Her principal says she "wasn't surprised."
An LGBT milestone was celebrated in National City last week as Sweetwater Union High School crowned its first transgender homecoming queen.
At Friday's homecoming game Karl Cristian Cruz took home the crown after her classmates voted her as their royal representative.
Cruz who is 18-years-old says she was both shocked and happy at her schoolmate's example of inclusion, accepting her for who she is.
"Everyone started cheering for me. I didn't really expect that from anyone," Cruz told 10 News. "After the fireworks, I just started crying my eyes out."
Sweetwater Principal Maribel Gavin lauded the outpouring of support from her students, expressing that it shows the school is safe for everyone.
"I was extremely proud. I can't say I was surprised. Every single student should be accepted for who they are," said Gavin. "They're all wonderful human beings that are here to learn."
Cruz sent out a special Facebook message on Sunday thanking everyone who helped her on the way to victory.
"From being nominated, to being part of top 10 to being SUHI’s first Transgender Homecoming Queen has been such a crazy fun experience and I’m forever thankful for everyone who supported me throughout this journey," Cruz wrote. "I wanna give special thanks to my family who supported me, to my friends who supported me all the way, they really put up with all my mental breakdowns, and they also helped me create my performance. They were just there for me thru thick and thin.
"I love you guys with all my heart. I also wanna give thanks to the teachers who helped me with everything despite me lacking because of the stress due to this journey. And lastly, I wanna say thank you to all the other candidates, I love you guys so much and you guys are all Queens and Kings in ur own way! No one really knows how stressful yet fun this journey is except for you guys and I’m glad to share that experience with y’all!"