Too Cool for School: Mr. Mao to leave MVHS to become stunt double for “The Rock”

Mr. Mao, Mission Viejo High School physics teacher, has decided to take the opportunity to pursue his dream career.

     Have you ever noticed how Mr. Meeuwsen eerily resembles Bill Murray? Or how Mr. Tickler and Ty Burell could be twins? Or, most accurately, how Mr. Mao looks practically identical to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson?

     These comparisons, along with many more, were published last year in April for the “Mission Doppelgangers” section of The Diablo Dispatch.

      Yet, this wasn’t the first time that Mr. Mao has been dubbed the lookalike of “The Rock.” In the past, he has been stopped on multiple occasions on his way to the classroom. By now, Mao is beyond used to hearing awestruck students ask, “Are you Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson?” To this, he replies, “No.” This issue became more and more severe, so Mao decided to start wearing a wig and glasses so people wouldn’t mistake him for the professional wrestler.

     “Mission Doppelgangers” was released during a period of deep introspection for Mao, who had been recently pondering whether or not he chose the correct career path. He loved physics, but there was always a career path that he has been drawn to more: stunt doubling.

     Ever since his youth, Mr. Mao has always dreamed of becoming Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s stunt double. He was so determined to follow his dream that he even attended a course entitled “Stunt Doubling: No Struggling” in college.

     However, when it came time for him to determine which career path to follow, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson did not have an opening for a stunt double position. This led to his ultimate decision to pursue a career in teaching physics.

     Just last week, though, Mao received his March issue of Stunt Double: No Trouble, a popular magazine in the stunt-doubling world that featured an article about how “The Rock” was looking for a new stunt double. His old stunt double, Chuck Noland, got stranded on a remote island during the filming of DC League of Super-Pets.

     The timing was nothing but perfect. Finally, Mr. Mao has the opportunity to do what he has always dreamed of. And though he will miss teaching physics, he will finally feel the satisfaction of having all that he has ever wanted.

     Unfortunately, this upcoming June will be Mr. Mao’s last month here at MVHS, marking the end of his teaching career. From here, he will move on to start stunt training and eventually begin filming scenes for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s upcoming movie, The Fastest and the Furiousest: XXIII.

     We at Mission Viejo High School will greatly miss Mr. Mao, but we wish him the best of luck in his new career. I will leave you off with the words that inspired him more than any others:


It’s about drive, it’s about power. We stay hungry, we devour.


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Jim Marsoobian
Jim Marsoobian
Jim Marsoobian is an editor and writer for The Diablo Dispatch. She also loves cats, movies, mysteries, collecting things, and listening to music! : )

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