Principal Matt Dunkle

Welcome to the 2016 – 2017 school year!

I am so proud of the accomplishments that keep occurring at El Molino High School! With the celebration of the fiftieth graduating class at the newly modernized athletic field this past spring, we witnessed the Class of 2016 continuing the tradition of Lion Pride while ushering in a new tradition of commencement being held on the athletic field. We are excited to welcome back our football and soccer teams to their new and improved home turf: our all-weather field. I can’t wait to see the lights and hear the crowd roar this fall and winter because together we are El Molino!

Part of what makes us a great school is the variety of people who dedicate themselves to our school. Over the summer, our students were busy growing as individuals while helping others. This summer some of our students visited Kenya, others have won awards at the Sonoma County Fair for their efforts in raising a variety of animals, while others have been diligently preparing summer assignments for their Advanced Placement courses. 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.

Our school is a special place. El Molino is recognized as a Gold Ribbon School and U.S. News and World Report places it in the top 25% of all public high schools in the country. Thanks to all of the students, teachers, staff, and community organizations and business that work hard to make El Molino such a great place to be. As we were reminded at the commencement ceremony of the fiftieth graduating class last June, El Molino is like a family committed to the excellence of all members of the family.

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.

Let’s have a great 2016-2017 school year just like we did last year!   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