Portrait of Mike Fowler
Mike Fowler, Principal
WELCOME TO GRANITE HILLS HIGH SCHOOL!

A California Distinguished School
An International Baccalaureate School
 
Dear Eagle Families:
 
Welcome back to another school year. I am grateful for the opportunity to return to
Granite Hills as your principal. As we begin again, I am energized and eager to have
our students back on campus.
 
 
This year, we celebrate our 60th anniversary. Granite Hills opened its doors in 1960 and has proudly served East County ever since. Over the course of 60 years, we have earned the reputation of being an exceptional place to learn. Former Eagles have shaped this community and continue to give back as builders, business leaders, doctors, first responders, elected officials and teachers.
 
As we enter our 60th year, I want to tell you about the Granite Hills Code - RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY and PRIDE.  While sounding somewhat ominous, The Code is nothing new. It is simply a set of character expectations that the Granite Hills staff adopted in 2015. We expect every Eagle to have RESPECT, be RESPONSIBLE and show PRIDE in themselves and in our school. These qualities are key components in successful classrooms and strong school campuses.
 
We are committed to the ideals of The Code. As we begin school again, I am encouraging everyone to LIVE THE CODE.
Show RESPECT, be RESPONSIBLE and have PRIDE in our school.

RESPECT

Living The Code means respecting yourself, respecting others and respecting our school. The focus on this important trait is evident as you walk the halls of Granite Hills. Our ASB regularly sneaks into
classrooms and posts positive messages for our teachers. Our staff is committed to respecting our students by getting to know each and every one as unique individuals with both strengths and limitations.

Respectful schools are safer schools, have fewer incidents of bullying and higher graduation rates. We are committed to teaching and modeling respect at Granite Hills High School.
 

PRIDE

We have a great deal to be proud of at Granite Hills. Over the last 59 years, our school has been
regularly acknowledged for academic and extracurricular excellence. Each year, the GHHS
administration, faculty, staff, parents, and students strive to ensure our school is recognized not only
in East County, but also at the state and national level. We have achieved this again, as evidenced by the accomplishments earned during the 2018-19 school year:
● US News & World Report evaluated high schools across the country and named Granite Hills
one of the BEST HIGH SCHOOLS in the United States.
● Educational Results Partnership recognized Granite Hills as an Honor Roll School for our
work on closing the achievement gap.
● For the second year in a row, our school is designated as an AVID Schoolwide Site of
Distinction. AVID is a college readiness system where we commit to equity and opportunity
for ALL students on a campus.
● Granite Hills athletic teams won seven league titles – Football, Girls Volleyball, Girls Water
Polo, Wrestling, Softball, Girls Lacrosse and Girls Swim.
● Eagle Theater received six nominations at the 14th Annual National Youth Arts Awards
including teacher Janessa Nadeau for Outstanding Musical Direction for Newsies.

RESPONSIBILITY

Student responsibility occurs when students take an active role in their learning and recognize they
are accountable for their academic success. Students at Granite Hills are responsible for making
choices and taking actions which lead them toward their educational goals.
Responsible students take ownership of their actions and exhibit the following behaviors. We expect Granite Hills students to:
● attend and participate in classes, prepared and on time.
● complete assigned work in a timely manner with attention to quality of work.
● avoid making excuses for their behavior.
● communicate in a respectful manner.
● utilize school resources and seek help when needed.
● identify, develop, and implement a plan to achieve their educational goals.
 
We are fortunate to be in a community where education is valued and Granite Hills is supported. I want to personally thank you for that. Have a great year. Go Eagles!

~ Mike Fowler