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Grass Valley, Calif. April 28, 2021 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recognized William and Marian Ghidotti Early College High School as a 2021 California Distinguished School.

The current senior class in early 2020 on a college trip to USF, right before the COVID pandemic.

Ghidotti joins the ranks of all 2021 California Distinguished Schools who are being recognized for this distinction because of their exceptional record to provide for all students and their commitment to data-driven efforts that prepare students for college and career.

Thurmond said, “Our thanks go to the entire communities surrounding these schools, including the teachers, administrators, and classified employees as well as the students and their families who, through teamwork, all accomplished this impressive achievement together.”

Nevada Joint Union High School District (NJUHSD) Superintendent Brett McFadden welcomed the award saying, “This is great news in a year filled with mostly bad news and challenges. It helps to remind us why our teachers, administrators, and staff do this very important work. Hats off to Ghidotti staff, students, families. They are certainly deserving of this recognition.”

Ghidotti Principal Noah Levinson was elated at the announce, “What amazing news! Being honored as a California Distinguished School is formal recognition that we’re meeting our mission, which is preparing Ghidotti’s diverse group of students for college. This is evident in the graduating class — every one of our seniors has a concrete plan for life after high school. Most are attending a four-year university, some are finishing up their AA degrees, and a few are taking a gap year to save money or travel. They all have persevered through an incredibly hard time while consistently keeping their eye on the prize — setting themselves up for success after graduation. I’m in awe of the work our teachers and counselors have done across Zoom screens to support Ghidottians in reaching their dreams; I’m grateful to the parents, who have always provided us with grace and encouragement; and, most importantly, I’m proud of our students, who have pushed themselves and Ghidotti to new heights. Really, I’m just glowing right now. Go Phoenix!”