Welcome to Del Obispo!
About your Principal
Mr. Gruenewald is currently in his 8th year as Principal as Del Obispo Elementary.
Mr. Gruenewald grew up in Mission Viejo and attended all CUSD schools up through high school. He went to Barcelona for kindergarten, Castille for 1st-6th grade, Newhart Junior High for 7th and 8th, and then Capistrano Valley High School. He graduated in 1990. Mr. Gruenewald then attended the University of California at Riverside and graduated in 1994. He then completed his teaching credential in 1995 at UCR. Mr Gruenewald spent 6 years teaching in Jurupa Unified School District. During that time he taught the following grade levels: 1/2, 5/6, and 2nd grade.
In 2001, Mr. Gruenewald moved back to Southern Orange County.
In 2002, Mr. Gruenewald married Jamie Neal. Mrs. Gruenewald taught math at Newhart Middle School for eight years. Currently she has a full time job taking care of our daughter and dog at home. Mr. and Mrs. Gruenewald love spending time together with their extra large Akita. The Gruenewald's are fortunate to have Mr. Gruenewald's parents close by. From time to time you will see the parents of your principal around the school. Mr. Gruenewald's mother is a regular volunteer in the office on Wednesday. Make sure to say hello to my family when you see them at many of our school-wide events.
On January 21, 2010, Mr. and Mrs. Gruenewald were thrilled to have Katie Ann Gruenewald join their family. As all children do, the addition of Katie has brought new meaning to the Gruenewald's life and a much larger smile to Mr. G.'s face. You might see Katie around campus during special events like our carnival, campouts, Swallow's Day parade, Open House, and other night events. You may notice Katie sporting her Dragon attire, wearing pajamas at the Read-A-Thon, or finding a way to show school spirit in any way she can. She enjoys being a honoree dragon and seeing all of our wonderful students. Beware......she has a mighty roar at times.
The Gruenewald's enjoy spending time at Disneyland and California Adventure. Mr. G and Katie love the roller coasters! Katie is almost 42 inches and is near the age where she can ride Goofy's Flying School and the Matterhorn. She is already an expert on Cars, Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, and Splash Mountain. Ask her about a ride and she will tell you her favorite part. Mr. Gruenewald loves his "Daddy/Daughter days" when Mrs. Gruenewald goes scrapbooking.
In the few minutes he has to relax, Mr. Gruenewald loves to go to movies, read, and play basketball.