Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Don Austin
Rita Moyers, Executive Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent Don Austin is a lifelong educator who has dedicated his entire career to ensuring all students possess the skills and knowledge they need to lead successful lives. He began serving the 11,700-student school system Aug. 11, 2014.
A California native, Dr. Austin grew up south of San Diego in Chula Vista. He developed a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the importance of teamwork during his years as a football player and team captain at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.
Early in his teaching career, Dr. Austin quickly emerged as a natural leader. At age 30, he was chosen to be the principal of La Sierra High School in Riverside, California, where nine of his former staff members eventually became principals. During his six-year tenure at the 3,000-student school, Advanced Placement course enrollment grew by more than 300 percent. In addition, La Sierra High School’s Academic Performance Index score (California’s former school ranking system) increased by 125 points.
As principal of Laguna Beach High School, Dr. Austin and his staff earned National Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished School recognitions. Laguna Beach High School also was one of only two Orange County school districts to make the Advanced Placement District Honor Roll.