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Ralph S. Opacic

Founder & Strategic Consultant

Dr. Ralph Opacic founded the award-winning Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 1987 and currently serves as a strategic consultant for the school and its sister school, California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley. Dr. Opacic is credited for assembling the finest arts and academic instructors in Southern California and for creating opportunities for young artists to develop their talents to their greatest potential.


Widely awarded for his achievements in arts education, Dr. Opacic has been named a recipient of the prestigious Arts Schools Network Jeffrey Lawrence Award and Orange County Department of Education Outstanding Contribution to Education Award. Additionally, he has been named one of the top three executives in Orange County by the Orange County Register and Artistic Visionary by Arts Orange County. While under the leadership of Dr. Opacic, OCSA has received top honors and recognition for excellence in both arts and academic education. In the 2022 Niche Rankings for “Best Charter High Schools,” OCSA was ranked No. 1 in the state of California and No. 6 in the nation.


Dr. Opacic earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from California State University, Long Beach in 1981, a Master of Science degree in educational administration from National University in 1990, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California in 1994.



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