Now in his 25th year at The Tribune, Mitch Lehman is Editor and Sports Editor in addition to being the public address announcer for ten sports programs at San Marino High School. Mitch is one of only a handful in the community to receive the ‘Very Special Person Award’ from the San Marino PTA at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony, was acknowledged as a 'Terrific Titan' by the San Marino High School PTSA, was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of San Marino and received a National Honorary Merit Badge in Journalism from the Boy Scouts of America. He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in the past three years, Mitch has won seven awards and is a thirteen-time finalist in the California News Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. In 2015, the press box at Titan Stadium was re-named 'Lehman's Loft' in his honor.
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Though their institutions are located approximately two miles apart, San Marino High School Principal Jason Kurtenbach and Daryl Topalian, his counterpart at Huntington Middle School, had an identical message last Thursday morning. “It is great to see the kids again,” said Kurtenbach, as students completed the requisite temperature screening and filed into SMHS.
San Marino has hosted an egg hunt in some iteration for several decades, but the success of one held last Saturday might just change all that for good. Dubbed by the Recreation Department as “The Great San Marino Egg Hunt,” the event drew almost 600 participants. They cruised via automobile through town on the “bunny trail,” using a map to solve riddles and spot clues while searching for “Mr. and Mrs. Bunny” along the way. To sweeten the pot, Recreation Department staffers hid 10 “golden tickets” in eggs that were distributed at eight stops along the way.
Based on an enthusiastic recommendation from Kristine Franco, a member of San Marino High School’s counseling staff, senior Matthew Lee was named the Rotary Club of San Marino’s student of the month for February. And for good reason. Lee has a glittering dossier, topped by his recent acknowledgement as a National Merit Finalist, thus remaining in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million. The son of Yun (George) Li and Linda Jing Yang, Matthew is also the engineering president of Titanium Robotics team at SMHS and captain of the school’s math and science teams. For the past year, Lee has also operated a group called TitanHacks, where he manages sponsorships and event planning for a what are called “hackathons,” where programmers team up to create original projects. With the leftover funds, TitanHacks operates a weekly food drive with the First Baptist Church of Alhambra.
Jim Folsom, who retired in December from the Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens after a long and award-winning career, will be the featured speaker at San Marino City Club’s meeting on Tuesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. Folsom was the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at the Huntington Library. He joined the Huntington staff in 1984, serving as assistant curator before becoming director in 1987. As director of the Huntington’s gardens, he oversaw more than a dozen thematic gardens covering 120 acres of the 207-acre grounds. He served as a visionary and project head for the development of new gardens and botanical facilities and restoration of historic gardens and maintenance. He dedicated much of his efforts at the Huntington to education programs that increase public interest and understanding of the science, culture, and history of plants and gardens.
Abby Geng, an 8th grader at Huntington Middle School, recently earned some extra money teaching a virtual cooking class. Abby and her parents consulted on the matter and agreed the funds would best be used “for something special.” The result — a $200 donation to the San Marino Police Department, to the pleasant surprise of San Marino Police Chief John Incontro.
Last Friday night at 9:45 p.m., a young man wearing a royal blue football jersey with the words San Marino emblazoned across the chest atop an oversized number 19 trotted onto the field at Titan Stadium. He had accepted the task of kicking a football through an odd-shaped apparatus that most would recognize as a goal post at the east end of the facility in an effort to win a game over the town’s foe in a rivalry that stretches back to the Eisenhower administration. Anyone seeking the identity of the young man would be hard-pressed as neither his name nor number appeared on the roster provided in the official game program sold at the venue. They know it now, especially those from South Pasadena who watched the annual contest. And just in case they didn’t, players, fans and cheerleaders provided a reminder that rang into the chilly, damp night. “Harry!” “Harry!” “Harry!” He has a last name, too, and for the record it’s Wendling. But he will forever be known as the boy who kicked a field goal as time expired to tame the Tigers in the 66th renewal of the battle for the Crowley Cup.
After 416 days since its last contest, the San Marino High School boys’ basketball program finally was able to re-take the indoor court last Saturday afternoon and, basically, looked like they never left.
The San Marino school board has been busy with the work of getting students back to school. Earlier this week, they took the first step in hopes of keeping all campuses open and avoiding dramatic employee cuts. At a special meeting Monday night, the board voted 5-0 to take another crack at passing Measure E, a $968 per parcel education tax, which will now go before voters at a June 29 special election. The parcel tax — which generates approximately $4.1 million per year — was defeated by voters on March 2 because it did narrowly missed receiving the required two-thirds majority.
He was born on opening day of a season the Los Angeles Dodgers ended up winning the World Series. More than a half-century later, he can still remember the section, row and number of his first seat in Dodger Stadium, so it shouldn’t come as a complete surprise that Mark Langill wound up as the club’s team historian. So with the 2021 season days away, Langill was recruited to virtually address the Rotary Club of San Marino last Thursday afternoon to get members in the mood for some baseball. He was introduced as the Dodgers’ “Answer Man,” and Langill had plenty of them, including this supposed response to a question posed by Rotarian Barbara Bice, who introduced Langill. “Don’t hit the ball very well in Little League and you will be well on your way,” Langill allegedly said when asked how he secured his job. Langill began his address by posing an explanation to America’s fascination with baseball and, specifically, Opening Day.