Delano High’s Beloved Campus Security Officer Rita Banks Honored

Monday April 29, 2024

This is one in a series of stories highlighting the 2024 Kern County School Classified Employees of the Year Selections. Eight employees were selected by a committee from a pool of thirty nominees in a variety of job classifications. The eight are now eligible for the statewide award program.

In an era where safety concerns loom large in educational settings, the presence of dedicated and vigilant security personnel is paramount. But their importance extends far beyond thwarting potential threats. It also lies in their ability to instill confidence, maintain order, and serve as role models for the school community.

For nearly 40 years, Delano High School’s Campus Security Officer, Rita Banks, has been that person. She has stood as the steadfast guardian on campus, ensuring security while shaping the fabric of the school’s culture.

Ms. Banks’ outstanding contributions have not gone unnoticed. She has been honored as one of the eight Kern County Classified Employees of the Year.

“Rita was chosen for her exceptional positivity, hard work, and dedication to our school community,” said Delano High Principal Shondra Walker.

Rita Banks.

I love the job. I love the kids. I love the staff.

— Rita Banks

A campus security officer like Ms. Banks not only enforces the rules but also embodies them, setting an example of integrity, professionalism, and compassion for students to emulate. She’s an icon on campus and has been described as “the very best tiger,” a nod to the school’s mascot.  

Ms. Banks’ impact extends far beyond her role in campus security. She has also served as a basketball and track coach, demonstrating her commitment to supporting students both academically and athletically. Through her coaching roles, she has touched the lives of countless students, helping them develop skills, build confidence, and achieve their goals, according to Principal Walker.

Reflecting on her decades of service, Ms. Banks summed her dedication up succinctly.

“I love the job. I love the kids. I love the staff,” she said.

By Robert Meszaros

By Robert Meszaros

Rob Meszaros is Director of Communications for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, where he has served since 2012. In his role, Meszaros oversees media relations, internal and external communication strategies, publications, Marcom, branding, and multi-media content creation. Before joining KCSOS, Meszaros was the PIO for CSU Bakersfield and earlier worked for seven years at The Bakersfield Californian.