There is a common misconception amongst people and students from other schools, that Hesperia High school is an appalling school, known for various fights, multiple expulsions, and skyrocketing suspensions. From fights to bringing a weapon to school, Hesperia is said to have most of the discipline issues in the district, but a comparison of the numbers of expulsions and suspensions between Hesperia, Sultana, and Oak Hills argues otherwise.


"Last year at this point, Mr. Kaufer and I only had 20 to 25 expulsions and this year we had less than 10," said Vice Principal Michael Everett.


According to Everett, Hesperia High School has the lowest discipline rates in the district over the past couple of years and Hesperia's discipline rates have declined.


In comparison, Sultana and Oak Hills both had 15 to 20 expulsions, and Hesperia had lower rates for disciplinary issues for less-serious matters as well.


Fighting, referrals, and drug busts were among the most common infractions students have been disciplined for. Most incidents did not occur on school grounds.


"From campus aides, teachers, secretaries, and administration, everybody is on a safe page and trying to be proactive with the students, trying to resolve issues before they become bigger issues," said Everett.


Students are staying out of trouble to avoid consequences such an in-class suspension, in-home suspension, expulsions, or to avoid receiving a fine or a court appearance from the school police, he said.


"Having the school police on campus more often is a huge deterrent [because] the punishments are getting more and more severe for students who are getting into problems," said Everett. "I originally thought that HHS was a tougher school, but I've seen that it is far from true. We face similar issues as the other schools but our students have proven they are the best in the district."