Superintendent's Message


Hello! My name is Len Foreman and it is an honor and privilege to serve the Durham community as Superintendent.  Durham Unified School District emphasizes academic success for all students coupled with a level of personal attention not available in larger school districts.    This is epitomized by the District slogan, "Small Schools, Big Education."

When I came to DUSD in 2013 as principal of Durham High School one of the first things I noticed was the maturity of the students.  The first time they meet someone students in Durham schools will look you in the eye and introduce themselves.  They offer assistance to any visitor who looks like they need a little help. While I believe our schools had something to do with this behavior, I know the true praise for our students' interpersonal skills belongs with the great families of our community.

Durham Elementary School was awarded the prestigious California Distinguished School Award in 2014.  This rare honor reflects the high levels of academic achievement for DES students.  The foundational skills set in place by DES are part of the reason students enjoy success after they leave Durham Elementary School.

Durham Intermediate School does a great job of preparing students for success in high school and beyond.  The dedicated DIS staff helps students through this age of rapid physical and emotional growth and prepares them for the increased rigors high school.

In 2014 Durham High School was recognized by US News and World Report as a Silver Award winner in its annual rankings of Best High Schools in the America.  This award places DHS among the top 5 percent of high schools nationally.

Durham Unified School District is committed to providing small class sizes at all levels.  The attention and assistance afforded students in Durham schools is unsurpassed by any public school district in California.

Our community is incredibly supportive of our schools and we are thankful for that support.  Everyday parents act as volunteers in school, serve on committees or help with fundraisers and after school activities.  All of us in Durham Unified School District are very thankful for the help and support we receive from our community.

The overwhelming support the Durham community provides our schools can be easily seen by the beautiful, new Durham High School Coliseum. Paid for entirely through donations and fundraising from the community, and almost fully constructed utilizing volunteers, the new football/soccer field and all-weather track saw its first game on September 5, 2014. Coupled with the existing baseball and softball complexes, Durham High School has athletic facilities that are the equal of any school in Northern California.

I encourage everyone who wants to see great students being taught by a dedicated staff to visit Durham Unified School District. You will find a hardworking, caring staff teaching fantastic students. 

Durham Unified School District is a school district that works to assure success for all students.

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