Welcome Message


John Briquelet


As principal of Whitney High School, it is both an honor and a pleasure to welcome you to the virtual home of the Wildcats. I encourage you to explore the many links herein because you will find much that is of interest and assistance.


Whitney High School is an outstanding institution, one with a long and distinguished history of academic preparation that ensures students’ post-secondary success. As a result, Whitney High School has been named a California Distinguished School more times than any other campus, honored as a National Blue Ribbon School five times, and consistently ranked as one of the top high schools in the state. Furthermore, Whitney has been featured repeatedly in Newsweek Magazine and in US News and World Report’s annual list of the nation’s top performing schools. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that Whitney graduates attend many of the finest colleges and universities around the world and that their contributions beyond higher education are impressive.


Whitney’s vision is “to develop intrinsically motivated, collaborative learners who approach their education purposefully and creatively by taking ownership of their learning to become responsible, innovative global citizens.” Therefore, in addition to ensuring that all Whitney students master the California State Standards and the Four Cs of 21st Century Learning (critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration), we promote deeper learning by inspiring students to explore their own areas of interest. As Plato once advised, “Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”  We achieve this by working with every student to develop a Personalized Education Plan (PEP), creating interest-based learning experiences in our classrooms, and providing students with choices when possible. In addition, we further enhance their educational experiences through outstanding co-curricular and extra-curricular programs in music, theater, sports and the visual arts, as well as opportunities to participate in approximately 35 different clubs and service organizations. Ultimately, we believe that participation in rigorous, high-interest, and meaningful learning experiences will enrich students’ lives and better prepare them for the challenges they will face beyond our walls.


Whitney High School’s mission is to prepare our graduates to be accepted and successful at their best-match colleges and universities. Over the course of six years, we work closely with our students to identify their interests, establish their preliminary objectives for higher education, develop comprehensive plans that facilitate their achievement of those objectives, and assist them with identifying and pursuing enrollment at the institutions they have selected. Furthermore, we guide our students in applying for a variety of grants and scholarships that eliminate potential financial barriers to their chosen courses of study. In fact, it is not unusual for these endowments to exceed ten million dollars for a single graduating class.


Our parent community plays an integral role in Whitney’s success. To better support our diverse student population, our staff collaborates with a variety of parent groups, including Chinese Parents for Whitney Excellence, the Filipino Parents Support Group, the Korean Parents Association, the Latino Parents Association, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), the Whitney Indian Parents Association, and the Whitney Music Boosters Club. In addition, The Whitney Foundation for Educational Excellence (WFEE) is the largest organization of active parents on our campus and includes members from each of the other representative parent bodies. If you are a Whitney parent and not currently involved with any of these groups, I highly encourage you to join one; together we will create an educational experience for your child that is second to none.


Whitney High School has exceptional students, dedicated and highly skilled staff, and a supportive network of families and stakeholders. Our school maintains a rigorous and relevant college-preparatory environment while preserving the welcoming and intimate atmosphere of a small campus. We provide our students with a variety of exciting learning experiences both within and outside the traditional classroom setting. Through our unique and purposeful approaches, Whitney High School students develop the strong foundation necessary for achieving success in college and university academics and in their future careers.


It is truly a privilege to serve Whitney High School’s community, staff, and students as principal; and I look forward to meeting and working with you.  I wish you an exciting and successful school year!