Richard Capello

  • PLA Distingushed School

Letter from the Principal

  •  PLA Parents and Students,

     If you haven't already heard, I am retiring on JUne 10, 2020. Mr. Joseph Martinez has been named the new Principal at PLA beginning in the 2020-2021 school-year. Mr. Martinez brings many years of administrative experience with him, and he is more than capable of moving PLA forward. Our stakeholders will be in good hands.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has made my last year bittersweet. I wish I had the opportunity to join the Class of 2020 in celebrating prom, senior sunset, and graduation. I hope the virtual graduation is as meaningful to you as it is to me. My hope is that this threat will pass, and it will be safe for our students to return to PLA on August 3 to begin a new year in a post-pandemic world.

    I have been working since I took a job at McDonalds in Hawaii at age 15. I have had the opportunity to travel the world during my 28 years with the US Air Force, Air Force Reserves, and Department of Defense, and I recall some amazing experiences. However, the 16 years teaching students and leading an awesome high school such as PLA has been the best job I've ever had. I thank all of the teachers, staff, students, and parents who made my time at PLA memorable and meaningful. I leave with all of you in my heart.

    I look forward to returning to PLA and being part of the continued academic growth and successes in some capacity. I am so proud to have been part of the best high school in Stockton, and, I would argue, the best high school anywhere!


    Aloha and God Bless.


    R Capello


    Pacific Law Academy