Education · Fresno

San Joaquin Memorial taps alum Goston as interim principal

Fresno’s San Joaquin Memorial High School named its first-ever principal on Tuesday, and it didn’t have to look to far to find him.

The Catholic private school, which operated on a “Head of School” model of administering the campus, announced Anthony Goston will serve as the high school’s interim principal.

Goston, a 1994 alum of the school and previously the Assistant Head of School for Student Affairs, has had a number of roles on campus dating back to 1998.

He is also the school’s head football coach.

“I’m very passionate about this place,” Goston said in a statement. “I have a great sense of pride in what we do and what we represent as a school to our community and I’m thankful and honored by the opportunity to continue to give back.”

Goston’s appointment comes after a three-month search for a Principal. The school said that the search, conducted by the board of directors, failed to yield a long-term option.

His first day in the new role is July 1, with an eye toward restoring post-COVID normalcy back to campus.

“My goal is to bring some clarity to our administrative structure and make sure everything we do is student-centered,” he said. “And especially post-COVID, I want to bring some normalcy back to campus.” 

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at