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Preuss School UCSD Celebrates 10 Years

“It was a ‘celebration of the past and a commitment to the future’ of the School." - Bob Dynes

The evening was appropriately themed Inspiration as supporters of the Preuss School UCSD gathered at the new Scripps Institution's Seaside Forum in La Jolla. The April 17th, 2009 event celebrated 10 years of the school’s rigorous college preparatory programs for economically disadvantaged but intelligence driven students. The Preuss result, a stellar 4 year college admissions rate. 90%!!


The Seaside Forum Entrance at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Tom Lang and Event Co-Chair Linda Lang, with UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Event Co-Chair Wain Fishburn


Among the mix there were Ann and Bob Dynes. Bob is a first generation college graduate, a former Chancellor of UCSD, a former President of the University of California, and a current UCSD Professor of Physics. Ann Parode Dynes is the former Campus Counsel for UCSD.

More there included UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Jim Whitesell, Anne Otterson, Malin Burnham, Bea and Bob Epsten, Preuss School Founders Peggy and Peter Preuss, Sue and Rick Barrett, Robin and Henry Nordhoff, Kim Penny and Bob Ludwig, Renee and Duane Roth, and Sheri and Dr. Stuart Jamieson.

Sheri Jamieson had this to say. "The Party for the Preuss School was an exciting evening to share with friends and to honor all those who made this school become a reality. It was a very fun event in a beautiful setting and for a very good cause!"

Ann Dynes agreed. "I loved the combination of two wonderful accomplishments achieved by UCSD: the spectacular venue there at SIO (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) and the School. Such home runs!”

And the evening put the spotlight one such home run winner in the educational field.

Preuss Class of 2004 and 2008  MIT Graduate Jesse Lopez spoke of his Preuss educational experience. He is now working for the prestigious Monitor Group in NYC. Jesse received a standing ovation. And Jesse's parents Maria and Alvaro Lopez were present and beaming with pride.

Anne Middleton added this. "Jesse Lopez was the highlight of the evening for me. Hearing him talk about his family's simple beginnings - picking strawberries in the fields to his going to Preuss and eventually graduating from MIT was so moving. I was also touched by several adults who have been mentoring and tutoring Preuss students since the school's inception."

Guests enjoyed a Waters Fine Catering for the cocktail reception followed by dinner. For the seaside reception there were Smoked Salmon Grisinni with Meyer Lemon Zest and Chives, Spinach Pizettas with French Feta and Fresh Herbs and Heirloom Tomatoes, some very bite size Phyllo Snaps with Artichoke, and mini New York Ruebens.

The dinner started with a Spiced Pecan Salad with Peppers and Wild Arugula Organic Greens drizzled with Laura Chenel's Goat Cheese and Citrus Vinaigrette, Fra'Mani Pancetta Roulade with a Pinot Demi Glace plated with Tarragon Super Luxe Potato Purée, Purple and Green Cauliflower,  Nantes Carrots and  Fresh Origins' Mirepoix Greens. Dessert was a simple and delicious Lemon Curd Tart with Raspberries

Dinner was followed by a musical celebration by the Preuss School Honors Choir.

A green flash was seen earlier at sunset by guest Bob Epsten. It must have been a good omen of things to come.

Over $200,000 was raised that evening as auctioneer Bill Menish coaxed some big dollars out during the live auction.

Joan and Irwin Jacobs won a week’s luxury cruise aboard The World cruise ship for $26,000, and Darcy and Robert Bingham put up the wining paddle for another accommodation aboard the ship for a cool $20,000.

Peter Preuss put up his bidding paddle for a week in a luxe home in Cabo. It was his for $13,500!

Auctioneer Bill Menish, who has seen quite a few charity gatherings had this to say. "Generosity overflowed at The Preuss School UCSD 10th Anniversary Benefit. It is an example of amazing support for an exceptional school."

Duane Roth summed up the 10 year celebration well. "10 years ago, none of us could have predicted the remarkable success that has unfolded with the Preuss school. Cecil Lytle's vision, Bob Dynes persistence, Peter and Peggy's enabling gift and Doris Alvarez's leadership culminated in going from an idea to a top 10 ranking in the United States. This is an experiment that went terribly right!" 

The following is an exerpt from the Preuss School website.

"The Preuss School UCSD is designed to be a rigorous college preparatory educational program. Through tutor-assisted teaching, a single-track macro curriculum required for all students, small classes and an extensive use of technology and teamwork, the overarching goal of the school is to create a highly enriched secondary school. Preuss will prepare its graduates to distinguish themselves academically so that they will be competitively eligible for admission to the University of California and other similarly selective four year colleges and institutions of higher learning.

Above all, The Preuss School UCSD must provide an environment of high expectations where students are continually encouraged and empowered to develop a greater sense of confidence through self-sufficiency and pride in their academic accomplishments.

The school fosters a culture of intellectual risk-taking. The students are taught the art of questioning and logical and critical thinking, with the hopes that they will sustain a lifelong intellectual curiosity and dedication to continual learning.

The Preuss School’s mission includes the development of strong character, healthy lifestyles, good judgment, ethical behavior and instilling a sense of service to one’s home community. We believe that the family, neighborhood institutions and school all share responsibility for encouraging young people to develop as both scholars and citizens."


To learn more about the Preuss School, please visit


Please enjoy the photos!

Sheri Jamieson with Peter and Peggy Preuss

Catherine aka Kitty Mackey ** Dr. Stuart Jamieson with Peter Preuss

Sheri and Stuart Jamieson

Rick Barrett with Peggy Preuss and Sue Barrett ** Margrit Boucher with Robert Bingham and Anne Otterson

Bob and Bea Epsten ** Peter Preuss speaking with Sheri Jamieson

Judy Peters with Alan Portela ** Sue Barrett

Peter Preuss with Wain Fishburn ** Bea Epsten and Debby Fishburn

Bob Epsten with Anne Middleton ** Malin Burnham with Peter Preuss

Irwin Jacobs answering a guest's question **Sue and Rick Barrett

The Dinner Table Setting

Peter Preuss

Robert and Darcy Bingham

Bea Epsten and Debby Fishburn

Malin Burnham with Peter Preuss and Wain Fishburn

Featured Speaker Jesse Lopez

Ted Roth and Stuart Jamieson

Victor Woo with Ann and Bob Dynes, and Molli and Arthur Wagner

Kim Penny and Bob Ludwig



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At the Preuss event, one of the servers was a graduate of Preuss. She is proudly about to graduate from UCSD!


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