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Mr. Sean Boulton

2021-2022 School Year Message

Dear Sailor Nation, 


If there is a theme as we embark on our 91st year at Newport Harbor, it’s got to be “NEW.” Many new faculty and staff. Our first new administrator at NHHS in six years. A new assistant superintendent of secondary education. And a new superintendent of schools (coming soon). After the last year and a half, simply prepping for the 2000+ teenagers who will descend upon our campus feels new all over again.


Heading into my ninth year as a Sailor, I find that the fresh faces and the new normal are invigorating and refreshing; they inspire us to strive, to reach, to stretch, and to bend the arc of history toward enlightenment, liberty, and virtue. I am proud of the strides our school has made, and I am excited to be a part of the successes, achievements, and victories that are yet to come.


Of course, I am not blind to the issues that have faced us, the problems we’ve encountered, or the difficulties before us. The Newport Harbor community has risen to meet challenge after challenge—and there have been plenty of them over the last five years. We’ve come out the other side stronger every time, we have learned from our mistakes, and we will continue to press forward even as we expect the inevitable setbacks.


I cannot promise smooth seas, but I hope that all of us here at NHHS have earned your trust. I promise you that the faculty, staff, and administration are continually striving for excellence.  I see it every day.


It is a privilege to serve the greater Newport Harbor High School community. On behalf of all of us here at NHHS, thank you for entrusting us with your children every day. Please read on for important updates, including registration dates.


Oh, by the way: The fall athletic season is just around the corner! 

Love this place.

Can’t wait to see you.

And, as always, GO SAILORS!


Can’t wait for 21-22 school year,

Sean Boulton

School Principal


Administration: Principal


Phone: (949) 515-6301



Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Locally Controlled Accountability Plan (LCAP) 
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
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Newport Harbor in 1951
Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy centers on student learning, and I am completely committed to the concept that every student can learn and that teachers become the pathway for those educational experiences. It is my belief that educational leaders are the energy behind excellent teaching through which students discover and internalize the understanding and skills they need for a productive, meaningful and satisfying life within our global society. Principals must promote teaching that challenges students to reach beyond merely knowing and understanding the course material. Students should be encouraged to analyze information, critically discuss ideas, find ways to apply their learning in real life situations, define concepts within an international frame of reference, and ultimately use their intellectual growth to create and evaluate new forms and perspectives. School should exist to spark the imagination of every student; great high schools have leaders that value all students and realize that students learn differently, and that every student is not going to college. We must provide different pathways for success so our high school students have vocational goals in addition to college goals, and reinstall value in technical jobs that require complex skills.  I believe in an inclusive educational community that embraces a wide range of diversity, and that guidance interventions can make a difference to reinforce a students' focus for success. Further, the administration of a comprehensive high school must hold students accountable for their social behavior, and set academic expectations high if our students are to become productive scholars on our high school campuses. The best high schools are magical for students and change their lives, and make them lifelong learners. I feel that my personal and professional experiences have prepared me well for the public high school principalship, and guidance from my mentors have shaped my educational philosophy. One of the greatest challenges in our multilingual, multicultural, and complex global society is preparing our youth for the future. It is my goal that Newport Harbor High School just doesn't educate our students well, but we also teach them to how to positively reshape the world in unimaginable ways. 


Sean Boulton first earned a bachelor's degree in History from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri and taught in the Springfield Unified School District for two years.

After completing his first master's degree in English Education--also from Drury--he returned to Southern California in 1998 to teach English in the Los Angeles Unified School District at Charles Maclay Middle School in Pacoima.

After a year there, it was on to teach English at Ensign Middle School.  While there, he earned his second master's degree in Administration from Cal State Fullerton.

Sean Boulton's first administration position was at Estancia High School where he served as an assistant principal.
In 2006 he moved on to Laguna Hills High School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District where he served as an assistant principal for two years.

He was subsequently named principal of Laguna Hills High, a position he held for the next 5 years.
After many wonderful years at the "Home of the Hawks" in Laguna Hills, it was back to Newport-Mesa Unified and Newport Harbor High School!

Sean is currently entering his ninth year as Principal of Newport Harbor-Dr. Boulton earned his Education Doctorate Degree from Grand Canyon University April of 2017.   Go Sailors!