Petaluma High School began as a public school in 1873 making it one of the oldest high schools in California. Renovations to the school have been on-going and in 2009, a new Arts, Media and Entertainment building was completed.
E-Wing : Arts & Media Building
Photo: DLM Architecture
High School (PHS) is located one mile from downtown,
historic Petaluma. It is a comprehensive public high
school serving approximately 1,310 students in grades 9-
12. The Petaluma High School staff includes 72
certificated teachers, four academic counselors, a
Project Success counselor, a full-time librarian, a Safe
School Support Specialist, three administrators, and 40
classified support staff members. Moreover, we have
the part-time services of a school nurse, a school
psychologist, a speech and language specialist,
bilingual support services, and instructional assistants
in special education.
Staff and administration at Petaluma High have spent much of the last year re-imagining our offerings. We are adding new programs to more closely personalize the high school experience for our students, including an advisory period (Trojan Connections) and robust system of pathways; we encourage each student to choose an academic focus area which leads to certification in the senior year. These areas, based on California industry standards, include Agriculture and Natural Resources; Arts, Media and Entertainment; Engineering, Building Trades, and Manufacturing; Business and Finance; Transportation; Health Science and Medical Training; and Honors and AP Concentration.
Mr. David Stirrat
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David Stirrat, 47, has earned degrees in international relations at American University and journalism at Northwestern University and worked at the Washington Post before switching to teaching. He earned a teaching credential at Sonoma State University, and taught kindergarten at Stuart Hall for Boys in San Francisco, elementary grades at Montessori de Terra Linda in San Rafael, and English in Brentwood and at Casa Grande High School. Stirrat was assistant principal at Petaluma High since 2008.