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Dear Houghton Lake Students, Staff and Families,                                                                                                        


My name is John Winkler and as the new principal of Houghton Lake High School, I welcome you to the start of the school year! I am eagerly anticipating a successful and rewarding year, and I look forward to working with the dedicated staff, parents and community to provide an exceptional educational experience for our students.

Our commitment at Houghton Lake High School is to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century.

Empowerment of students for their total development through education is our cherished goal. Today education means much more than merely acquiring knowledge. It is acquisition of knowledge and skills, building character and improving employability of our young talent, the future leadership.


We are a 'Learning Community' which encourages staff, students, and parents to involve themselves fully in all aspects of school life and to identify themselves with our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Cooperation and Achievement. 

Our vision of education extends far beyond the classroom. We encourage our students to involve themselves in our broad co-curricular programs. Learning here takes place in many shapes and forms. Students have the opportunity to participate fully on the sporting field, on the stage, in leadership activities, Vocational Education and Training courses. Our school’s academic performance continues to rise. The academic successes of our students with the support of our teachers and parents have put the school on a path toward greatness culminating with making the U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Schools in America.

We strive to provide the best educational experience possible. Our teachers will teach to the best of their ability every day; guiding your student on a path that will give him/her the skills necessary for a productive future in college or career after high school. The curriculum will be rigorous and the standards will remain high. We cannot afford to lower the bar. I look forward to working with all of you and pushing you to all academic heights.  On behalf of the staff of Houghton Lake High School, I want to again welcome all of you and thank you for being a part of our school community where SUCCESS IS NOT AN OPTION…..BUT AN EXPECTATION.  We are truly on the path to GREATNESS.

You can follow the happenings from HLHS by liking the Houghton Lake High School Facebook page and by following our twitter feed #HLHSGreatThings. If you have any questions about Houghton Lake High School or are interested in becoming a Bobcat, please contact me at 989-366-2005 or email at winklerj@hlcsk12.net

Of course, this website cannot take the place of visiting our School; I warmly welcome you to visit our School by contacting us, and discover firsthand what makes a Houghton Lake High School education so special.

Go Bobcats!                                 

John Winkler,  Principal