By Jim Shilander
George Duarte, the principal at San Clemente High School, will be transferred to a middle school in Ladera Ranch next school year, according to a release from the Capistrano Unified School District.
Duarte has been principal at SCHS since 2006. He had been serving as assistant principal at the school since 1999.
In the release, superintendent Joseph Farley praised the work Duarte had done at the school.
“During his tenure at San Clemente High School, George has overseen a marked improvement in academic achievement as well as increased graduation and college attendance rates,” Farley said. “We believe George’s experience leading a large, complex and successful high school community will translate to continued success for the students at Ladera Ranch Middle School.”
District communications officer Marcus Walton said a search for a new principal at SCHS is underway and a successor will be in place by the start of next school year.