Principal's Message

Greetings Cerritos High School Community:


Though we enter this new school year with a lot of uncertainty due to COVID-19, I am certain we will overcome all obstacles and have a school year filled with many great accomplishments in our academics, activities, arts, and athletics. At the start of each new school year (this will be my seventh!), I always wonder if it is possible for us to top the accomplishments from the previous year. For instance, last year our Model United Nations (MUN) Team continued to be amongst the top teams in the entire U.S.A-- as evidenced by their “Best School” award (18 th year in a row) in New York this past year; our Regiment of Gold Marching Band advanced to the State Grand Championships in the 4A Division; our Drama students won 15 “Macy’s” Awards—including the coveted Heart and Soul Award-- for their “Putnam County Spelling Bee” production; athletically, in a sports-shortened year, our Dons won eight 605 League titles, three of our Lady Dons’ wrestlers earned CIF titles, and CHS 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 we have the best students anywhere!


Cerritos High School takes pride in educating the “whole child”.  Beyond our stellar academic reputation (In 2020, U.S News and World Report ranked CHS 62nd out of 4500 high schools in California—earning their 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. While we are entering the 2020-21 school year with a lot of unknowns, I am convinced we will embark upon another great year of exceptional achievements. Because it is…The Cerritos Way! Let’s Go Dons!


Pat Walker