Welcome Message

 

John Briquelet

 

As your principal it is both an honor and a pleasure to welcome you to the 2021-22 school year—live and in person! Whitney High School is an outstanding academic institution, one with a long and impressive history of rigorous 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, has been honored as a National Blue Ribbon School five times, was awarded status as a Gold Ribbon School in 2017, and has been 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 top performing schools. Therefore, it is no surprise that Whitney graduates can be found at the finest colleges and universities around the country, and their contributions in the world have been considerable.

 

In addition to ensuring that all Whitney students master the California State Standards and the 5 Cs of 21st Century Learning—critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, and citizenship— one of our primary goals for the 2021-22 school year continues to be the creation of a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for all. We can only achieve this if Whitney’s stakeholders are empathetic and culturally proficient; therefore, this year we plan to…

 

- Continue providing research-proven professional development for teachers and support staff on cultural proficiency, equity, and techniques for dealing with racism and other forms of bias;
- Provide ongoing, research-proven instruction and activities to our students to teach empathy, cultural proficiency, and techniques for dealing with racism and bias;
- Offer learning opportunities for our parents and collaborate with them to eliminate bias and racism from our campus culture;
- Continue developing and implementing our onboarding process for our Black students that includes Black alumni mentorship;
- Actively involve Black alumni and other alumni of color in speaking to our students regarding college admissions, navigating secondary education, and career opportunities;
- Collaborate with ABC Unified School District to develop and offer ethnic studies courses at Whitney High School to teach empathy, promote equity, and develop students’ cultural proficiency;
- Seek out and use literature, curricula, and strategies in our existing courses to teach empathy, promote equity, and develop students’ cultural proficiency;
- Continue our anonymous reporting process that includes Bias Reporting, initial intervention by a counselor assigned to that role, and the escalation of serious matters to administration for disciplinary action, as appropriate;
- Continue to collaborate with the Whitney High School Black Alumni Association and our many other stakeholder groups to bring about lasting, systemic change.

 

We owe these efforts to our students, our families, and the world beyond Whitney’s walls—we can and will be better.

 

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 each of you. I wish you an exciting, enjoyable, and successful 2021-22 school year!