At long last, the Barth Athletic Complex has broken ground at Huntington Middle School.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, HMS and city residents will have their new gym and multipurpose athletic facility by August 2019. The facility is named for the generous $3.5 million donation from locals Andy and Avery Barth, who later added another $2 million dedicated to debt service payments. Continue reading “HMS Breaks Ground on New Athletic Complex”
Days after the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education had unanimously voted to hire Issaic Gates as the new principal for San Marino High School it hadn’t yet sunk in, he said.
“I’m still pinching myself,” he said. “I really, really am. San Marino is really a dream job. It’s such an opportunity.”
Gates, who holds a doctorate in education from USC, officially takes the helm on July 1 and will leave behind Los Alamitos High School, where he has served as an assistant principal for the last five years. He and his family live in Duarte.
“When you get the opportunity to work 15 minutes from home, it’s like finding a shortcut to work,” he said. Continue reading “Administrator Hired for ‘Dream Job’ at SMHS”
After the groundbreaking ceremony on June 5, Incotechnic Inc. will begin moving equipment onsite near Huntington Middle School to begin demolition of what has served as the school’s gym for what most community members agree is too long. Continue reading “Timetable Set for New HMS Gym”
The San Marino High School varsity boys’ and girls’ swimming teams defeated visiting rival South Pasadena last week to claim the regular season Rio Hondo League championships for the second consecutive year.
The boys, guided by head coach Casey Holcomb, concluded the regular season defeating the Tigers, 121-49, and a perfect 9-0 record, including a 5-0 record against Rio Hondo League opponents.
The girls, guided by head coach Mark Barr, dominated the Rio Hondo League meet against South Pasadena with a 109-59 win. The Titans (6-3 overall record) finished league play with a perfect 5-0 record.
Both teams will compete in the Rio Hondo League finals at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center this Friday, May 5, at noon.
San Marino High School standouts Jadyn Torres, Tommy Hannan, Alessio Brunochelli, Kyle Day and Mason Chiu signed letters of intent last Friday and committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Torres, who was an All-CIF basketball player this year, will attend Luther College in Iowa; Tommy Hannan will play baseball at MIT; Alessio Brunochelli, an All-CIF water polo athlete, will be going to Loyola; Kyle Day will swim at NYU; and Mark Chiu will continue to golf at Claremont McKenna College.
Principal Michael Lin (right) recently ceded control of Carver Elementary School to Eiffel “Zihe” Wang for the day. Wang visited the school’s classrooms before commandeering the PA system to announce five minutes of extra recess for his peers. He also kept order on the playground with a whistle, visited the library and kitchens, and dined with Lin.
The San Marino Unified School District will break ground on its long-awaited Barth Athletic Complex at a ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, June 5.
The ceremony will be at the track and field behind the currently existing gym building at Huntington Middle School. The athletic complex will replace that building to give HMS its first true multipurpose athletic facility.
The $14 million project has garnered substantial donations from residents, most prominently an initial $3.5 million offering from the Barth family, who earned naming rights for the sum. They later pitched in another $2 million toward the project’s debt service if SMUSD does not pay off its financing by 2021.
The Sloan family added a half-million-dollar donation. The Barger family kicked in a $250,000 donation. Other donations include $50,000 from the Weiss family, $50,000 from the William Hurt Foundation and $25,000 from the Fletcher Jones Foundation on behalf of Pat Haden.
SMUSD has committed $2 million of its own money to the project and anticipates it will use $1.5 million in developer’s fees to pay toward debt service.
The ceremony is expected to last about an hour.
Valentine Elementary School students will be lacing up their sneakers and participating in the Run Your Hearts Out Jog-a-Thon fundraiser on Thursday, May 4. The annual event is a fun and entertaining way to promote health and fitness. Students run or jog to upbeat music on a temporary track set up on the lower field of the school’s campus. Participants with the most laps per grade level will celebrate with a pizza party. Jog-a-Thon co-chairs Colleen McGuinness and Debbie Merryman encourage parents to cheer on their young athletes and to support their fundraising efforts. The proceeds from the Jog-a-Thon support the Valentine PTA and its enrichment programs.
Timothy Wong of Boy Scout Troop 359 completed a garden and landscaping volunteer project for Villa Esperanza Services’ Adult Residential Program as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. The project supports adults and seniors with intellectual/developmental disabilities living in Villa Esperanza’s group homes.
Wong installed drought-resistant plants at two Villa group homes after months of careful planning. “I had to figure out what to do, where to do it, find volunteers to help me, fundraise enough money to meet my needs, and plan a date and time to do my project,” Wong said.
Wong’s project has brought color and variety to the front lawns of the Wagner and Wynn homes, where residents can contribute to the care of their new plants, and incorporate fresh tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and broccoli into their meal preparation.