard High School
|Vanguard High School|
|7 NW 28th Street
Ocala, Florida 34475
|School district||Marion County Public Schools|
Vanguard High School is one of eight public high schools in Marion County, Florida. The school serves the northeast area of Ocala, Florida. Vanguard offers the International Baccalaureate program for students, which accepts pupils from outside districts and makes up about 25% of the student population.
Vanguard's mascot is a knight and the school colors are red, white, and blue. Notable alumni include NFL football player Daunte Culpepper and Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook. The Vanguard Knight's cross-town rivals are the Forest High School Wildcats. Progress Energy Inc is the school's business partner.
The student population as of the 2006-2007 school year is 1743 students. In the 2005-2006 school year, there were 1796 students, 441 of which were in the IB program.
The school is staffed by 150 people.
In 1996, Vanguard began involvement with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. It was the 26th High School in the state of Florida and is currently the only school in all of Marion County besides Lake Weir High School to offer this curriculum.
Pupils accepted into the program take special classes for their Freshman and Sophomore years, which prepare them for the actual IB courses taken in Junior and Senior years. Students can be accepted into the program as ninth or tenth graders, but eleventh and twelfth graders can only transfer in from another IB school. The first two years are termed as Pre-IB and consist of a combination of AP/Pre-IB/Honors courses designed to prepare students for the actual IB courses and exams.
The school currently has seven of Marion County's National Merit semifinalists, all seniors enrolled in Vanguard's IB Program.
Renovations to the school were completed, and groundbreaking took place during the Summer of 2006. The project helped to beautify the school, while accommodating more students with new classrooms. Because of the sound structural integrity of the current school facilities, notably the 'Round Building', the general design of existing buildings did not change much. Among the new additions planned is a new cafeteria. The existing lunch room will most likely be turned into an auditorium, of some sort. Portable classrooms were relocated to what was a field, and a new pathway of sidewalks connect them to the rest of the buildings on campus.
After the first semester of the 2006-2007 school year, the school changed their policy on parking due to the construction. Only Seniors with parking permits and staff were allowed to use the parking in the front of the school, while others were required to park in the rear of the school.
- P. J. Williams – cornerback for the New Orleans Saints in the NFL
- Kenny Clark – former wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL
- Daunte Culpepper – quarterback for the Detroit Lions in the NFL
- Drayton Florence – cornerback for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL
- Travis Mays – professional basketball player
- Carlos Eduardo Mendoza - Federal Judge
- Dustin Moskovitz - co-founder of the social networking site Facebook.
- Steve Rhem – wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints in the NFL
- Michael James Shaw – actor, plays Papa Midnight in Constantine 
- Deanna Wright – actress known for playing in the soap opera Passions
- Natrell Jamerson - Current football player for the Wisconsin Badgers
- "VANGUARD HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "Vanguard High School :: Marion County Public Schools, Ocala, Florida". Marion.k12.fl.us. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- 2006-2007 Vanguard High School Year Book, Page 1
- Allen, Rick (November 6, 2014). "Vanguard High grad Michael James Shawis villain in 'Constantine'". Ocala Star Banner. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
The Vanguard Knights graduating Class of 2005 had 488 Students graduate, which is still the largest graduating class in school history and Marion County history.