Derek Forbes

Principal at MHS
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My name is Derek Forbes and I have been serving as the MHS Principal / CTE Director since 2015.  I am grateful to be able to work with an amazing staff and our community to provide students a great learning experience and prepare students for success after graduation.

I have been working in public schools for over twenty years. I have been involved with students since my time at Western Washington University, working as a soccer coach at Bellingham High School.  After college, I began teaching social studies classes and coached soccer at Henry M. Jackson High School, in the Everett School District.  I missed Whatcom County and returned as an assistant principal at Squalicum High School.  After some time at SQHS, I moved on to the Mount Baker School District, where I served until coming to Meridian High School. 

My wife, Jennifer, and I have been married since 1995.  We have three children; two of which attend school in the Meridian School District.  Outside of MHS I enjoy spending time with my family, often watching one of our kids playing or performing.