Principal's Welcome

Welcome to El Capitan High School, home of the Mighty Gauchos! If you are new to El Capitan, 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 equip students to be college and career ready. 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 students to be 21st Century citizens, learners, and leaders.

Our staff, parents, and community have been supportive in establishing El Capitan as the great school it is. We will continue to work together to enable 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.


Lee Shaw

Lee Shaw

Every Student, Everyday