One tiger, many stripes. At Edison High School, it’s diversity that unifies. Just ask principal Lindsey Sanders. When it comes to talking about what makes her school great, diversity comes up a lot. From the divergent student population to their wide-ranging academic and extracurricular interests, Sanders says individuality creates harmony on the Edison campus.
Sanders should know a thing or two about what makes a high school campus function effectively. She’s been working in the Fresno Unified School District for 19 years, first as a teacher and volleyball coach at Roosevelt, then on to McLane and Bullard. She then worked at the district offices where she says she “learned a lot about leadership” before becoming principal of Edison three years ago.
At a glance, Edison is a campus of around 2,500 students in grades 9-12. Opened in 1906, today Edison offers more AP classes than any other high school in the Valley, ranging from calculus to music theory. According to Sanders, 84 percent of students in the most recent graduating class had taken one or more advanced placement or honors courses. The school is also known for its standout sports teams. The boys basketball team won a record 23rd section title in 2015, the most in the state. There are two middle schools that feed into Edison, newly-built Gaston and Edison Computech, which shares a campus with the high school.
Of Edison, Sanders said, “It’s a treasure. I don’t think it’s a hidden treasure anymore…we have a waiting list this year. But, it’s a special campus.” Here, Sanders talks about why Edison is such a treasure, that signature diversity mentioned earlier, and where students are excelling inside and outside of the classroom.