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Richard Hernandez poses by the 500 wing building at La Quinta High. He retired in May 2020.

Q&A with Mr. Richard Hernandez

Mr. Hernandez served at La Quinta High for 16 years as a proud Blackhawk, and hopes to be remembered a good person

Question: What was your position at La Quinta High School, and how many years did you work here? 

Richard Hernandez: I was a custodian from September 2005 to 2021. I started working at La Quinta High and Amelia Earhart Elementary, and about a year later, I became a full-time LQHS custodian for 16 years. 

Q: What was your biggest takeaway from working at La Quinta High?

RH: Working nights, I couldn’t meet students like you Zoey, but got to meet Sammantha and Diego, and staff, like your teacher, Jennifer Cortez, Paula Alcantar, and Lauren Cruz.

Q: How would you describe your experience at the school?

RH: GREAT! I loved to go to WORK there. 

Q: What are some of the best moments you’ve had at the school? 

RH: Getting to know the athletic director, Mr. Juan Ruiz, staff, and my custodian co-workers, sub custodians, and can call some FRIENDS! Also, seeing the football and softball players having fun playing their games!

Q: What is the most exciting thing you achieved here at La Quinta High?

RH: Trying to stay at LQHS until I retired and doing my best that I could everyday and having pride in myself and the school. LQHS BLACKHAWKS!!!

Q: What’s next for you? 

RH: Relax, help my wife take care of my son and our teenage girls, see my granddaughter, Mya B., graduate from the University of California, Riverside in June 2021 and my granddaughter, Angelina B., from Cal Poly Pomona in 2023. To enjoy life, one day at a time.

Q: Anything else you would like to add? 

RH: Hopefully I am remembered as a good person and worker. Lastly, I would like to apologize for my sudden departure and not saying bye to my friends and staff.  Thank you, Zoey Batres, for your time! 🙏🏽 TAKE CARE AND BE SAFE! 

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