Dr. Margaret Hill was a force of nature. Like an overflowing river, she moved into our school district in 1971 and forever changed the landscape. In a city experiencing poverty and decline, she had a way of making everyone she talked to feel like they mattered, and to her, they did. Her commitment to the city’s children and youth was unwavering. She started as a teacher in the District and for the last 16 years of her employee tenure, she was the principal at San Andreas High School. Exceptional emotional intelligence was her superpower, but don’t mistake her empathy for acceptance of mediocrity. She wanted the best for and from her students and community. Even in retirement, she was non-stoppin’, working first for the county schools and then joining the SBCUSD board of education. As a member of Board of Education, she was a part of a District turnaround that garnered national attention and recognition.
Margaret Hill was the heart of the Board and the soul of the District. When her flood waters ultimately receded, she left us better people, a better organization, and a better community. There are few people in the community who cannot tell a story about how she touched their lives, as evidenced by her memorial service held at San Manuel Stadium, where thousands gathered to pay their respects.
Your donation will enable graduating seniors from San Andreas Continuation High School to realize their dream of attending college. Mentor-Supported Scholarships provide students with $3,000 plus a paid mentor for their first two years of post-secondary education. Students are allowed to use the funds at the accredited trade school, college, or university of their choice.
Our mentors are graduates of SBCUSD high schools and were scholarship recipients. They are either upperclassmen or graduate students. Their role is to be that knowledgeable friend to help students transition to post-secondary life and education. Your donation makes hope happen for students in our community.