Principal's Welcome

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year at El Capitan High School, home of the Mighty Gauchos! If you are new to El Capitan, welcome to the Gaucho Family! You are coming to an awesome school where students come first, academics are a priority, and excellence is strived for inside and outside the classroom. The school is part of a forward-thinking district that strives to be on the cutting edge of education as we aim to equip all students to be college and career ready by the time they graduate. At El Capitan, as well as throughout Merced Union High School District, staff and students are supported with the latest resources to allow them to function at the highest levels in modern education. We strive for our students to be 21st Century learners as well as 21st Century leaders.

Our staff, parents, and community have been extremely supportive in helping El Capitan become established as the great school it is. This year, we will continue to work together to enable our students to master the skills required to be successful as they progress towards their chosen careers or colleges. We will strive to enable them to think globally and become critical thinkers who are able to evaluate and solve real-world problems. Progressing forward, we will continue working together as one family. To help keep this in mind, this year’s school hashtag is #gauchofam. When you see Gauchos showing that family attitude and community mindset, please use #gauchofam as you post to your social media platform of choice. We are one family.


Lee Shaw

Lee Shaw