Huntington Beach Union High School District names Dr. Carolee Ogata as new superintendent

Dr. Carolee Ogata

The Huntington Beach Union High School District has wrapped up its search for a new superintendent, with a familiar face set to take the reins.

Dr. Carolee Ogata, who has served as that district’s deputy superintendent of human resources since 2012, is expected to be formally approved at the Board of Education’s May 14 meeting. She will succeed Dr. Clint Harwick, who is retiring in August after seven years as superintendent.

“I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to continue the legacy of excellence within the Huntington Beach Union High School District,” Ogata said. 

“HBUHSD boasts an exceptional community of dedicated staff and high-achieving students,” she added. “I have had the privilege of watching them grow and succeed over the last 12 years, and I am eager to collaborate with them to further enhance our academic, athletic and extracurricular offerings.”

Ogata has more than 32 years of experience in education, serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of instruction and director of personnel. As deputy superintendent, she’s credited with helping to shape the current culture of HBUHSD alongside Harwick. 

According to an HBUHSD news release, Ogata has been instrumental in the expansion and enhancement of key educational initiatives, including career education pathways and STEAM programs. Other projects such as the Giving Farm, wellness spaces for students and staff, Unified Sports and Arts, and girls’ sports have also flourished.

“Additionally, Dr. Ogata’s compassionate nature and steadfast leadership fosters a positive work environment where HBUHSD staff are supported and encouraged to explore their passions and seek opportunities for professional growth,” the news release said.

Ogata has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and speech from Cal State Long Beach and also holds a master’s degree in education administration from National University.

In addition to earning Teacher of the Year honors, she was named Administrator of the Year for Human Resources in 2021 by Region 17 of the Association of California School Administrators.

“The Huntington Beach Union High School District eagerly anticipates Dr. Ogata’s continued leadership at the next level,” the district said, “and looks forward to furthering its tradition of academic excellence, innovative programs and unwavering commitment to student success under her guidance.”