Dr. Adams' Portrait
Dr. Darryl S. Adams, Superintendent of Schools for the Coachella Valley Unified School District, began his career as a professional musician, songwriter and music publisher. After ten years in the music business, he followed his love for music and went on to serve as a Music Teacher and Band Director, Middle School Assistant Principal, High School Assistant Principal, High School Principal, Director of Human Resources, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Dr. Adams has been previously recognized as a Teacher of the Year in Los Angeles County.

Dr. Adams earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Memphis, his Master of Education Administration degree from California State University, Los Angeles and his Doctoral degree from Azusa Pacific University.

Dr. Adams is now leading significant reform efforts in the Coachella Valley Unified School District. These major initiatives will move the district toward Educational Excellence. 

Under Dr. Adams’ leadership the Governing Board has approved“Measure X”, a 21st Century Teaching and Mobile Learning initiative that will place 18,000 iPads in the hands of all 18,000 CVUSD students along with the technology infrastructure to allow students to connect and learn all day, every day. Other initiatives of note are the Health, Wellness and K-12 Sports program which promotes healthy life long fitness and eating habits.  Dr. Adams is leading the district to a new level of efficiency with the building of the new CVUSD Education and Community Support Center. The Center will allow the district to increase productivity and realize financial savings.  The center will support the community by way of a state of the art Parent Resource Center, an expanded Adult Education center and a modern bus transportation division which will include shade structure for facility parking that will rely on solar panels to power the facility.

Dr. Adams has led the way in increasing the District’s financial stability.  He is proud to have stabilized the district’s fiscal position which has resulted in no layoffs of Certificated or Classified employees over the last two years.

Dr. Adams has implemented a collaborative servant leadership style and believes in working with the entire school community to realize the primary mission of education: Preparing all students for College, Career and Citizenship. Dr.Adams serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of the Desert, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and the Ophelia Project.