Welcome to our 2012-13 school year. Serving as the Principal of Herbert Hoover High School is a privilege I take to heart and I hope that I am able to help in the efforts to maintain and even raise the standards that HHS has come to know since its' inception in 1929. There is a spirit and energy at Hoover that one only gets acquainted with if they are lucky enough to be on our campus during any given school day. The faculty, staff, students and volunteers at our school are considered a family that is committed to each other. I welcome any of you to come to Hoover to experience the exceptional things this family accomplishes in and out of the classroom.
At Hoover, we have high expectations of ourselves as professional educators and also of our students. At Hoover, we THINK. Every member of our family THRIVES at Hoover. We also do everything with HEART and look after the hearts and minds of all of our Ohana. Hoover students and faculty are INNOVATIVE and regularly ask “what if” or “I wonder”. We NETWORK with our community and beyond to build relationships and to prepare for the future. Finally, Herbert Hoover High School is an institution where one acquires KNOWLEDGE in an effort to become a life long learner.
HHS teachers and students continue to focus on improving Critical Thinking and increasing fluency in Academic Language. Our professional obligation to each other also brings us into regular collaborative circles to discuss high quality teaching. We put a strong focus on the freshmen so they learn our standards for student involvement, behavior and academics and offer extra support to those we feel need a fresh start in high school. We expect all students to have a plan and do all we can to support them in achieving the goals in that plan. Student success is celebrated through things like the Principal’s Honor Roll, monthly Character and Ethics Awards, Senior Awards assembly and the Academic Letter.
Being a Hoover Tornado means that you are now a part of a tradition that began in 1929. The tradition is alive and well. We want all students to find their place at Hoover and get involved while they maintain their academics. Our school offers over 30 clubs, a wide range of athletics, a competitive Marching Band, exceptional Arts Academy, over 20 AP classes, a Public Safety Academy and Scholastic Bowl team. At Hoover, the community is aware that innovation is invited. New clubs and programs are developed at the request of our Ohana. We are currently starting a STEM club and organizing our first Science Fair at student requests. The Hoover Pride is apparent all around our campus. Purple and White is the primary color you will see on TGIPF (Thank Goodness it’s Purple Friday) and our quad is jumping with live entertainment during many lunch periods. It is a wonderful time to be a member of the Hoover Ohana!
On March 3 of the year 1930, Herbert Hoover wrote a personal letter to our school. He wrote, “ I am deeply gratified that your school should bear my name, and I do pray that it may ever faithfully serve those who enter its doors in search of the truth.” The letter hangs in our hallway and we commit ourselves everyday, to help each student find his or her own truth.
ON TORNADOS! Dr. Jennifer Earl