Principal's Message

Dear Aztec Community,

It is with great enthusiasm I welcome you to Palm Desert High School, home of scholars, champions, and award-winning artists.  I am excited and honored to serve as your interim principal while the District performs a nationwide search for your permanent principal.  I am not new to Palm Desert High School (PDHS) or its reputation for high expectations and community involvement; two of our children attended PDHS, and as the opening principal of Desert Hot I had numerous opportunities to attend events involving the two schools.  It is clear the existing culture of excellence is driven by the belief that the PDHS community must be All In, and it is!

Building on our history of success, we are focused on the future.  We continue to grow a strong learner-center culture, one that will prepare each individual to take advantage of the opportunities embedded in an economy fueled by innovation and global engagement.  We are committed to creating a future-focused, digitally-rich, and inquiry-based education wherein all learners can flourish and succeed. 

The faculty and staff continue to work collaboratively to create a safe learning environment that taps into each individual’s strengths and interests.  The athletic and activities programs offer a wealth of opportunities for active involvement at PDHS.  Every student is encouraged to find a way to connect to PDHS.

Palm Desert High School has a reputation for academic and extra-curricular excellence.  We offer an AP Capstone Diploma and a variety of academic pathways including Health Careers Academy, Aztec Arts Academy (Dance, Music, & Theatre), California Cadet Corps, Engineering, Film, and AVID.  PDHS offers award-winning choral, instrumental band, and academic competition groups.  Athletics are also a major part of the school culture and proudly compete at the highest level.

In short, there is something for everyone here at Palm Desert High School.  We encourage and welcome your participation in these efforts and look forward to working with your student.  The faculty and staff of PDHS look forward to working alongside you as we imagine and create a hope-filled future, one that engages and changes the world.

Go Aztecs!


Dan Kenley

Interim Principal


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