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News From the Students, For the Students

The Griffin Gazette

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Los Al gets a new vice principal: Mr. Hyepock becomes a Griffin

How and why Blake Hyepock has joined Los Al’s staff
Mr. Hyepock posing with a smile inside his room in the Activiities Office.
Sydney Forsyte
Mr. Hyepock posing with a smile inside his room in the Activiities Office.

LOS ALAMITOS, CA — Tucked away in the back corner of Los Alamitos High School’s campus, Blake Hyepock sits in his office diligently typing on his computer as he works to oversee the new gym’s construction, one of several construction projects he will be working on as the school slowly renovates. While the school’s many remodels might seem like a daunting task, especially to an administrator so new to the school, Mr. Hyepock has been training for this his whole career. 

Mr. Hyepock was recently appointed to the position of Vice Principal of Arts, Facilities, Athletics and Activities at Los Al. Mr. Hyepock has spent a great deal of time in various administrative positions, including roles as a teacher and Assistant Athletic Director at Orange Lutheran High School and teacher, department chair, and athletic director at La Sierra High School. Overall, he has spent approximately seven years as a teacher.

Even before joining the professional world, he focused on education by getting his Master’s at Concordia University in coaching and athletic administration and later a single-subject teaching credential from Vanguard University. To add to his list of accomplishments, he also completed the Association of California School Administrators’ program for administrative credentials. As a finance major in college, Mr. Hyepock hopes to apply his experience in managing budgets and handling money in his new role at Los Al. 

The coveted position received between ten and 20 applicants who were all subjected to various rounds of questioning and written evaluations to weed out applicants. Much of the interview process, Principal Kraus shared, was to see if applicants could focus under pressure and how they would respond to certain hypothetical scenarios. 

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“Mr. Hyepock went through that rigorous process process and rose up to the top of that group that applied in,” Principal Kraus said. “He has a strong background in athletics [and the arts], so I think it’s a good fit for our campus.”

As an Orange County native, Mr. Hyepock was already familiar with Los Al’s reputation, prompting him to take on the role. One of the things he was looking forward to most was working at a school that was so high achieving and had such excellent performing arts, visual arts, and athletics programs. 

“Everyone [from this area] knows Los Al and how high achieving the school is in all aspects. So again, when I saw the opportunity I couldn’t pass it up,” Mr. Hyepock said.

The only part of his new role that Mr. Hyepock feels hesitant about is his more limited ability to interact with students.

It has been so painful. Not being in the classroom in any capacity is definitely a big change, but definitely the direction I was trying to go professionally. It’s fortunately worked out much quicker than I was expecting, so [I] can’t complain,” Mr. Hyepock said.

Despite Los Al only being two weeks into the school year, Mr. Hyepock reports already feeling very welcome on campus. From students to administrators, he describes everyone as acting very kind in a way that makes him proud to be a Griffin.

“I think he’s been doing a really good job here early on. It’s been great. I think we have a really good team here,” Principal Kraus said.

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Sydney Forsyte, Editor | Reporter
Sydney Forsyte is a junior at Los Alamitos High School. This is her second year in Journalism, and, last summer, she participated in the New York Times Summer Institute. This year, she wants to focus on her role as an editor more in order to shape other people’s voices. Sydney enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and baking. She is also a part of a few clubs, including MUN, the Teens for Climate Club, and Emerging Leaders Club. Her favorite subject is English, and she hopes to write more reviews and profiles this year.   
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Isabella Gasper is a junior at Los Alamitos High School. This is her second year taking Journalism, and she's excited to continue writing and learning about new subjects. Isabella likes listening to Arctic Monkeys and Indie Pop. During her free time, she likes reading, painting, and watching movies such as “Mamma Mia” and “The Notebook.” You can contact Isabella at [email protected].
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    Jasmine LeeSep 6, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    Very well written article about the new vice principla! Informative and interesting 🙂