The 2018-2019 academic year at Del Norte High School (DNHS) is a celebration of traditions, achievements, and new beginnings. The school opened in August 2009 with just under 800 students and a vision for comprehensive, supportive, inspiring education. The 10 years since then have seen tremendous growth and success, from academics to athletics to extracurriculars. For example, when we spoke to then-Principal Greg Mizel in the very first issue of 92127 Magazine, he shared that there were 25 clubs on campus; today, there are well over 100. The school has earned a wide variety of awards in all areas, ranked 41st in the state and 256th in the country for 2018 by U.S. News and achieving Distinguished School status in its first year of eligibility. More important than the accolades is the impact Del Norte High School makes on individual students. We spoke with new Principal Bryan Schultz to learn more.
Q&A with Principal Bryan Schultz
What attracted you to the position at DNHS?
The culture, academic achievement, and the involved spirit of the community.
What do you think makes DNHS stand out?
The family-like atmosphere and willingness of the staff to do what’s best for our students.
Can you tell us about your career background?
I started teaching at Chula Vista High School in 1996-97 and then moved over to Bonita Vista in 2002. I taught World History, AP U.S. History, IB History. In 2006, we moved to Genoa, Italy, and taught at the International School of Genoa for one year. We moved back to the U.S. the following year where I taught one more year and moved into school administration. I was an assistant principal at Bonita Vista High School for five years, then moved to Eastlake Middle School for one year before moving to Cajon Valley to become principal at Fuerte Elementary School. After serving as principal at Fuerte Elementary for three years, I moved to Montgomery Middle School as principal before coming to Del Norte this year.
What does DNHS’s mission mean to you?
It means that we place all of our energy and focus on our students. Our mission focuses us to put forth our best effort to provide a world-class educational experience to each and every student at Del Norte.
What are you most excited about for the new school year?
Getting to know the staff, students, and community of DNHS. I am most excited to build relationships with our learning community. I want to continue building Del Norte to be more than just a large public high school. I want our community to look to us as an extension of their home.
Del Norte High School At-A-Glance
Name of School: Del Norte High School
Principal: Bryan Schultz
Assistant Principals: Stephen Mills, Priscilla Sanchez, Soo Yeohn deSantiago
Year Founded: 2009
Mission Statement: Inspiring passion and preparing all students to be college-ready, future-focused, and globally aware.
Do you have any specific goals you’d like to share?
I want us to continue providing world-class service to our community as we continue to grow. I want us to keep our small-school feel as we increase in size. I want each of our students to leave Del Norte knowing that during the time they were here they had the best possible learning experience.
How does DNHS prepare students for their future academically?
All of our faculty and staff continue to have extremely high expectations for students and holds students and each other accountable for those expectations. Our programs continue to change to meet the needs of our students.
Nighthawk Mission: Inspiring passion and preparing all students to be college-ready, future-focused, and globally aware.
Can you tell us about the range of extracurricular activities offered?
We offer experiences in every sport offered during the three seasons of sports. We have amazing band, performing arts, dance, and cheer programs along with over 100 clubs, as well as leadership experiences for our students. We truly have something available for every student’s passion and interest.
How can community members become more involved with the school?
They can support our PTSA and growing Foundation. They can call or visit our website to become involved.
Are there any upcoming events or recent developments the community should know about?
Over the course of the year we will be building out events to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. As we calendar events we will add these to our website and push out through our social media presence. If you don’t currently follow us, please follow us @DNHSNighthawks.
Can you tell us about your family?
I married my high school sweetheart. I first attended Long Beach State to go to school and play water polo. My wife attended Sacramento State to attend school and play basketball. I moved up to Sacramento our senior year of college, we got married, had our son, Caleb, and finished school. Moved back to San Diego. She started her teaching career with Grossmont School District, and I started my career in education in Sweetwater Schools. We then had our daughter, Kayleigh.
By The Numbers
Year founded: 2009
Number of Students: 2,350
Number of Teachers: 93
Number of Staff Members: 45
Number of Classrooms: 84
Size of Campus: 63 acres
What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
Surfing as much as I can and traveling with family.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with 92127 Magazine readers?
We are extremely excited about the start of the school year. It’s great to be a Nighthawk. One school, one flock, Nighthawk strong!