History of the school

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

Petaluma 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.

Our Principal

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.

Mission Statement

The Petaluma High School community includes staff, students, parents and community members who know each other individually and form connections to support student success. We provide a strong academic program, a wide variety of co-curricular activities and awareness of post-secondary options enabling students to direct their own futures. We…

  • Provide a personalized approach to school and education and support each individual student
  • Ensure academic achievement at all levels for all students
  • Encourage student participation in career pathways
  • Engage students in their development of a future vision for post-secondary success

Our Vision

Petaluma High School provides relevant, rigorous, engaging learning which prepares students for current and future opportunities and challenges. We pursue 21st century skills while honoring the traditions and legacies of our school and community.

School Profile

This executive summary of the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is intended to provide parents and community members with a quick snapshot of information related to individual public schools. Most data presented in this report are reported for the 2010-11 school year. School finances and school completion data are reported for the 2009-10 school year. Contact information, facilities, curriculum and instructional materials, and select teacher data are reported for the 2011-12 school year. For additional information about the school, parents and community members should review the entire SARC or contact the school principal or the district office.