Principal's Message

Greetings Cerritos High School Community:


Welcome to a brand new school year that I am confident will be filled with many great accomplishments in our academics, activities, arts, and athletics. As I head in to my sixth year (2019-2020) as the Principal of this fantastic school, I wonder how it will be possible to top our accomplishments from last year: our Model United Nations Team continues to be amongst the top 5 schools in the entire U.S.A-- as evidenced by our “Best School” award (17th year in a row) in New York this past year; our Wind Symphony earned a Gold Rating at the Forum Festival in San Francisco; our Drama students won fourteen “Macy’s” for their 9 to 5 production; athletically, we won seventeen 605 League titles and earned the coveted Cup award as the best athletic program in the league! Of course, my fondest moments will always be my daily interactions with the most considerate, helpful, and caring students I have ever encountered.  As I continually boast, Cerritos High School is a special place where kindness and respectfulness permeate the entire campus. It’s something that we’ve identified as The Cerritos Way. I am convinced that you won’t find better students anywhere!


Cerritos High School takes pride in educating the “whole child”.  Beyond our stellar academic reputation (In 2019, U.S News and World Report ranked CHS 58th out of 4500 high schools in California—their “Best Schools” highest GOLD LEVEL ranking), we emphasize the “3 R’s” that form the foundation of The Cerritos Way:  CHS students are READY (at school and on time every day), RESPECTFUL (caring, cooperative, and compassionate), and REAL (honest in their personal and academic pursuits). At Cerritos High School, we know that students who commit to our “3 R’s” will assuredly become the best that they can be—academically and socially. 


As in previous years, I look forward to supporting our students in the classroom, on the athletic field, and on the stage. That being said, I encourage all of our students to enrich the short time you have here by getting more involved in the many amazing teams, clubs, and organizations we have on campus. Research validates that “involved” students are more successful academically. Besides, by getting involved, you will empower yourself to make Cerritos High School even better. As for the 2019-20 school year, I am certain we will embark upon another great year of exceptional achievements. Because it is…The Cerritos Way!


Let’s Go Dons!

Pat Walker