Del Mar High School is home to some amazing administrators, teachers and staff- and the team just got another great addition to this strong community.
Some of you may already know Larry Lopez, who has worn many hats during his eight-year tenure with Campbell Union High School District. Lopez’s passion for helping and educating students began 14 years ago in Merced, where he taught English and then transitioned to the Activities Director. After five years, his educational career brought him to Branham High School where he served as Activities Director for four years and then as Activities Director for Del Mar High School for three years. His most recent position within CUHSD was as an Assistant Principal at Branham High School where he was able to help and support students from all walks of life, which sparked his passion to work as a school administrator.
"Being able to build culture and influence students from all different backgrounds, by helping them navigate their own lives in a positive way, has been a rewarding part of the job for me as an administrator," said Lopez.
Now in his new position as Del Mar High School’s Principal, Lopez says he has high expectations for the future of the school and wants to continue building on the growth and innovation the school is known for, which includes continuing the work on the District’s first 1-to-1 Chromebook program. Del Mar High School is also home to the highly acclaimed International Baccalaureate Programme, and the GenYES and AVID programs, which have accelerated the school’s reputation as a model school for socio-economically disadvantaged and English Learner students.
"What makes Del Mar special is the commitment of our staff to be forward-thinking by pushing boundaries and working hard to make sure every student is successful, which is something I want to continue building off of in the future," said Lopez.
As for Lopez’s hopes for the future he says, "I want our students to feel connected to their school and that they want to be here because it's a place where they feel safe, supported and valued."
Lopez says he has an open-door policy and wants students, staff and parents to feel comfortable reaching out to him. The best way to reach him is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by stopping by the front office.