• August 5th, 2019

    Welcome!  Dear parents, students and community members; I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Pittsburg High School for the 2019-20 school year.   This is going to be another great year!  The first day of school is Wednesday, August 14th.   Registration is taking place the week of August 5th so please ensure you and your child attend to pick up their class schedule, textbooks, take their school photo and speak with our staff regarding any questions you have.  Our staff is has been working diligently this summer to prepare our school for the new school year.  We look forward to seeing both our returning students as well as our new, incoming 9th grade class!  This summer, as part of our home visitation program, we visited many of the homes of our incoming 9th graders to both welcome our students and their parents and answer any questions they had regarding high school life.  In addition, our campus has been very active this summer with summer school, various camps and athletic conditioning and workouts.  In other words…..”school” is something that occurs year round at Pittsburg High!

    We are expecting over 3500 students this year and we have a total staff of over 250 individuals to support our students on a daily basis.  Our graduating class this past June consisted of over 780 students and of that number over 250 are heading off to four year colleges in August or September and approximately 350 are enrolled at our local community college(s).  Of the remaining 200 students a number of them have joined local trade unions, enlisted in the military or have begun working.  Among the many goals we have for our students a key one is to ensure every student has a post high school plan!  As parents and adults we know and understand the challenges of today’s society and at Pittsburg High we believe in ensuring every child is given access to a top notch education which includes access to quality teaching, a safe campus, a positive school climate and exposure to a variety of experiences that will help shape and form them in the coming years.

    Customer service continues to be a high priority for those of us working at Pittsburg High.  Our students, parents and community members are held in high regard by our staff and it is our mission to ensure we meet the needs of our community.  First and foremost, our students deserve the very best we have to offer.  This year we have a school counseling staff of eight counselors, two college & career counselors, two parent liaisons and three college advisors from the University of California college system.  These individuals, along with our teaching staff, form the backbone of our college and career advising team.  Please do not hesitate to call and schedule an appointment with any of the team members mentioned above.  Our school website (www.pittsburg.k12.ca.us/phs) has been updated and it contains a great deal of information including who the counseling staff is, how to contact them and also includes a list of events, activities and other valuable information.  In addition, I along with our school administrative team, are available to assist you as well.  My cell phone number is 925-250-1932.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having difficulty contacting a particular department or need help with another matter!

    Parent and community volunteers are always welcome and needed.  We are a firm believer in “it takes a village to raise a child”.  Our parents and community members are vital to creating and maintaining a positive and safe school climate.  If you are interested in volunteering, in any capacity, please contact our parent liaisons, Melanie Moseley or Maria Espinosa, at 925-473-2390 ext. 7517 or 7519.   They are located in room B201 should you wish to visit them.    We look forward to having you involved!

    On a closing note……I am excited to see you in the coming weeks.  It is hard to believe the new school year is almost upon us.  Back to School Night is scheduled for August 22nd, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm so please put this on your calendar.  This is a great opportunity to meet all of your child’s teachers.  I am thrilled to serve as your child’s principal during their time at Pittsburg High.  I am here to support you in any way possible.  Don’t hesitate to call or stop in to see me with any questions or concerns you have! 





    Todd Whitmire