As the proud principal of Highland Park High School, it is my pleasure to welcome all students, staff, and families back for the 2022-2023 school year.  We are excited to have all of our students back in the building and in the classrooms with enthusiasm.  It is our mission that every student feels welcomed, connected, and a part of Highland Park every day. We have prepared and are ready to challenge our students to grow and achieve their goals towards their post secondary plans.  We have great teachers who have spent time getting ready for this school year and are ecstatic to learn each and every student that enters our building.  Through these relationships, we will ensure to prepare each individual student to be prepared for their next steps and be effective citizens in the community.  I am honored to serve as the principal of Highland Park as it is a privilege to work with the staff, students, guardians, and community.   Welcome back students and remember it’s GREAT to be a Scot.


Juli Watson

HPHS Principal

Ms. Watson 
Juli Watson, Principal

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Ms. Giardina
Leosha Giardina, Associate Principal

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 Clayton Schrader
Clayton Schrader, Assistant Principal

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Mr. Clayton Schrader has over a decade of experience in education, where he has worked as an elementary teacher, instructional coach, dean of students, and administrator. In addition, he has served as an education consultant for professional development for the past five years. 
Mr. Schrader attended Washburn University where he earned his bachelor's in elementary education with an emphasis in special education. He then earned his masters degree from Washburn University in building leadership. He is a Level 2 Google Certified Educator, Mandt Certified and is trained in Kagan Cooperative Learning. In addition, Mr. Schrader was a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and was awarded the International Reading Association Award for Reading and Technology.

Mr. Schrader lives with his wife, Maret, who is a school counselor, and he has three children:  Charlotte, Crosby, and Cora.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, backpacking, and traveling.

Dr. Michelle Lee, Assistant Principal


Dr. Lee has spent her 17 year educational tenure as a classroom teacher, teacher leader, and administrator.  However, Dr. Lee worked as a professional stage manager in Washington D.C. before moving back home to Kansas to pursue a career in education.

Dr. Lee earned her bachelor's degree in both theatre arts and performing arts entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa.  Her masters degree in secondary education was earned from Pittsburg State University.  K-State is where she earned her ESOL Certification.  Dr. Lee also attended Baker University and earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership.

In her free time, Dr. Lee enjoys traveling the world and blogging about her journeys.  She also loves hiking, kayaking, biking, swimming, camping, and riding roller coasters at amusement parks.  Her cats Diva and Drama misses her while she is at work, but they love how their mommie inspires numerous students to reach their greatest potential.  

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