When Rebecca Wheeler talks about Hoover High School, where she’s in her first year as principal, you get the feeling that she could speak indefinitely about the campus, students and staff. It’s easy to see why. There’s a lot happening at Hoover.
From new career pathways and special education programs to new facilities and students winning filmmaking awards… the Patriots are on the march.
Leading them is Wheeler. With education in her blood, and having grown up going to Fresno schools, Wheeler is a capable commander. Prior to becoming a Patriot, Wheeler served as vice principal of two other Fresno high schools, McLane and Bullard, and got her first teaching job at her alma mater, Roosevelt. Now that she’s at Hoover, Wheeler has dedicated herself to the community and the kids. She lives in the neighborhood and says, “This is my school. This is my community. These are my kids.”
At a glance, Hoover, named for Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, is home to roughly 1,900 students in grades 9-12. Located on the corner of First and Barstow, it’s close to the city’s major university, Fresno State, and Wheeler is looking to develop partnerships between the two schools. Founded in 1963, the campus has a diverse student body that reflects the population of the district.
Here, Wheeler talks about Hoover’s many educational opportunities, what excites her about being an educator and new things to come for the Patriot community.