Dozier-Libbey graduates unique class, first under Principal Bergerhouse

Dozier-Libbey Principal Scott Bergerhouse speaks to the 2015 graduating class. photo by Luke Johnson

Dozier-Libbey Principal Scott Bergerhouse speaks to the 2015 graduating class. photo by Luke Johnson

By Luke Johnson

One hundred thirty-four graduates of the Class of 2015 walked into Deer Valley High School’s amphitheater, Friday evening, for the fourth annual commencement ceremony of Dozier-Libbey Medical High School, the first under Principal Scott Bergerhouse.

Bergerhouse has been employed by the Antioch Unified School District for 31 years and has been an administrator on various campuses over the past two decades. He replaced Dozier-Libbey’s inaugural principal, Nancy Castro, in April, 2014, following a failed attempt by teachers to convert the school into a public charter school.

Everywhere I’ve been, it has been about building positive relationships,” Bergerhouse said. “I wanted to make sure everyone understood that we’re here for the sake of kids, and we are all very passionate about kids and kids’ success.”

Dozier-Libbey is one of the most praised educational institutions in the country for its 70 percent Advance Placement Test participation with a student body minority enrollment of 77 percent. U.S. News and World Report magazine ranked Dozier-Libbey in the Top 700 schools throughout the nation.

Dozier-Libbey’s 2015 graduating class is unique, in that when the students started as freshmen in 2011, it was the first time the school had a full student body (grades 9-12). When the school was founded in 2008, it only consisted of freshmen.

Dozier-Libbey Class of 2015 graduates with their decorated caps. photo by Luke Johnson

Dozier-Libbey Class of 2015 graduates with their decorated caps. photo by Luke Johnson

Graduates have a tradition of decorating their caps, and it has grown every year. On Friday, well over half of them styled their caps, many with glitter and rhinestones and with the logo of the college they plan to attend.

Being able to decorate our caps makes the ceremony more sentimental,” Riley Cleary said, who is a Certificate of Excellence recipient and an All-League baseball player. “I talked to a couple of Deer Valley students and asked them how they decorated their caps, and they replied with, ‘We couldn’t. Our graduation was formal,’ and they sounded kind of jealous because it is a good way to express oneself and can add a unique appearance.”

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