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Principal's Message


Congratulations to the class of 2021!

We all wish you the very best and know you will be successful in your future endeavors.


Welcome back Generals!  We are so excited to get the 2021-22 school year started!   We have a lot of great announcements and we’re poised for another awesome year of Shafter High PRIDE and tradition.   Most importantly, we are so excited to return to a sense of normalcy and regular in-person instruction. The summer of 2021 offered one of the largest summer school programs in the history of Shafter with over 1000 Generals attending nearly 40 different classes ranging from traditional core classes, accelerated learning, credit recovery, A-G qualifiers, CTE pathways, performing arts, and physical education.  It truly warmed all of our hearts and passion to see our Generals back on campus!


We are excited to welcome eight new faculty members this year to the Shafter family.  In addition, we are also welcoming two new Deans of Student Behavior and Supports, Tsoguik Broutian and Don Ellsworth; Mrs. Labrentz is now our Assistant Principal of Administration and Mrs. Leah Hatton is our Assistant Principal of Instruction.   We wish Mr. Boyt, Mrs. Beadling, and Mrs. Ragsdale the very best on their administrative promotions and new ventures.  


The Shafter High Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways continue to stay strong, sustainable, and remain popular in student interest and program commitment. Programs such as Journalism, Student Leadership, and Link Crew continue to grow in popularity and help to support and increase school spirit and Shafter PRIDE.   Our Literacy classes and Intervention/At-Risk programs provides additional support, and our Career Choices program includes a 10 year career plan with educational modules throughout each year of high school.    Our Advanced Placement program currently offers 12 different AP courses, which puts Shafter High at the top of the list with the number of AP course opportunities!  The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program is now entering its ninth year.  The PLTW students continue to challenge themselves in courses such as Computer Science, Programming, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Environmental Sustainability, and our newest pathway of Biomedical Sciences now enters its 3rd year.   The Industrial Arts, Construction, and Wood program continues to stay strong and is packed full of students throughout the entire day.  The Video Production & Journalism Broadcast and our Kinesiology & Sports Medicine pathways are now in their 6th year and continue to grow in popularity and demand.  Our dual/concurrent enrollment and early college program has now expanded to 17 different courses offering college credit to  help our Generals be on track as they pursue their Associates Degree and post-secondary aspirations.


shOur campus continues to maintain 


its beautiful landscaping.  We have several projects, ongoing construction, and upgrades planned for this school year.   Our stadium modernization is well underway and on pace to be completed during 1st semester.  In addition to the latest and most state-of-the art stadium, nine-lane all-weather track, new ticket booth and concessions, new home and visitor bleachers, press box, and a full field renovation/irrigation replacement, we will also have one of the nicest, technologically advanced, high definition, and beautiful scoreboards throughout the entire county.   Facility and technological infrastructure continue to get refreshed, strengthened, and expanded.  Many of our classrooms have been modernized with additional technology, flatscreen TVs, multiple monitors, and updated Wi-Fi connectivity. Throughout campus we have also implemented Phase III of security camera expansion,  Chromebook inventory is now greater than a 1:1 ratio, and both our new and old gym are receiving sound system upgrades and replacement. 


Finally, THANK YOU for all that you do, our community and our generations upon generations of pride and tradition.  I am personally very thankful for your dedication and support of Shafter High and GENERAL PRIDE.  We are looking forward to a great academic and athletic year full of activities and great memories for our students.   Please let us know if you have any questions.  And, as always, remember, Once a General … Always a General!

Thank you, Russell Shipley