Antelope Valley School District

Principal's Message

It is my honor to serve as the Principal of Quartz Hill High School. In 1964, the first Quartz Hill High students walked onto a temporary campus, located in the old Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. From the moment the Quartz Hill community rebelled to ensure our school was located in our community to our present day, this school has represented achievement and excellence and it is clear that our graduates demonstrate the ideals and traits that were laid out at Quartz Hill High School’s foundation. The long list of distinguished alumni from QHHS that have gone on to achieve extraordinary things testifies to this fact. You will discover that your four years at QHHS will move very quickly with all that this beloved and distinguished institution has to offer. I challenge you to take advantage of the opportunities you are presented with here at QHHS; make the most of your classes and extra-curricular activities and you will find that there will be very few limits to life after high school.

Your future is what you choose to make of it; a future that begins right here by seizing the opportunities we provide for you at QHHS.

Our mission at Quartz Hill High School is to...

Engage, equip, and empower all students to be problem solvers.

 

Every class, club, activity, and sport we offer at QHHS has this core belief – to engage, equip, and empower each of you to become a critical thinker and problem solver who is poised to positively impact our community, nation, and world. At QHHS, critical thinking and problem solving combine to become our “North Star” towards which we navigate each day with the goal of supporting you in the ability to find your path. We ask you to commit to giving your best, each day, at Quartz Hill High School and you will be poised to master your future.  We commit to you the ability to access all our programs and to provide you with a service oriented school.

I am excited to lead this school and to have the opportunity to work alongside each of you and our amazing staff as we add to the great history of Quartz Hill High School. 
 
Go Rebels! 
 
Zach Mercier 
Principal

Meet Mr. Mercier:

Zach Mercier is a Southern California implant from Washington State where he attended and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Washington University.  Having accepted a teaching job in 1999 at Hughes Elizabeth Lakes Union High School district, Mr. Mercier moved to Southern California to begin his teaching career.  Enticed by what the Antelope Valley Union High School District has to offer, Mr. Mercier accepted a teaching position at Quartz Hill High School.  During his time at Quartz Hill High School, Mr. Mercier was a baseball coach during the 2006 CIF championship season.  Looking for an opportunity to broaden his experiences, Mr. Mercier accepted a position at Eastside High School and served as the Athletic Director and Varsity Baseball, Golf, and Girls Basketball coach.  In 2010, Mr. Mercier became a Vice Principal in the Antelope Valley Union High School District, serving the school sites of Littlerock and Eastside.  In 2014, Mr. Mercier returned to Quartz Hill High School in the role of Assistant Principal.  In 2018, after one year service to Palmdale High School, Mr. Mercier was appointed Principal of Quartz Hill High School where he currently serves as the school’s 17th principal.

 

Mr. Mercier’s professional experiences include 12 years as a teacher, 9 years as an administrator and two terms as a school board of education member.  Mr. Mercier received his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Washington University where he played soccer.  Mr. Mercier received his Master’s degree from Cal-State Bakersfield and is currently in the doctorate program at Brandman University.  Mr. Mercier resides in Palmdale, California with his wife, a Quartz Hill graduate, and 4 children, 3 of which attend or graduated from Quartz Hill High School.  Mr. Mercier has an open door policy where you may meet him for any reason.  If you would like to contact Mr. Mercier, email zmercier@avhsd.org