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20 Years of Excellence

Preuss School UC San Diego Promise benefit

The Preuss Promise:
20 Years of Excellence

The Preuss School UC San Diego is celebrating 20 years of inspiring young people from underserved communities across San Diego County to take intellectual risks that set them up for academic success, to effect change in society, and to transform their communities. This year’s annual Preuss Promise benefit recognized this milestone on April 20, drawing more than 200 attendees and raising more than $514,000 to support The Preuss School’s commitment to connecting promise with possibility.

The annual benefit provided an opportunity to emphasize the impact The Preuss School has on the lives of students, like senior Sahar Abdalla, who was featured in a video shared during the evening entitled, “A Day in the Life.” For Abdalla, who fled Sudan with her family, The Preuss School helped build her confidence and provide a pathway to college. “College wasn’t even a thought. But now, it just seems like reality — a dream come true,” she says.

The evening also showcased student accomplishments in fine arts, drama and STEM, as well as a demonstration from The Preuss School cheer team. This year’s event chair, Matthew Weil, a member of both The Preuss School Board of Directors and the Campaign for UC San Diego Cabinet, opened the speaking program.

UC San Diego alumna Jacqueline Kennedy ’08, a member of the first graduating class at The Preuss School, discussed how her experience inspired her to investigate the profound socioeconomic differences in communities within San Diego County and beyond, and the impact of these differences on young people. Today, she serves as director of Community Partnerships at the newly formed Center for Health Equity within the New York City Department of Health. She works to engage New York City neighborhoods with specific emphasis on racial and social justice.

In two decades, The Preuss School has transformed the lives of more than 1,500 local students. The Preuss School is consistently recognized among the best high schools in the U.S. and has been named the nation’s most transformative high school by Newsweek three years in a row. The charter middle and high school was created to serve low-income students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college. This year, 100 percent of The Preuss School’s graduating class plan to attend college in the fall.

Donors to The Preuss School help provide a transformative education for young scholars. Together, we can empower our students with the skills and resources they need to become tomorrow’s leaders.

To support the next generation of Preuss scholars, please visit here, or for more information about The Preuss School UC San Diego, please contact Tamika Franklin at twfranklin@ucsd.edu or (858) 246-0327.