Photo of King High Principal Cristina Buss

Dear King High School Family,

Welcome to our new website! My first year as Principal of King High is drawing to a close, and I'm very proud of all the work we have done.  I have learned a great deal this year, and continue to be very thankful to this community to supporting me and all of King during this transition. I feel privileged to lead such a special school, and want to share a little bit about myself and my on-going vision for King.

I was raised in the foothills of Amador County, but have lived in Davis for over half of my life. Before teaching I worked as a Wildlife Biologist until returning to UC Davis to earn my credential and a Masters of Education in 2010. Prior to working in the DJUSD, I taught science and academic intervention courses in West Sacramento for seven years, where I also founded programs to serve Foster and Homeless youth. I began at King as the Science and Careers teacher in 2016, and fell in love with the students and community instantly!

One of the things I value most about King is the connectedness of our King family. Previous leadership, staff, students, and parents
did incredible work to cultivate and nurture our community. I plan to continue following this example of leading with kindness, flexibility, compassion, and our shared belief that each student is capable of greatness. King is unique: we have diverse and fascinating students, a committed and highly skilled staff, and resources to provide small class sizes, a variety of credit-earning opportunities, and socioemotional and academic support individualized to every student. As Principal, I am committed to our unique school spirit and continuing to improve our program toward the relevant and future-focused education our students deserve.

Our students are successful when they are “Present, Positive, and Productive,” and our staff is committed to providing the support necessary to help your student exhibit the “3 P’s.” Families are an important part of the team and we value your partnership. Do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions at any time. 


Cristina Buss
Principal, King High School