WHS Principal Mark Castle

Dear students, parents, and community members, 

Welcome to Washougal High School, home of the Panthers! 

For those that don’t know me, I’ve been in school administration for 9 years and before that I spent 11 years as a high school mathematics teacher and wrestling coach. Before entering into education, I grew up working and helping run our family steel fabrication business, which gives me a unique appreciation for the quality CTE programs we have at WHS and the family businesses we have in our community. On a personal level, I am fortunate to be married to my best friend, who truly values the importance of education as much as I do. My wife is currently an Elementary School Associate Principal in a neighboring district and was a School Counselor before that. We have two boys in elementary school, which keeps us very busy, and we enjoy spending time together as a family, so expect to see them running around at sporting events. 

As the leader of Washougal High School I am committed to providing each and every student the best opportunity to reach their full potential and be ready for their post secondary plans. Our dedicated team of educators and support staff are here to provide a stimulating and nurturing academic environment with the commitment to ensuring that each student’s unique talents are recognized, nurtured, and celebrated. 

Washougal offers various dual credit courses, including Advanced Placement and extensive choices of Career and Technical Education programs. High-quality instruction will be driven by AVID instructional strategies, Professional Learning Communities, and Standards Based Learning, with intentional lesson design for engaging rigorous classrooms. Whether you are a student in AP, CTE, Fine Arts, or Credit Recovery classes, we have systems in place for you to be supported and prepared for your next steps.

For every student to be known, nurtured, challenged, and prepared, we will continue our school wide focus on the following: 

  • Developing a school community where every student feels safe, welcome, connected, and challenged
  • High Quality teaching and learning 
  • Student voice 

I am excited to continue this journey with the amazing Washougal High School staff, students, families, and all of the Washougal community. As your Principal, I am committed to continuous improvement and welcome feedback from students, parents, and the community. Please contact me if you have any concerns or want to know how you can be involved in the great things we have going on at Washougal High School.


Mark Castle