Principal Matt Dunkle

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 school year!

El Molino High School has been, is, and will continue to be a school where all students are safe and supported. We believe that all students are entitled to an education that provides them with the ability to graduate college and career ready and to participate in a variety of post-secondary opportunities of their own choosing. To ensure that each student can learn in an engaging and empowering environment, it is essential that the campus be a safe learning environment for all students. I firmly believe that our teachers and staff are committed to providing all students the necessary education essential for success after high school in a safe, supportive, engaging, and empowering school.

Our school is a special place. El Molino is recognized as a Gold Ribbon School and U.S. News and World Report again ranked it in the top 25% of all public high schools in the country. Thanks to all of the students, teachers, staff, and community members/organizations and business that work hard to make El Molino such a great place to be.

I am so proud of the accomplishments that keep occurring at El Molino High School! Over the summer, our students were busy growing as individuals while helping others. This summer some of our students, once again, visited Kenya, others continued winning awards at the Sonoma County Fair, while others have been diligently preparing summer assignments for their Advanced Placement courses, and others participated in the summer fitness program for our student-athletes. Many of our teachers have been spending time during the summer preparing for the upcoming school year by participating in professional development activities, writing new and improving existing curriculum, and helping students prepare for the upcoming school year. Community supporters and groups have volunteered time and money to help ensure that El Molino has all of the resources it needs to best benefit our students in their educational and extracurricular activities.

As we begin the new school year, it is essential that students are engaged in their learning and take advantage of the variety of supports provided by our teachers such as tutorial and after school tutoring. Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in the wide variety of extracurricular activities that are available at our school, ranging from athletics to the arts to FFA. To help facilitate student participation in one or more of these opportunities, the Activity Bus will continue running from El Molino to Guerneville and Monte Rio, Monday through Thursday.  The bus departs promptly from the bus circle at 5:45 pm.  Having students engage in structured, school based extracurricular activities helps students organize their time so that they can maintain focus on their academic work and ensure academic success.

I am confident that the 2017-2018 school year will be a successful one at El Molino!   Our confidence in the students is founded upon our commitment to provide each student with a high quality education and to engage them in 21st Century learning strategies. Our dedicated faculty and staff, along with strong community support, will continue to graduate students prepared to be positive and engaged 21st Century citizens.

Together, We are El Molino!


Best regards,


Matt Dunkle, Principal
P.S. I hope to see you at one of my Principal’s Coffee Hours in my office on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:45.

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