Laguna Blanca School Welcomes Rob Hereford as New Head of School

Posted on Nov 20 by SEASONS Magazine


Rob Hereford, courtesy Laguna Blanca

Rob Hereford, courtesy Laguna Blanca

Laguna Blanca School has a new Head of School, Rob Hereford. Hereford brings more than 20 years of experience in education to the Montecito and Santa Barbara campuses.

“Rob is a genuine school leader who believes in a collaborative leadership model,” says Chair of the Board Tom Pickett. “We are confident he will lead Laguna Blanca into a successful future.”

Hereford comes to Laguna Blanca from Forth Worth Country Day School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he held the position of Upper School Division Head for eight years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University and his Master’s Degree in History from the University of Georgia. Hereford began his teaching career at Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas, where he taught history, coached basketball, and served as the History Department Chair and Associate Academic Dean. In 2001, Hereford furthered his education and earned his Master’s Degree in Private School Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also served as the Upper School Principal at Metairie Park Country Day School in Metairie, Louisiana. During his tenure, he helped run New Orleans West office, which helped find schools for students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

“My personal philosophy is that relationships are the foundation for success in every child’s education. I don’t just want to recognize my students—I want to know to every single one of them, and their parents and teachers,” says Hereford. “I am excited to be part of the Laguna family—to truly live Laguna everyday, and make it an amazing experience for the entire school community.”

Hereford and his wife, Amanda who is also an educator, have three sons, 19-year-old Scott, 6-year-old John, and 4-year-old Joseph. For more information call 805/687-2461, or visit


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