TPHS Principal David Jaffe selected as finalist for Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent


Following an extensive nationwide search, the Rancho Santa Fe School District Governing Board and Superintendent Lindy Delaney recently announced the selection of David Jaffe as the finalist for the position of Superintendent. Pending contract negotiations, ratification of Jaffe’s employment contract is tentatively scheduled to take place at the regular board meeting on July 14, 2016.

Jaffe is currently serving as the Principal of Torrey Pines High School with the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD). Jaffe has over 20 years of experience in education.

Jaffe has been a teacher and administrator, holding many positions in the SDUHSD. Some of those positions include Assistant Principal at Diegueno Middle School and La Costa Canyon High School, the founding principal of Canyon Crest Academy, and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Previously, Jaffe also served as Principal at Chabad Hebrew Academy.

Jaffe holds a master’s degree in education administration from California State University, San Marcos. He obtained his teaching credential from University of

San Diego and his bachelor of arts degree from University of California, Los Angles.

The Rancho Santa Fe School District Governing Board is looking forward to a successful transition of leadership between Delaney and Jaffe. The board extended Delaney’s contract through July 31, 2016 and is finalizing a formal transition plan.

From the San Dieguito Union High School District:

A portion of the communication Principal Jaffe sent to the Torrey Pines High School community earlier today:

Dear Torrey Pines Families,

It has been my honor to serve as your principal for the past three years. The student body at TPHS is comprised of some of the most talented, driven, and compassionate students in the country. The community support is unparalleled making TPHS a nationally recognized flagship school for 42 years. I have made the exceptionally difficult decision to leave this outstanding school and district to accept the role of Superintendent for Rancho Santa Fe School District.

Torrey Pines has been my home the past three years and this school district for 21 years. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by exceptionally talented and dedicated educators, an incredibly supportive parent community, and most importantly, a vibrant student population. Their academic, creative, and athletic accomplishments over my three years have been astounding.

Thank you for the honor of serving as your principal. It truly has been my pleasure.

With much appreciation and gratitude,

David Jaffe

In the coming days, SDUHSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt will work with SDUHSD Board President Beth Hergesheimer to develop a plan to replace Jaffe as the principal of Torrey Pines High School.