New Burbank High principal details goals

June 17, 2011|By Megan O'Neil;
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In 2003, newly named Burbank High School Principal Bruce Osgood hired an assistant principal by the name of Hani Youssef. Eight years later, that same assistant principal is poised to take over for his boss and mentor, who announced his departure in March.

Born in Egypt and raised in Los Angeles, the 39-year-old Youssef earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal State Northridge in 1995, and his master’s degree and administrative credential from Mount St. Mary’s College in 2000. He taught English at the middle school and high school levels, and served as an administrator in the Los Angeles Unified and the Conejo Unified school districts before landing at Burbank Unified in 2003.

The Burbank Leader sat down with Youssef, who formally takes over as principal on July 1, to discuss his predecessor’s legacy, and his own plans for the school.

Megan O’Neil: What originally drew you to Burbank Unified?

Hani Youssef: Burbank obviously is known for its education. When [my family] was first looking for a home, we wanted to live in Burbank specifically to send our kids to the Burbank schools. When that didn’t happen, I still had my eyes on the school system for how small it is, how successful it is. I was very interested in the demographics as well; the majority of it wasn’t one demographic at all — it seemed to be a lot more mixed. That really drew my attention.


Q: What is Burbank High School doing right?

A: We all have the best interest of kids at heart is how I sincerely feel. The strongest point of what our faculty does is they look at ways to get better. There are always talking about how to be better today than they were yesterday, and how to be better tomorrow than they were today. It literally is, ‘How can we get better? How can we improve student learning?’ They are genuinely committed to finding ways to improve student learning and student achievement.

Q: What can Burbank High School improve on?

A: I would love for us to do more in terms of collaboration. How do people get better? They get better by working together …That is how you actually get better, by actually getting together and working and developing with one another. We have to create that kind of time for them.

Q: Your predecessor, Bruce Osgood, was a highly visible, popular figure within the school community. Any concerns about filling his shoes?

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