Principal Loren Lighthall

Welcome to Hughson High School and a new school year. I came to HHS four years ago with the current senior class and we started this journey together. No one could have predicted all of the craziness that has happened since then, but the high school has been a rock for students during this time. While every other school in the county closed for over a year, HHS remained open for much of that time and tried to keep things as normal/regular as possible. We know how important live school is to teenagers and have been responsive to their needs and the needs of our community.

I have 2 children that attend Hughson High School and our other 2 administrators also have students attending. We all live in the community and have a vested interest in the success of the high school not just because we work here, but because our children attend here. The superintendent’s daughters went here, the middle school principal’s son just graduated from here last year, the elementary principal’s sons go here, and we have dozens of staff members throughout the district that have sent or will send their kids here. The people that know the school the best know this is a great school and great community. Decisions are made not from an ivory tower, but in conjunction with our educational partners and with kids first because they are literally our children.

We also have over 180 students that attend HHS that live in other communities. That means more than 1 in 5 of our students commutes from another community on an inter-district permit to attend our great school. People know that this is a destination school in an amazing community. With all of the craziness going on in big cities, people value a community like Hughson where they know their children are safe and the school is responsive to their needs. We are one of the only high schools in the county not in declining enrollment as families continue to make the choice to send their children to HHS.

We closed out last year in spectacular fashion as we won league titles in baseball, boys track, and tennis. We start out this year with our FFA students at the County fair winning in multiple events including swine, heifer’s, gardens, flowers, etc. We’ve been national champions in academic decathlon, won the Occupational Olympics 10 of the last 11 years, won red ribbon Week the last 7 years, and have an amazing VAPA department with exceptional band, choir, art, and drama performances.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me and find out more about what makes HHS so great. You’ll see me at football games throwing out candy to the crowd, at the homecoming parade down Hughson Avenue, and all over the community and school at events. We have a great staff that loves working with your children and coming to campus every morning. Let’s have a great year together – see you at graduation!