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PHS welcomes new principal David Yoshihara

Piedmont High School welcomes new principal, Dr. David Yoshihara, who will be starting his position on July 1, 2024. Dr. Yoshihara has been in public education for almost 30 years having worked in K-12, community colleges and universities. He has served in unified districts, elementary districts, high school districts, and county offices of education. Dr. Yoshihara has worked in all major areas of education from curriculum and instruction to business services and human resources. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley – Go Bears!

His Master of Arts degree is from Chapman University and his doctorate in organizational leadership is from the University of La Verne. Dr. Yoshihara has served in all types of schools and districts, including districts very similar in high achievement to PUSD. His current areas of focus have been improving instructional leadership in schools, addressing issues of inequity, and increasing student voice in K-12 education.

Some of his major accomplishments include the formation of a first-of-its kind music immersion program to close the academic achievement gap and the establishment of school-based wellness centers. Dr. Yoshihara has served on various boards and commissions including but not limited to First 5 of Sacramento, Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistant Team, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.