For PTSA Leader, SMHS Commencement Brings a Finality

Emily Boutin will soon pick up her diploma from San Marino High School, following in the footsteps of her mother, Ann, a member of the class of 1979.
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Emily Boutin will soon pick up her diploma from San Marino High School, following in the footsteps of her mother, Ann, a member of the class of 1979.

For Ann Boutin, the impending graduation of daughter Emily represents a full-circle journey 40 years in the making.
Boutin, this year’s San Marino High School PTSA president, was in her daughter’s shoes four decades ago, approaching graduation along with the rest of SMHS’ class of 1979. At the helm of PTSA, she now gets to watch her fourth and youngest child walk the stage this year.
“I think I’ve been at the high school way more than four years,” quipped Emily Boutin, who was preceded at SMHS by two older siblings; the eldest attended a private school. “I feel like I’m ending it on a good note.”
Ann Boutin, who went on to study home economics at UC Davis after graduating from SMHS before earning her law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in 1987, returned to the area and lived briefly in Pasadena, where she practiced estate law. After marrying, she and her husband moved to their current home in San Marino to start their family, at which point Boutin put work aside to be a full-time mom. Continue reading “For PTSA Leader, SMHS Commencement Brings a Finality”