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Principal's Message

Welcome to The Driller Way

Behave with Honor and in Service to others.

I want to welcome back ALL of my returning parents and especially welcome parents who now have their very first student attending Bakersfield High School. I will be starting my 15th year as Principal of BHS and I can tell you that I am as excited and invigorated about starting this school year as I was when I first started as the Principal in 1999.

What is the Driller Way? The Bakersfield High faculty spent considerable time last school year to develop what we are calling “The Driller Way”. We started with the over-arching question of “What does it mean to be a Driller”? Bakersfield High School is the largest (2,800 students) and oldest ( 117 years) high school in the Kern High School District. We have Driller alumnus that span the world and have had five generation Drillers graduate from the school in recent years. We know that being part of the Driller Nation has a special feeling… but we never sat down and defined what it exactly means to be a Driller graduate. This year that will change. We have spent considerable time defining the expectations of what it means to be a Driller and we are going to slow down and spend some time teaching those expectations and then recognizing when our students meet those expectations.

What are those expectations?

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Again, I welcome you back to school and I am looking forward to how we can work together to ensure that our students live The Driller Way.

David Reese