Joanne Culverhouse will replace outgoing Laguna Beach High School Principal Don Austin, according to the school district.
Austin announced Thursday that he is taking a position with a Huntington Beach school district.
Culverhouse has served as principal at Thurston Middle School and El Morro Elementary School, according to a news release. She has 30 years of educational experience as a teacher, coach and administrator. She earned an undergraduate degree and two master's degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno, and received a doctorate from UCLA.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as the principal of Laguna Beach High School," Culverhouse said in the release. "The high school has received many distinguished awards and I look forward to continuing the tradition of academic success they have experienced over the years. I also look forward to immersing myself in the athletic and visual and performing arts programs. I am very excited to join Laguna Beach High School as the new principal."