John Nazar
Andrew Boysen
Assistant Principal
Deanna Tower
Assistant Principal


JOHN NAZARMr. Nazar is in his seventh year as Principal of Half Moon Bay High School. Serving as a high school social studies teacher for 17 years including six years at Half Moon Bay High  (1995 - 2001), nine years as Cunha assistant principal, and five as principal in San Carlos, he has brought a wealth of educational experience and leadership to the school. Mr. Nazar grew up in San Francisco, graduating from Lowell High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and a minor in Communications from California State University, Chico, and his master's degree in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University. He has attended the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Principals Academy at UCLA and is consistently studying the latest research for best practices. He is a sitting member of the California Interscholastic Federation (the body that oversees all HS athletics in the State) Federated Council. He is also the San Mateo/San Francisco region Secondary Council Representative to ACSA.
During his teaching tenure, among many things, he was a department chairperson, modeled lessons for the County Office of Education professional development program, was a class advisor, coached numerous athletic teams, served as a master teacher for many student teachers, and proudly was awarded the HMBHS yearbook dedication from the class of 2000. As principal of Tierra Linda Middle School in San Carlos, his school was recognized as a 2013 California Distinguished School. He also worked closely with district leaders to develop a new comprehensive district strategic plan. Mr. Nazar is a resident of Half Moon Bay, where his two children attended Cabrillo Unified School District schools and are graduates of Half Moon Bay High School. He enjoys golfing, fishing, reading American history, and walking on the Coast Trail. He believes a collaborative school environment, working with teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members is essential for creating an enriching educational experience.



Andy BoysenAndrew Boysen is a long-time English teacher at HMBHS who recently accepted the position as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. He has worked with Principal Nazar and Assistant Principal Tower since he began teaching at HMBHS in 1999. Mr. Boysen taught English and ELD primarily to Senior and Junior students, but has taught many other language arts course over the years. He has served as English Department Head, WASC Self-Study Coordinator, Common Core Specialist, and with other pupil-services related committees. His vision is to give students a safe, equitable, and comprehensive education. He strives to promote democratic values and a growth mindset to students in an environment where continuous improvement is brought about by the teamwork of all stakeholders.

He was born and raised in the Harbor Area of Los Angeles before graduating from CSU Chico and Humboldt State University. He has taught at an IB school in Ecuador and Butte Community College. He likes to spend time with his family traveling, doing outdoor sports, gardening, going to the theatre, and cooking. He has truly enjoyed working for the Coastside and sees his identity firmly linked to its community.



Our administrative team is made up of former HMBHS teachers and colleagues. A long-time teacher at Half Moon Bay High School, Deanna Tower then stepped into the role of Assistant Principal of Pupil Services.  

Over the years, Deanna taught Math, English, and Leadership. She was also involved in the Site Leadership Team and WASC, both as a Visiting Team Member and Chair and as a Lead for the HMBHS Visits. She coached softball, volleyball, and basketball for many years. Sports are one of her lifelines, whether playing or watching. As a coach, she loved sharing inspirational quotes with her players and analyzing the mental part of the game. One of her favorite quotes:
     “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
                                  ― Rudyard Kipling, 
The Jungle Book

Born and raised on the coast, Ms. Tower is a proud alumna of the Cabrillo Unified School District. In addition to her love for education is her love for the Coastside. The black and orange roots run deep! Above all is her love for her family, both at home and at school. "What is so special about Half Moon Bay High School is that we are a family here as well. Our students and staff exude a tremendous amount of school pride and unity! There's nothing like it! GO COUGARS!"

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