Tuesday, November 6th
November 12th – Board Meeting (rescheduled from calendar); 5:30 pm, San Diego Yacht Club
November 13th – Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am, SDYC. Speaker – Captain Joseph Buzzella, Sector Commander, Coast Guard San Diego
November 19th – Dinner Meeting, 6:00 pm, location – to be announced
November 22nd – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
November 27th – Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am, SDYC. Speaker – to be announced
Program: He was born and raised in San Diego. He graduated University High School and San Diego State University. He has worked in education for the past 24 years, starting as a special education teacher. And, he has worked as a professional musician around San Diego for the past 30 years! Today, Hans Becker is the Principal of Point Loma High School, a job he has held for the last 5 years. “I believe PLHS is the finest high school in San Diego. And, I am dedicated to making sure PLHS students have the best high school experience, while preparing them for their future!” he told us. “And, I want to thank the Point Loma Optimist Club for being one of our biggest supporters. The scholarship program you run, is greatly appreciated and highly sought after. Our students look forward to the opportunity each year to apply and compete for your scholarships.”
PLHS started serving students in 1925. In the early 1970’s much of the campus was torn down and remodeled. A new remodel plan is coming later this year. “The round building, just off Chatsworth, will be torn down and replaced with a more functional and upgraded facility. This is a much needed improvement and will be a welcome addition to the campus,” according to Principal Becker. “We will also be adding some security fencing along Chatsworth to better protect our students and campus facilities.” While these are welcome changes, some of the things we love most about PLHS are in great shape!
“We have 1,912 students enrolled today. We also have a waiting list of 400+ students wanting to attend PLHS. We have a graduation rate over 97%. More than 85% of our students go on to a 2 year or 4 year college. 65% of our students live in the Point Loma service area (PL, OB and the Midway areas). 35% come from other neighborhoods. Our curriculum uses an ‘A-G compliant course plan’. That means these are courses approved by the UC and CSU system. This is an amazing place to work and get educated.” PLHS also has 80 full time teachers and teaching staff, 20 classified staff members and 20+ classroom assistants. Add to that, sports coaches, security, and volunteers, the total of which is almost 200 adults working at PLHS.
Vocational classes, like auto or wood shop, are distributed throughout the district, not every school has every vocational program. At PLHS, a focus on Arts & Entertainment courses prepare students to leave high school and immediately start work in the entertainment business. The computer classes focus on cutting edge work being done in Hollywood’s special effects, editing and production companies. Graduating students can move into good paying jobs in these fields with the skills they can learn at PLHS. Hans told us, “we offer an exceptional high school experience at PLHS. We have college professors teaching some our best and brightest students. We have a system in place through our counseling department to work with our students to ensure they get the education they need and want. It is a great place to work and get an education!”
Keep up the great work Principal Becker. We are very proud of PLHS, you and your team for the jobs you are doing and the students you are preparing.