The city of Clovis is going through tremendous growth. In 2014, it was one of the fastest-growing cities in California. Clovis East High School has a front-row seat to the change—its campus is situated between quick-growing suburban housing developments and rural county land on the southeastern corner of the city.
The school itself is looking to grow and change just like the city around it. But, in its 15 years of operation, it has established itself as a leader in academics, athletics and community involvement. For the past two years, principal Chuck Sandoval has been at the center of the school’s operations, pushing for growth that matches that of the community around it.
And why wouldn’t he? Not only has he had a long career in the Clovis Unified School District, Sandoval lives a stones-throw from campus. So he’s personally invested in making Clovis East the leader of the pack when it comes to local high schools. After all, the school’s mascot is a Timberwolf.
At a glance: Clovis East is part of the Reagan Educational Center located on Leonard Avenue between Ashlan and Gettysburg. It’s home to roughly 2,100 students in grades 9-12. In 2007, it was named a California Distinguished School. And in 2008, it was named a Blue Ribbon School. It’s the only high school in the district to feature what Sandoval says is a “state of the art” ag center. The McFarlane-Coffman Agricultural Center on the Clovis East campus serves students throughout the district and features a 4,800 square-foot greenhouse, four acres of pasture land, 11 acre of land devoted to crop science, and several engineering and biotechnology classrooms.
Here, Sandoval talks about his personal investment in his school and community, what makes his wolf pack great and his goal of having a conversation with each student and learning every one of their names.