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A letter from Principal Aaron Kombol


Dear Golden Eagle Community:

It is with very mixed feelings that I write this.  At the end of the school year, I will be stepping down as Principal of Ferndale High School.

I have accepted the position of Principal at Dhahran High School in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  Ferndale School District has been very generous to grant me a two-year leave of absence and I plan on rejoining the district in another administrative position when I return. The position of Principal of Ferndale High School is one of the premier jobs in the State of Washington and an outstanding opportunity for any administrator. I know our district leaders are planning to ask for your input and assistance in selecting the next leader of FHS.

I will forever be a “Golden Eagle” and treasure my memories of Ferndale High School serving as both Assistant Principal and now Principal.  I’m very proud of what the staff, students and I have accomplished at Ferndale High over the past 4 years of my principalship. Our graduation rate is increasing. Our college credit opportunities for students have increased and the number of student suspensions has decreased. I believe we have also increased our school’s sense of community or “Mojo” as I like to call it.  It is my sincere hope that I leave FHS in a better place than it was when I arrived.

I want to thank the great teachers and staff that work daily at Ferndale High. They are a professional, dedicated and special group of people.  They have openly accepted my vision for FHS and have worked very hard to implement it. I’d also like to thank my extended admin team: Marge, Julia, David, John Y, Cathy, Aurora, Aimee, John C, Julie, Tim, Kay, Beth, Lance, Don, Jeff, Eric, Melissa, Trish, Char, Lorna, Caren, Brandy, Hector, Sandy, Cristina, Donny, Vic and Brud.  I know I didn’t say it enough but thank you for all that you have done to support me. I couldn’t have done it without each of you. You are special people in my life and in the lives of our Golden Eagles.

To our parents and community members, please continue to show your support for our Golden Eagles in the classroom and in our many, many student events and activities.  I know our students love to have the stands, bleachers, or auditorium filled with parents and community members to show off their talents.  I also hope soon there is agreement to make sure the students at Ferndale High go to school in a 1st class facility. They not only deserve it but also need it in this day of global competitiveness.

Last but certainly not least, I want to thank the students of Ferndale High School. I have learned so much from you and I am so proud of you.  Together we have been through some good times; donuts in Eagle Time, Homecoming, assemblies, games, and hour-long lunches.  But we have also been through difficult times such as a police lockdown/evacuation, walking between classes during rainstorms, and the moving target of State testing for Graduation.  Through all them you have always risen to the occasion and shown that Golden Eagles are a class actThank you for putting up with my awkward dancing in assemblies, saying “Mojo” far too often, and my need to put our eagle logo everywhere on campus. I wish each of you nothing but the best in your future. You are going to do great things in this world.

Remember “Once a Golden Eagle, Always a Golden Eagle”.

Thank you for your support over the past four years and keep the “Ferndale Mojo” alive.

Aaron Kombol

Welcome to Ferndale High School!


Ferndale High School is continuing to look for ways to communicate more effectively with our audiences and community members.  We are now happy to offer two (2) new forms of communication that will send direct FHS communications directly to your computer or mobile device.

Ferndale High School is using the social media tool, Twitter, to better communicate to our parents, students and community members. To follow Ferndale High School on Twitter, please go to www.twitter.com and follow FHS at @ferndalehs

Another school communication tool that Ferndale High School is also using is called RemindRemind is a simple and safe way for you to stay informed and up-to-date with what’s happening at Ferndale High such as college visits, reminders and other FHS events.  By joining Remind, you will receive messages via text or email. Your information is never shared.

To join Remind

On your phone

1. Type this number into the address:  (206) 462-4471

2.  In the message portion type this message:  @ferndaleh

3. You will receive a message asking you to type in your name and then you will be a subscriber for FHS updates and reminders.


On your computing device

1. Go to www.remind.com/join/ferndaleh

2. Click the email icon and type in your email address


For more information about Remind, please go to www.remind.com

Catch the Ferndale Mojo!

Aaron Kombol