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Welcome to the Dalzell Lance Campus


Welcome to Camino Nuevo High School - Dalzell Lance Campus - Home of the Tigers!

Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year! I hope you had a restful and rejuvenating break! As your Principal, I am excited to welcome you back to another exciting school year. Our walkways have been quiet without the boundless laughter and energy of our students, and it's wonderful to see our school come alive again!
At Camino Nuevo High School, this year, we are focusing on bridging towards belonging! We believe that through fostering meaningful connections among students, teachers, staff, and the entire school community we can accomplish anything we set our minds to as a team. This year promises to be filled with new opportunities for learning, growth, and achievement. We are ready! Our dedicated teachers and staff have been hard at work all summer preparing engaging lessons and creating a safe and inclusive environment for all.
Just a friendly reminder… Families are always welcome at Dalzell Lance High School. If your child ever says do not come to school, I would do just the opposite. I encourage you to get involved and stay involved with opportunities like with our Site Based Council, English Language Advisory Committee, Parent Book Club, weekly workshops, or Coffees with the Leadership Team. Make sure you sign up for ParentSquare, if you haven’t already, to receive important information from school. If you need any help with this, just contact Citlalli Castillo - Student and Family Services Coordinator at [email protected].

Please feel free to contact me at any time throughout the year if you ever have a concern or would just like to have a conversation. I can be reached at [email protected] or on ParentSqaure.


Larry Boone

About Dalzell Lance

Dalzell Lance High School serves the students and families of Greater MacArthur Park, Echo Park and Pico-Union in Los Angeles. It is part of a community of high-performing public schools that prepares and empowers students for success in college and in life.
Our comprehensive approach integrates academic rigor, community, family, and wellness supports to empower students to thrive in a culturally connected and changing world. Learn more about our approach.
Our mission is to educate students in a college preparatory program to be literate, critical thinkers, and independent problem solvers who are agents of social justice with sensitivity toward the world around them.

You can access our most current charter renewal petition and other documents by clicking here.

distinguished school
In 2024, Dalzell Lance High School was named a California Distinguished School. The California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes exceptional school for closing the achievement gap and demonstrating exceptional student performance.



Lawrence Boone

Larry Boone has over 20 years of experience as an educator. He has held teaching and administrative positions in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. In 2018, he was named principal of Dalzell Lance High School. Previously, he oversaw the restructuring and revitalization of a high school in San Diego that struggled with declining enrollment and low student achievement. Mr. Boone, who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, is a firm believer that every neighborhood should have great schools. When he was a teen, his mother insisted that he and his sister ride the bus for more than an hour-and-a-half every day to attend safe, high-quality schools in the San Fernando Valley. Mr. Boone completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and became a teacher. He taught middle and high school English, humanities, health, and physical education. He also coached football, track, and cross-country. Mr. Boone has masters’ degrees from Pepperdine University and the Principal Leadership Institute at UCLA.

John Ildefonso
John Ildefonso
Assistant Principal
of Instruction

John Manuel Ildefonso has been a Camino Nuevo Charter Academy high school teacher for 18 years. He has recently been appointed the Assistant Principal of Instruction. As an API, John is responsible for supporting teachers in achieving academic goals and supporting the implementation of the school vision, goal setting a positive school culture. Before Dalzell Lance, he was an educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and The Getty Center; he is also an adjunct professor at Los Angeles City College. John graduated from California State University Long Beach with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, an MFA in painting from California State University Long Beach, and currently pursuing his Administrative Credential and MA in School Leadership at California State University Dominguez Hills. John is passionate about education and is always willing to go the extra mile to help students and teachers succeed. He is also a mentor and a Board member at the Ketchum Downtown YMCA.

Chelsey Strawbridge
Chelsey Strawbridge
Assistant Principal
of Instruction
Chelsey has been in education for over 13 years and has spent the majority of her career at Camino Nuevo High School- Dalzell Lance. Chelsey got her start in education as a Middle School Special Education Teacher in Chicago, IL as a Teach For America Corp Member. She moved to Los Angeles in 2014 and began working as the 10th-grade RSP Teacher at Dalzell-Lance. Chelsey served on numerous school-wide and district-wide committees during her time as a classroom teacher including running the Dalzell Lance Student Leadership Class. Chelsey transitioned into her current role in 2021 where she is striving to improve outcomes for students through purposeful and compassionate instructional coaching.
Chelsey earned her Bachelors in History from Florida State University and her Masters in Special Education from National Louis University. Chelsey loves being a part of the Tiger community and feels incredibly lucky to come to work at Camino every day. 
omar urena
Omar Urena
Assistant Principal
of Student Supports

Mr. U (aka Omar Urena) has been in education for 18 years. During his first 6 years, he worked as an English/ELD teacher at a public high school in the Bay Area. For ten years, he was a teacher on special assignment as a principal assistant dealing with discipline at one of the biggest continuation schools in California in San Jose.


At a small school, people have to wear different hats so he was in charge of the sports program and coached all three sports: volleyball, basketball, and softball. At the same time, he was also a varsity basketball coach for a different school.  For the last two school years, he has been the APSS at Camino Nuevo Dalzell Lance in Los Angeles.

jessica reyes
Jessica Reyes
School Operations Manager

My name is Jessica Reyes I am the School Operations Manager at Dalzell Lance HS. I support students and families with communication with teachers and admin. I ensure that our school is safe and ready for our students, so they get the best space to learn in. I have been working with Camino for about 7 years but worked in education with other stakeholders in Camino for about 12 years. I have worn different hats and have seen many students grow from kindergarten to high school.  


I currently attend Cal Poly Pomona with a major in sociology where I will be getting my BA in Fall 2023. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, I also enjoy being the assistant coach to the high school cheer team. Something I love to do to relax is take road trips with my family and partner . My office is always open, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Even for a simple Hello. 


Elizabeth Nicho
Elizabeth Nicho
College Counselor

Elizabeth Nicho is the 9th and 11th grade College Counselor. She has worked in education since 2001 with combined experience in K-12 and higher education. For over 10 years, she provided direct services to children in special education, grades K-12, and supported parents in understanding their rights in the IEP process. Prior to coming to Dalzell Lance, she was a counselor/advisor at Citrus and Pasadena City College for five years where she provided personal, academic, transfer and career counseling to a diverse student population. She has taught courses at both colleges and is currently an instructor at Pasadena City College.  Elizabeth graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. in Human Development with a minor in English and an M.A. in Educational Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services credential. Her passion for helping students reach their maximum potential stems from her own personal background. She is the proud and grateful daughter of immigrants who came to America to give her and her siblings a better future. She understands the importance of mentors who not only believe in the potential of students but help them realize their own potential. Each day, she strives to be that counselor who motivates, supports and advocates for students and their right to reach every goal they have set for themselves.

Tanya Castro
Student and Family Services Coordinator

Tanya Castro first joined Camino Nuevo as the operations coordinator at Jane B. Eisner Middle School in 2015 and later transitioned to become the school's Student and Family Services Coordinator. In 2018, Ms. Castro joined the leadership team at Dalzell Lance High School and continues to focus her work in parent and community engagement by deepening and strengthening partnerships with families around all aspects of their children's educational lives. She has had over 10 years of experience working in education starting in Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles. For six years, Ms. Castro served as an Assistant Director at A+ Educational Centers which offered free tutoring to students in Southern California under the No Child Left Behind Act. Ms. Castro then joined WAYS Charter School for four years and departed as the Interim Director of Operations in June 2015. She is passionate about providing students and families opportunities for success and advocates for their needs. 


Contact Us

3500 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: 213-736-5566
Fax: 213-736-5066