The new high school principal in Palm Beach County is inspired by Dr. Garcia

Oscar Otero, who will be the first principal of Dr. Joaquin Garcia High School, the first high school to open in Palm Beach County since 2005. The school, which will be west of Lake Worth, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2023.

When Oscar Otero starts his new job in the fall of 2023, he’ll be serving as the principal at Palm Beach County’s newest high school named after a friend of his.

Dr. Joaquin Garcia High School is the first new high school in the county in 17 years, named after a West Palm Beach businessman and co-founder of the Hispanic Education Alliance who passed away last year.

Otero, who sits on the Alliance’s board of directors, was inspired by Garcia’s work long before he was appointed principal of the school that would bear Garcia’s name.

“Joaquin is an individual who has forged many qualities that are signs of a healthy society: how to be a leader, how to be an advocate, how to inspire others,” he said. “It was an honor to work with him.”

Dr. Joaquin Garcia was the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Education Alliance. [PHOTO BY PHOTOSBYRAUL.COM]

The school is also the first in the county to be named after a Hispanic community leader. With a 2,600-student capacity located off Lions Road west of Lake Worth Beach, it is likely to attract students from six surrounding high schools.

It wouldn’t be the first manager position for Otero, 55, who was born in Unión de Reyes, Cuba, and moved to West Palm Beach at the age of three. He has been the principal of Conniston Middle School since 2012, which is a special job for him because he attended the school as a student from 1979 to 1981.

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