School Basics

Vanguard High School is a school of choice serving students in Mesquite ISD who are interested in a non-traditional high school experience. Students can choose from 16 different programs of study and earn multiple industry certifications, as well as dual credit.

The campus opened in the fall of 2021 with 500 freshmen and 500 sophomores organized into four schools based on their selected program of study. MISD students from any of our five high school attendance zones can attend Vanguard. 

Each October, any MISD student in eighth graders may submit an interest form in Skyward to enroll in one of 16 different programs of study offered at Vanguard.

Space is limited. If more students select a program than seats are available, a matrix will be used to rank all students on the same criteria for admission to limited enrollment programs.

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Dean of Schools

Clint Elsasser is the Dean of Schools at Vanguard High School, Mesquite ISD’s newest high school opening in the fall of 2021. He has worked in the construction industry as a project manager and the educational field both as an instructor and administrator. The combination of Industry and educational experience gives Clint a unique skill-set to see education from a different perspective. His passion is to connect education and students to the latest trends and needs of industry by forging strong partnerships with industry and facilitating students to receive the skills and training to be the leaders of the future.  Clint has a degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s degree in Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

Assistant Dean of Instruction

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Patrick Haney
Assistant Dean of Instruction

Assistant Dean

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Israel Cabrera
Assistant Dean


Assistant Dean

Lonna Jackson

Lonna Jackson
Assistant Dean


Contact Us

4201 Faithon P Lucas Sr Blvd
Mesquite, TX 75181


School Health Advisory Council

Title 1 Information

Parent Right to Know - English

Parent Right to Know - Spanish

A copy of the Campus Improvement Plan is available for review in the school office upon request.