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A dedicated Sonoma County gentleman

  • Louis Ganzler

By: Irene Hilsendager
January 3, 2020

Louis Ganzler was born in San Francisco but at the age of one the Ganzlers moved to Santa Rosa. The elder Ganzler being from New York was interested in northern Ca. and fell in love with the Santa Rosa area where Louis attended the Santa Rosa Rincon Valley Schools and also Montgomery High School.

After his high school graduation, Louis attended the University of Irvine and received his bachelor’s degree. He also attended Claremont College to obtain a master’s degree.

Louis’ first stint at being an instructor was at Duarte High School, a small town in southern Ca. 

After Duarte, he returned to Sonoma County and was hired at Windsor High School and stayed for twelve years. In the middle of those years at Windsor, he tried snow country in Madison, Wisconsin and earned his Ph.D at the University of Madison.

Upon returning to Windsor, he taught for a few more years and went into administration at Technology Middle School for one year.

Louis is married and has two sons, one in high school and the other in fifth grade.

Ganzler briefly volunteered at the Human Rights Commission for Sonoma County. He said, “It was a very demanding job, always having to be present and not receive full support.”

Louis said he chose to be a teacher as he had two very well-educated adults as role models. Mom was a teacher and dad was the head psychologist at the North Bay Region Center and devoted their lives to public service. Ganzler talked about his grandfather growing up in the orphanage and didn’t receive the education that was due him. He feels the right school system can lift kids out of the “system.”

Louis feels the administrators’ job is to educate in careers, citizenship and schools should have the right to sustain democracy.

The Rancho Cotate High School administrative system builds careers and the school has nine leaders that teach fashion design, film making, wood shop and much more.

The new TAG building has given the Ranch campus a real boost and both students and administrators are very proud and aware what this community has done for them.

Ganzler said an interesting fact is that H. Sarlatte, M. Quinn and himself are all products of former teachers at the Ranch.

Louis has been at the high school as an administrator for four years with the previous two years as principal of the Rancho Cotate High School.