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Principal’s Message for the 2022-23 School Year

As summer begins to wind down, here at North High we are hard at work to make sure everything is ready to make the 2022-23 school year the best year ever.  

We were thrilled to see so many graduates, more than 400, walk across the stage in early June.  The Class of 2022 is truly an exceptional class.  They successfully endured, and overcame, the countless COVID school shutdowns, school online, repeated quarantines, and countless missed opportunities.  Nevertheless, they persevered, accomplished their goals, and will now forever be North High School graduates.  We wish all our graduates the very best as the go on to the workforce, military, or college.  We are confident that you will do well, and look forward to your return, when you can share the stories of your success with your North High family.

In July we were proud to see more than 1,000 students successfully complete summer school.  We are very grateful to the many teachers, paraprofessionals, clerical and custodial staff who worked long hours to make sure the summer sessions ran well.   Many freshmen have already completed their first high school courses, and many upper classmen were able to remediate credits where gaps existed.  Summer School 2022 was an amazing success!

We now anticipate an amazing 2022-23 school year.  What a wonderful time we will have together, as we celebrate success in a variety of ways – on the athletic fields, in the classroom, through drama, band and theater performances, through clubs and competitions, and in the many lifelong friendships that will be formed during the upcoming school year.

My challenge to our students this year is very simple:  make decisions and build habits that will lead to your future success.   As the Class of 2022 just realized, high school is but a short period of time during your life’s journey.  Every day brings new opportunities for you to improve, and new challenges for you to overcome.   You’ll have the opportunity to establish friendships that will be with you for life – so choose your friends wisely.   You have an amazing opportunity in front of you, where the good decisions you make will help direct your life towards future success.   North High School is full of caring and committed staff members who will give their all to help all students experience success.   To the many students who will walk North High’s beautiful campus this next year, we can’t wait to see you soon!

School starts Wednesday, August 17.  Many athletic teams’ practices begin even sooner.  Enjoy the remainder of your summer, as you ready for a great 2022-23 school year!


Mark Balch, Ed.D.

North High School Principal