As I start my 7th year as principal and my 24th year as a Lancer, I am honored to welcome you to Cordova High, home of Big Red! Change is still upon us here at Cordova High School. Our beautiful performing Arts Center opened up March 17th 2016 and we have been enjoying many shows and music performances since the grand opening. Lancer Lane, our own school access road between the CHS and Cordova Rec and Park boundary, is open for gym, stadium, and cafeteria access; no more driving around Hagen Park!
In May construction started on the new Auxillary Gym (I am still lobbying the district to name it “Gym Jr” or just “Gymmy”), stadium parking, court surface, and stadium improvements. There are a couple of phases, like the stadium will have more bleachers and safer access points ready for Lancer Football in August but the Auxillary Gym is slated to be opened by June 1st, 2017.
Cordova High is not just rebuilding its campus, we are working on academic programs too! With our goal and now our mantra, College and Career Readiness for All CHS Students, we are working on career pathways and community partnerships in addition to addition to all our current award winning programs! While we continue to build units and develop teaching methodologies for California Common Core School Standards, we also graduated our first 21 International Baccalaureate World Schools full Diploma Programme students at our 52nd Commencement Ceremony. In addition to our many award-winning programs for engineering, VAPA, our core subjects and four California Partnership Academies CHS is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World Schools fully authorized Middle Years Programme! Our Lancers are connected to the Middle Years Programme at Mitchell Middle School.
Cordova High has also experienced success in extra-curricular activities. Our sports programs continue to grow (we added Boy’s Volley Ball last spring) and do well; many off our teams had runs into the playoffs. Our Color Guard and Winter Guard continue to bring trophies back to CHS, and our Construction Design team made us proud with their many accolades at their annual spring competition.
As we progress into our next 50 years we are very proud to be continuing the Lancer tradition of excellence, and we are proud partners in the city of Rancho Cordova; the All-America City! Cordova High opened up in 1963 in the rich Riparian Habitat of the American River. It was the wisdom and foresight of Superintendent W.E. Mitchell who insisted all Rancho Cordova Schools be built adjacent to parks, and when it came to Cordova High they picked a winner. Nestled up to beautiful Hagen Park along the American River Parkway Cordova High is frequently compared to UC Santa Cruz for its numerous redwoods and natural beauty. "Be proud, get loud and GO BIG RED!"