Godinez Fundamental High School will be conducting the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2013 on Thursday, June 13 at 1:00 PM at the Santa Ana Bowl. Admission by ticket only. Balloons, noisemakers, and other items that may be a distraction are NOT allowed in the stadium.
The Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLR's) are the outcomes students who graduate from Godinez Fundamental High School are expected to exhibit. Our ESLRS have two elements, scholarship and character. Administrators, teachers, students and parents work together to insure that future graduates are prepared for their future both academically and personally.
Dear Godinez Parents, Staff and Students,
It is with great excitement that I have been appointed to serve as the principal at Godinez Fundamental High School. As a sixteen-year administrator for Santa Ana Unified School District it is an honor and a privilege to serve this district and its families, students and staff.
Godinez has experienced tremendous success. In a recent US News World report Godinez was ranked #141 in the nation based on college and career readiness, the Academic Performance Index of 805 and student-teacher ratios. This accomplishment speaks volumes to the work already in place at Godinez including the staff dedication and commitment to excellence for all students and the parent involvement.
I believe that every student at Godinez can be college and career ready. Having a laser like focus from freshman year to graduation is of the utmost importance. Having one School Resource Oficer (SRO) and three District Safety Officers (DSO's) helps to ensure this atmosphere is the best for the effective teaching and learning that takes place at Godinez. The fundamental structures in place at Godinez are used to guide, nurture and grow excellence for all our students. My mission is to support my administrative team, counseling department, teachers and staff to ensure that every student is successful and receives a high school diploma that represents the completion of A-G requirements so that every student who desires to, can be eligible for the UC or Cal State system upon graduation. Parents play a key role in our success as well and I commit to providing parent avenues to be a partner with us as we move every child to academic success.
While Godinez has had great success, we are not done. We will look to find more ways to support students throughout their four years at Godinez. We need to increase the number of graduates who meet their A-G requirements. The instructional leaders at Godinez will revisit the success of our English Learner population, especially in English Language Arts, a refine school-wide best practices to support our English learners with best first instruction everyday in every class. I am confident that we can bring our Godinez team together to move all students to “proficiency and beyond” and move Godinez to not only a California Distinguished School but also a National Blue Ribbon School.
I look forward to seeing many of the students and parents I had the pleasure of serving during my tenure in Santa Ana Unifies School District. To those of you whom I have not yet met, I look forward to our second Coffee Chat scheduled for Friday October 5th at 8:00 am in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). I will share with you at that time the our goals and objectives for the school year and you will have the opportunity to meet the Administration and Counseling team. Until then, GO Grizzlies!
History of Name
Godinez Fundamental High School was named in honor of Orange County’s first Latino postmaster, Hector Godinez (1924 – 1999).
The following was taken from a Los Angeles Times article on the life of Hector Godinez:
“In his 74 years, Godinez scrapped his way up from poverty and a lack of formal education. He served as a tank commander in Germany during World War II, delivered the mail for most of north Santa Ana, attended Santa Ana College by night and, in 1961, was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as postmaster of Santa Ana.
He was later promoted to Southern California district manager for the U.S. Postal Service, managing more than 44,000 employees and an operating budget of $750 million.
Linda Godinez Miller said her father persevered against both economics and racial prejudice. Once he ascended, the father of four never forgot to help others.
‘He's a legend,’ she said Sunday. ‘He was one of Kennedy's last appointments--one of four candidates for the job and the only Hispanic. The Santa Ana Chamber [of Commerce] lobbied against his appointment. So did many others. Yet he did become postmaster and he later became president of the Chamber.’
Godinez's community involvement was ceaseless.
He served as a trustee for the Rancho Santiago Community College District for 17 years and on boards for the League of United Latin American Citizens and KOCE-TV public television, among others. Godinez and the first LULAC members helped bring to court a landmark civil rights case that ended discrimination against Mexican American children in Orange County schools.
Witty and loyal to a fault, Godinez was known for his devotion to friends, his collection of 50 pairs of cowboy boots and his fondness for Stetson hats. A voracious reader, Godinez loved historical tomes, especially those about World War II.
‘He always tried to stand up for the little guy,’ his daughter recalled. ‘If someone needed a job, he'd help. If someone needed help getting the mail out, they'd call Hector. He always took the phone calls.’”
The article can be read in its entirety by clicking on the following link: http://articles.latimes.com/print/1999/may/17/local/me-38181
Date Built and/or Occupied
Godinez Fundamental High School was opened in the fall of 2007.
|The Godinez school mascot is the "Grizzly".|