School board confirms new principals for Cal High, Charlotte Wood

Administrative changes come after Cranford leaves San Ramon for county post

Responding after the departure of California High School’s principal, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District has shuffled around some of its top school administrators, with the school board approving new principals at San Ramon's California High School and Danville's Charlotte Wood Middle School, effective immediately.

At its regular meeting Tuesday evening, the board approved former Charlotte Wood Middle School principal Chris George as Cal High’s new principal. The board then confirmed Iron Horse Middle School assistant principal Bridget Vorhees to serve an interim principal at Charlotte Wood.

“I am very honored and privileged to join the long tradition of excellent, all around education at Cal High. I’m looking forward to getting to know the great staff, kids and parents and working to make sure every student there is successful,” George told

George serves as Charlotte Wood principal since 2010, and before that worked as a vice principal at Iron Horse in San Ramon for nine years.

“Chris I just wanted to thank you on behalf of all of the parents at Charlotte Wood. You have done a tremendous outstanding job over the years there. I can't think of another issue where my wife and I have received so many phone calls asking about this particular issue, so you are going to be sorely missed and Cal High is getting one fabulous administrator,” board member Mark Jewett said at the district’s Tuesday meeting. “Thank you for everything you are doing.”

George in turn has been replaced by Vorhees, also a former assistant principal for Iron Horse, who will serve on an interim basis for at least the remainder of the school year. The permanent principal is on track to be appointed by the school board prior to the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

This series of appointments was initiated when former Cal High principal Sarah Cranford resigned from her position in order to become the Contra Costa County Office Of Education’s new administrator of student program -- a job she began on Monday.

“I am proud of the work we have done at Cal High to educate and support every student and I am confident that principal George will continue the excellent work at the home of the grizzlies,” Cranford said after George's appointment.

Cranford was selected as Cal High’s principal prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year after having served two years as the school's assistant principal.

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