Don had previously been principal at 1 or 2 local high schools, and after Corona Del Mar, he moved to Napa, California and became a district administrator. We’ll ask him to clarify, Now he is retired as of about 2016 and lives with his family in the Palm Springs area.
JAN. 25, 2001, 12 AM,
On Feb. 5, Corona del Mar High School will lose a pivotal and influential figure: Principal Don Martin.
It is difficult to sum up a principal’s job: mentor, advisor, cheerleader, planner. But it is easy to say what Corona del Mar High has done under his tenure.
The school has been named a California Distinguished School and was recognized nationally as a Blue Ribbon winner. Martin not only helped teachers negotiate new state tests, but the
school consistently has scored at the top of the statewide Academic Performance Index, even when compared with schools with similar demographics.
And, proving that there’s more to life than just books and essays, the school’s sports teams have repeatedly triumphed -- whether it be boys’
volleyball, girls’ basketball, boys’ water polo, girls’ tennis, boys’ basketball or girls’ cross-country.
Fortunately for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Martin is not going far.
By mutual agreement, he will pick up a temporary position in the administrative office. He’ll offer his experience to help the district align the high school curriculum with new state standards and prepare
staff and students for new high school exit exams.
Although the job is temporary, Martin says he plans to work hard to make the position indispensable. There is little doubt he will, much as he has made Corona del Mar High one of the jewels and selling points of
At a time when good principals are at a premium and there is a shortage of them across the country, Martin has proven his worth.
Good job, Principal Martin. And good luck in the administrative halls.
Don reflects on his career: