While it’s true that moms are rock stars in their own right, we think dads are pretty cool too. They drive carpools, whip up dinners, and host play dates. In honor of dad, we found eight of Southern California’s coolest dads who successfully balance their family lives and day jobs, all while making it look effortless. Click through our gallery to meet eight cool SoCal dads.

Dr. Randy Ward

Do you ever think about the person who oversees all the public schools in San Diego County? Did you know that person is a cool dad too? Dr. Randy Ward is not only the father of two young kids, he is also the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools. As County Superintendent, he oversees 42 school districts serving 747 schools and nearly 500,000 students. One of Randy’s greatest achievements is his belief in the power of technology to transform education. That passion has led to the Broadband Anywhere Initiative, which ensures that every child, regardless of family income or place of residence, has access to the learning resources of broadband Internet. A firm believer in practicing what he preaches, Randy’s son and daughter both attend public school.

We know there are dozens of cool dads out there. In fact, we bet you know several of them! Who else do you think deserves a spot on our list?

– Leah R. Singer

All photos courtesy of the featured dads