College, military, work: McFarland High School students announce their post-graduation plans


McFarland High School — which boasts the highest graduation rate in Kern County — had students signing off Friday on their next steps in life.

Friday was College Signing Day at the high school. Graduating seniors are called out to put their names in the high school’s books to show where they’re going next.

One student, Josiah Diaz, said he’s off to Bakersfield College next, hoping to become a doctor.

“I want to become a doctor, I want to help people out, so going to B.C. And then going to UCLA, that’s going to get me where I want to be,” he said.

Assistant principal Justin Derrick says McFarland High School has been doing this for three years, while maintaining the country’s top graduation rate.

He says most students are heading to universities, colleges and trade schools, while others are heading to the military or into the workforce.

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