Mike Smith is the assistant principal at Mojave High School. He will retire at the end of this year.


I've known Mike Smith for 28 years. When I was asked to be the drill team advisor for Hesperia Junior High School, a wonderful friendship formed. I can remember when he was my son Shane's P.E. teacher. Five years later I was volunteering at the school.


Mike graduated from St. Frances High School in La Canada. He attended Arizona State University and was on the baseball team but an injury caused him to transfer to Cal State Los Angeles. He received his B.A. and M.A.


On Jan. 2, 1979 he started teaching at Hesperia Junior High School. He was promoted to vice principal then moved on to Hesperia High School as Activities Director for two years and vice principal for two years. He was principal at Ranchero Middle School from 1990 to 2000, then principal at Sultana High School from 2000 to 2005. The last six years he has been at Mojave High.


Now Mike is retiring and going on to bigger and better adventures.


I talked to many acquaintances and friends of Mike and we all agree don't let your head get too big, Mike on one thing: you are irreplaceable! We love you and you will be missed so much. The best to you in your retirement!



Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: My mom for her unconditional love and support; my wife, Sandy, for keeping me focused on what is really important in life; and my kids, Michael and Jayme, for keeping me accountable to all that is important.



Q: What is the best thing about your job?


A: People. Young adults working to be someone, and adults who love kids and want to make a difference for them.



Q: What three people, living or from history, would you like to have at a dinner party and why?


A: Jesus Christ I have so many questions. My dad he died before I got to know him as an adult. Gandhi his insight and reasons why he believed the way he did would be interesting to hear.



Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.


A: Nothing really specific other than having made people's lives a little better because I was a part of them.



Q: What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or personal, to date?


A: Building a marriage that has grown for 36 years, raising two beautiful children and seeing two incredible grandchildren grow and flourish.



Q: What makes you tick?


A: Commitment taking responsibility and being accountable to myself, my family and my career.



Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: The Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." Also, "No act of kindness goes


unpunished."



Q: What motivates you?


A: Putting myself "out there" every day to improve in some way to becoming a better person. I also thrive on making people smile.



Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?


A: Find your passion, whatever it is that drives you and then go after it!



Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?


A: Climbing Mt. Whitney by myself, up to the top and down all in one day.



Q: What book had a significant impact on you?


A: "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie.



Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?


A: Develop your passion: Let your actions speak louder than your words. Be respectful to yourself and everyone you meet, and if you haven't learned yet, find out and always use good manners.



Q: What is your earliest memory of the city?


A: Main Street had two stop signs and no traffic lights.



Q: If you could change one thing about Hesperia, what would it be?


A: Get rid of the wind!



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