School year starts with new principal at the helm


Shahveer Dhalla walks the halls on the morning of his first day as principal of AHS. Dhalla welcomed students and teachers back to school.

Olivia Williams, Editor

The landscape of Arlington High has changed a lot in recent years. The addition of a sparkling new cafeteria, a major overhaul on the front steps, even an electronic marquee have contributed to the new aesthetic. The piece de resistance of this face lift, however, comes in the form of a new principal.

Shahveer Dhalla is not a stranger to the school, in fact, he worked as an assistant principal here until three years ago. Apparently his time here made a big impression.

“I came back because I missed Arlington High School,” he said.

The new leviathan then elaborated on his admiration for the school by saying, “Arlington High School is a special place;  I want to keep the tradition, spirit and pride that is here.”

Dhalla further deliberated on the “tradition” aspect of this legacy.

“A big thing for me is that we were the first high school in Arlington. When you think of Arlington High School you think of THE Arlington High School,” he said.

Arlington High School is a special place; I want to keep the tradition, spirit and pride that is here.

— Shahveer Dhalla, AHS Principal

Dhalla believes that his two years of being principal of Gunn Junior High School will have a special advantage concerning ninth graders, and the tough but crucial metamorphosis from Gators (or Rams) into Colts.

“I have a very good understanding of where our freshman are and where they need to be and some of the gaps that they face between junior high and high school and how we can make this an easier transition for them,” he said.

Dhalla fully acknowledges the big shoes he has to fill to keep up with previous principal Jennifer Young, and his continued respect and admiration do him credit.

“There will never be a replacement for Ms. Young. So all I can do is be the best leader that I can and hope that that’s good enough for Arlington,” he said. “You’re just not going to be able to replace those, but you just have to do your best and every leader is different.”