El Modena High School
3920 Spring St

EstablishedOpened September 1966, Graduated first class June 1968
PrincipalJill Katevas
Enrollment2,114 (2019-20)[1]
Team nameVanguards

El Modena High School, colloquially called El Mo or ElMo, is a traditional four-year public high school located in the El Modena neighborhood of the City of Orange in Orange County, California.

The school celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 2016-17 school year. It 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 Frontline.[2]

Marching band and colorguard

The El Modena Vanguard Marching Band and Colorguard compete in the AA Gold competition of the California State Band Championships circuit and play their field show every home game during half time. Previously they competed in the Western Band Association.

Winter marching season

Once finishing marching season, near the end of football's season, the band splits into three groups. The Vanguard Marching Band percussion section forms the Vanguard Percussion Ensemble, also known as VPE. The Colorguard forms the El Modena Winter guard. These two groups, since 1975, traditionally perform on a tarp inside of the basketball court or high school gym. The Vanguard Percussion Ensemble has competed in circuits such as ADLA and WGI. The third group is the Concert Band, formed by the band and the percussion section. They play varied pieces such as soundtracks and scored originals and regularly perform through the winter and spring.

Notable alumni


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