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Principal's Message


Dear Half Moon Bay High School Families,

Once again, this has been a wonderful and exciting year at HMBHS. I continue to be extremely impressed with the dedication and ability of our students. Every day I see so many of them working hard in their classes and enjoying the many activities we have had thus far this school year. I love that so many of our students are genuinely kind and caring and truly look out for each other and our school!  I greatly respect our staff members who have wholeheartedly dedicated themselves to supporting our mission of providing the very best social and educational environment for students outside and inside the classrooms. They are fabulous! The support from our High School Foundation, School Site Council, Sports Boosters, Ag Boosters, Music Boosters, and Cabrillo Education Foundation and our many dedicated parent volunteers has never been stronger. Even more so than ever I honestly feel privileged and honored to be able to work and live in this supportive and amazing community. I am grateful for your help, trust, input and desire to make Half Moon Bay High School the best environment for our young people.

We have had an amazing first half of the school year. The week of Homecoming was absolutely fun and exciting. Our tremendous Cross Country teams, led by our girls team qualified for the State meet and finished with 20h place in the State Championships. Our cheerleading squad performed wonderfully all season, building spirit throughout the school and being outstanding representatives of our institution. The band and chorale have brought great pride to our school, playing and singing with great confidence and representing the school so well at many community activities such as Night of Lights and the Boat Lighting at the Harbor. If you have not had the opportunity to listen to them, make a point to attend their next performance. You will enjoy it!

Our Athletic Booster organization put on an incredible fundraising golf tournament for the first time and it was truly a hit! I played in it and greatly enjoyed myself! There is also the Black and Orange Ball on the schedule coming up in March! The boosters continue to fund almost all of our athletic department as well  supporting of our amazing full-time athletic trainer, Jessica Markbreiter. She makes a tremendous difference, greatly supporting our student-athletes and making sure they are safe and well taken care of.


I encourage all of you to take a look at the updated California Schools Dashboard, which is the relatively new system designed by the California Department of Education to help assess how schools are improving in various areas. As always, this is not end all, be all, analysis of a school or a district, however it is a fairly broadscape look at a number of areas that impact student learning. I think you will find Half Moon Bay High School continues to improve and measures well in many areas.


I would also like to take this time to update you on some of the work we are doing as a school to improve the experience for our students.

Health and Wellness Committee ­– This committee continues to be a powerhouse driver in supporting our students and their wellbeing. Currently we are focused on addressing the national “vaping” issue which has rocketed to the front of many concerns at all schools in the nation. Also, the focus has been on continuing to develop ways to support students social/emotional wellbeing as well as addressing critical issues such as drug and alcohol use among teens.

Many of you have noticed there are a few solar lights that are in a row on Lewis Foster Dr. These were the “test lights” to determine if they are of the quality to last for the long term. The test was successful and the district will be installing the lighting all the way up Lewis Foster in the pretty near future. Also, because of our studies, the intersection at Lewis Foster and North Main has better crosswalks and lighting for safer foot and bicycle traffic.

The Chromebook project has been a great success! All students have a Chromebook which they use both at school and take home (and will be able to keep upon graduating!). The students appear to be taking really good care of these valuable tools and almost every week, the integration of technology and student learning is increasing in the classrooms.

I have been working with a dedicated groups of students who have volunteered to meet weekly during Advisory to become the “One of Kindness” Team. We now have an official website linked to our school website listed under Activities There has been posters created and placed throughout the school, videos, music and other messages of kindness spread by this group of amazing young people. Our big project for the Spring semester will be to train and then spread the culture of kindness to Cunha and all our elementary schools!

And, led by dedicated English Teacher, Mr. Boysen, our school has been working diligently on reviewing and analyzing everything we are doing as we prepare for our Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visitation in March and review of our school. We are hoping to earn a six-year accreditation after the three day study of a team of educators from WASC


John Nazar, Principal

Mr. Nazar