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Principal's Message

North High Students and Parents:


North High School has a long history of champions.   Since the day our school opened, we have produced many of the top athletes and leaders in our community. We are so proud to see our graduates go on to success.  Our graduates achieve greatness:  major league no-hitters, NASCAR championships, Super Bowl appearances, and Olympic coaching opportunities highlight some of the athletic success of our graduates.   Likewise, our scholars attend top universities throughout the nation and often return to Kern County to serve as highly-recognized and respected doctors, pharmacists, lawyers and community leaders.  


What makes North High School special, though, is that these highly-successful graduates share a common trait:  they have overcome significant challenges to achieve greatness.   Success in the face of adversity is a trait common to North High School teachers and students alike.  It’s who we are as a school.  When challenges arise, we fearlessly face them, work hard, and achieve greatness.

North High School will begin the 2020-21 school year facing a significant challenge – the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has changed our learning environment and will cause us to be apart for a while.  While it will alter how we learn together, it will not defeat us.  Now is a period of time where we, together, work hard to become great learners.  North’s teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals and administrators will be learning a lot as we work very hard to provide you, students, with an outstanding, online, education that prepares you for success.  We ask that you, students, also work hard to stay engaged and active in the online learning environment.  You can do this!  And you will!


Stars have always overcome challenges, and I’m confident that this 2020-21 school year will be no exception.   Please know that, though we are separate for a while, we are always here for you.  Stay connected and engaged, and together we’ll achieve greatness.


Mark Balch, Ed.D.