Del Norte High School (San Diego)

Del Norte High School is a public school located in the 4S Ranch community of San Diego, California, United States. It is part of the Poway Unified School District. The campus has finished construction, and it covers 210,093 square feet (19,518.3 m2) of land.[3]

Del Norte High School
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Del Norte High School is located in Northeastern San Diego
Del Norte High School
Del Norte High School
Del Norte High School is located in San Diego County, California
Del Norte High School
Del Norte High School
Del Norte High School is located in California
Del Norte High School
Del Norte High School
Del Norte High School is located in the United States
Del Norte High School
Del Norte High School
16601 Nighthawk Lane


Coordinates33°0′52″N 117°7′20″W / 33.01444°N 117.12222°W / 33.01444; -117.12222Coordinates: 33°0′52″N 117°7′20″W / 33.01444°N 117.12222°W / 33.01444; -117.12222
TypePublic high school
MottoCollege Ready, Future Focused, Globally Aware
Established19 August 2009; 10 years ago (2009-08-19)
School districtPoway Unified School District
PrincipalBryan Schultz[1]
Faculty81.84 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment2,168 (2017-18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio26.49[2]
Campus size62 acres (25 ha)
Color(s)Evergreen, Navy Blue, and Vegas Gold


Del Norte opened on August 19, 2009.[4] Its principal is Greg Mizel, the former principal of Mesa Verde Middle School.[5] During its first year, Del Norte was expected to have approximately 700 students in order to create a personalized learning experience. Also notable was the absence of juniors and seniors, as the first year only contained freshmen and sophomores. The expected student population after the first few years was approximately 2,250 students.[6]

On May 13, 2014, the Bernardo Fire broke out near the school, leading to the evacuation of 21,000 nearby houses.[7][8]

On June 12, 2018, Greg Mizel announced he will be leaving his job as the school’s principal after the 2017-2018 school year.

Bryan "No Choking" Schultz assumed the title of "function holder" at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

During the 2019-2020 orientation, Schultz was booed while skateboarding down the ramp to the football field


Del Norte has expressed interest in adding the International Baccalaureate (IB) program to its curriculum, but this idea is still only under consideration. Recently, it was disclosed that course offerings at Del Norte have been limited by budget concerns.[9] Due to this, Del Norte will not be offering many language and elective classes in its first few years. Del Norte offers a 3 by 5 system. It has 3 trimesters and 5 classes per trimester for a total of 15 classes per year likewise to that of Mt. Carmel High School's current system. This layout offers one less than class per year then RBHS and Westview's with the 4 by 4 system.


The school is modeled after the layout of another PUSD school, Westview.[3] The design is a radial pattern, with all buildings linking to a central common area. The principal has announced that elective programs offered at the school will be based on student interest, following these ideas. Del Norte will also be equipped with the latest technology, including a school-wide data-sharing network, VoIP, and Promethean Activboards in all classrooms.

The entire school is based on four key themes encompassing connectedness, flexibility, collaboration and communication. It is also intended to have an international focus to give students a more realistic view of the future. The website also states that the school is intended to "meet the demands of the 21st century", in order to prepare students for a constantly changing world.


Del Norte has a comprehensive set of athletic buildings as well as an area devoted entirely to the arts. Del Norte has state-of-the-art facilities including five art labs, two music classrooms, one drama classroom, 11 career-technical education classrooms, a Performing Arts Center and a Fine Arts Village designed to blend traditional mediums of visual arts, drama and music. However, there are still allotted areas for 20 relocatable buildings in case further development is required.[6]

The athletic programs that are offered are: men's water polo, football, girls' field hockey, girls' golf, girls' tennis, girls' volleyball, and cross country in the fall; basketball, roller hockey, soccer, girls' water polo, and wrestling in the winter; boys' golf, lacrosse, boys' tennis, boys' volleyball, swimming/dive, baseball, softball, swimming, golf, and track and field in the spring.[10] DNHS submitted a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) membership application for the 2009-2010 year.

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  1. ^ "Del Norte's Nighthawks have a new principal". San Diego Union-Tribune. August 20, 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  2. ^ a b c Del Norte High
  3. ^ a b c Elizabeth Marie Himchak (December 13, 2006). "Work begins on Del Norte High School". Pomerado Newspaper Group. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  4. ^ "Del Norte High - School Directory Details (CA Dept of Education)". California Department of Education. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Greg Mizel new Del Norte High School Principal". Poway Unified School District. March 10, 2008. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  6. ^ a b "Del Norte High School page". Poway Unified School District. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  7. ^ "Bernardo Fire burns 800 acres, 20K homes evacuated". San Diego 6. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Evacuations Ordered In Northern San Diego From Bernardo Fire". KPBS. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  9. ^ "High School Course Offering Comparison (PDF)" (PDF). Poway Unified School District. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  10. ^ "DNHS Athletics Information". Poway Unified School District. Retrieved 2009-08-23.

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