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Principal's Message

Greetings Crenshaw Cougars! I want to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year!  My name is Peter Benefiel. I am excited and enthusiastic to be the proud Principal of Crenshaw High School STEMM Magnet. I can’t wait to start a new school year with our returning students and families, and welcome all of incoming new Crenshaw Cougars. If you are a prospective parent, I would love to meet you during one of our school tours or articulation events at local middle schools this year


While we are a STEMM Magnet school, we offer multiple pathways for our students to excel in. All pathways are founded in the 21st century skills of collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity. These are the skills that young adults will need to be successful in college, careers, and the world.


Our three primary pathways are Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), Business and Entrepreneurship and Technology (BET), and Sports Medicine (STEMM). Whether your child is interested in dance, computer science, graphic design, owning a business, working in a bank, or getting hands on experience providing sports therapy to athletes in our nationally renowned sports programs, there is something for everyone at Crenshaw.


As Principal, my first commitment to you is to ensure a safe and nurturing school environment where your child will thrive, learn, and feel part of a larger community. I also am committed to ensuring we are providing a world class education to your child in all facets. This is accomplished through the work of our fabulous staff, providing multiple layers of support for our students, and excellent first instruction in the classroom.


Crenshaw students have opportunities to take multiple field trips throughout the year, visit colleges, earn scholarships, gain entrance to the best universities in the country, take college classes on campus, earn technical education certificates, participate in sports, and much more. I encourage you to explore the website to find out more or sign up to take a tour this year if you are a prospective family.


Parents are our partners in all that we do and I look forward to working with each and every one of you to ensure your child’s success!



P. Benefiel

P. Benefiel