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Meet Raul Hernandez, New Principal of Summit High School

Raul HernandezWe are pleased to announce that at the October 2, 2013 meeting of the FUSD Board of Education, the Board approved Raul Hernandez as the new Principal of Summit High School.

Mr. Hernandez was born and raised in Coachella.  After graduating from Coachella Valley High School in 1989, he attended the University of California, Riverside where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Ethnic Studies.  He continued his education at Claremont Graduate University where he earned a Master of Arts in Education, as well as a Single-Subject Credential in Social Studies.  Mr. Hernandez is currently in the dissertation phase of Claremont Graduate Urban Education Ph.D. Program.

"Serving and working with youth in Greater Area Riverside Urban League as an “at-risk” tutor during my undergraduate years naturally guided me into the profession of teaching and coaching," said Mr. Hernandez. 

He began his teaching career at Riverside Arlington High School and Coachella Valley High School, eventually becoming the Dean of Students at his old Alma Mater.  He later served as Assistant Principal at Desert Mirage High School and Principal of Toro Canyon Middle School.  He began his FUSD career as an Assistant Principal at Sequoia Middle School and most recently at Kaiser High School.

"Mr. Hernandez has an extensive background in instruction and curriculum, also in athletics," said Dr. David Hatton, Interim Associate Superintendent of Human Resources when he introduced him at the Board Meeting. "He is familiar with every phase of the high school program."

"I am extremely excited to join the Summit SkyHawk Family," said Mr. Hernandez.  "I can’t wait to work collaboratively with everyone as we continue to build on our successes. I am committed to working with our SkyHawk students, faculty, staff, and community members in building the high quality co-curricular/extra-curricular programs that our SkyHawk Family have grown accustomed to! We can’t spell SUMMIT without “U”! Go SkyHawks!"

Mr. Hernandez will officially assume his new post on Monday, October 7, 2013.


"I am an avid Southern California sports fan all the way," said Mr. Hernandez.  He enthusiastically supports the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Los Angeles Lakers. 

"In my spare time, I enjoy time with my family, barbecuing and grilling, and I enjoy all forms of music, especially Classic Rock, Classic Soul, Hip-Hop and R&B," he continued.



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