Menlo Atherton High School

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When the Menlo-Atherton High School bell rings on August 16 for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, physical education teacher Pam Wimberly will be there — just as she’s been for the past 50 years!

She’ll be bringing with her yet another award. This Saturday, June 17, she is being inducted into the Hall of Fame by the California Coaches Association. She is already a member of M-A’s hall of fame.

It’s the kids that keep her going, she says. “I’m motivated by what has always motivated me, to instill in students the importance of physical fitness for the rest of their lives.”

Pam had recently graduated from Morgan State College, a historically-black school in Baltimore, when a gentleman by the name of John Bunting came calling.  “He was traveling throughout the South to recruit African-Amercan teachers for the Sequoia High School District,” she recalls. “We talked in person on campus, and then I had a three-way call with him along with the chairman of the physical education department.

“I got the job and moved west in August of 1968. I had an aunt here but otherwise knew no one. My parents did encourage me; they’d passed through the Golden Gate during my dad’s Army career and felt California was a good place to be.”

While the San Francisco Bay Area has been her home ever since, she brought with her a born-on-the-East-Coast love of the Dodgers, for which she gets a fair amount of ribbing from her students. “It was the Dodgers who gave a black man the chance to play, and I got to see Jackie Robinson at Connie Mack Stadium [in Philadelphia] and that was that. I’ve been a Dodger fan ever since,” she says. “Whenever they’re in town, I sit right behind their dugout at AT&T with my daughter in her Giants garb right next to me.”

At M-A, Pam coached basketball for 42 years and softball for 15 years. She was also the Athletic Director for 24 years. We wondered if there was any special memory, special team. She paused before answering: “I had an outstanding group of young ladies when we won the second CCS basketball championship.”

Pam, who was named teacher of the year at M-A in 1986, considers herself “an educator first.” But that doesn’t diminish her love of sports. The senior softball team she coaches, Saints Express, competed today in the National Senior Games in Birmingham, winning one and losing one in the 65+ division. So yes, educator first but always competitor, too.

Photo by Irene Searles (c) 2017

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Three Menlo Park teens named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

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Three residents of Menlo Park — Jamie L. Cleron (Crystal Springs Uplands School), Alexa Thomson (Sacred Heart Preparatory; photo right) and Andrew D. Yates (Menlo-Atherton High School; photo below right) have been selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. They were selected from nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2017. […]

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Malcolm McGinnis remembered at fundraising event for M-A lacrosse scholarship

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Locals turned out tonight at Freewheel Brewing Company, which the late Malcolm McGinnis opened with a number of co-partners four years ago. Malcolm, who passed away in September, was active as a lacrosse coach at Menlo-Atherton High School, where his son Duncan played. Daughter Lauren, a senior at M-A, has also been involved in athletics at […]

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M-A teacher Kent Kurris shepherds the school’s music program to continued excellence – and another Big Band Dance

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Except for a few years owning a wine store in Capitola, it’s music that’s been front and center in Menlo-Atherton High School teacher Kent Kurris’ life. He plays both the piano and the French horn and has taught at both the high school and college level, starting in 2010 at M-A, overseeing two classes of orchestra, the concert band, […]

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While the rest of her classmates at Menlo-Atherton High School are walking the halls of campus this winter and spring, junior Holly Newman will be walking the halls of Congress. Nominated by Senator Diane Feinstein, Holly is one of only 30 high school juniors in the country who will be taking part in the Senate Page […]

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Menlo-Atherton High School class of 2006 holds 10-year reunion

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On November 26, the Menlo-Atherton High School class of 2006 held its 10-year reunion at Novela in San Francisco. “We had nearly 100 people,” emailed Jackson Slavik, one of the reunion’s organizers. If you’ve spotted the bags of Ladera Granola and are wondering what they’re doing there, Brian Tetrud, that company’s founder, is a member […]

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Menlo-Atherton High School football coach Adhir Ravipati named 49ers coach of the week

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M-A football coach Adhir Ravipati was named the San Francisco 49ers Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week winner for week four following last Friday night’s win over Los Gatos High School, 35-28. At the end of the game, Los Gatos only needed to get in the end zone to tie it up, but in a series […]

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Documentary film “Breaking Points” screens at M-A on Sept. 21

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Homework. College essays. Social media. Sports. Volunteering. Part-time jobs. Friends. Teens’ lives are jam-packed from the minute they wake up until the time they finally sleep — just keeping up is a daily struggle for many. Partially filmed at Menlo-Atherton High School, Breaking Points explores the stress and pressures our teens face every day, as well as the unhealthy […]

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Retired M-A teacher and administrator “Bud” Fellows passes away at 89

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Wilbur Lombard “Bud” Fellows, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 9, 2016 in San Diego. Born in San Francisco to Horace and Madeleine Fellows he lived a long, healthy and fulfilled life. He was married for 63 years to Coralie (Hill) Fellows who passed away in April, 2014. Mr. Fellows is much […]

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Menlo Park residents invest in youth through Future Profits program

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Talking about money may make some youth more squeamish than a freshman at his first biology dissection, but knowledge about money remains core to an individual’s ability to succeed in the modern economy. Teens from under-resourced communities in Menlo Park and beyond often graduate from high school without basic financial literacy. The volunteers and teachers of […]

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Spotted: M-A class of 1956 celebrating 60th reunion

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Around 50 people turned out this afternoon at the Alpine Inn (Zott’s) for the 60th reunion of the Menlo-Atherton High School class of 1956. That was the second graduating class to start as freshman and complete their fourth year as seniors at M-A. Over the years, we’d met a couple of people from this graduating class and […]

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