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2010-11 Athletics News
Urban Athletics is happy to announce its new assistant Director of Athletics and boys varsity basketball coach Joe Skiffer. A native of San Francisco, Joe attended St. Ignatius before heading to Boise State to captain their Division 1 men's basketball team. Joe also played professional hoops overseas.

Most recently Joe was working at the Oakland Charter Academy running the physical education program and serving as assistant boys basketball coach for St. Joe's of Alameda, a regional powerhouse. We are thrilled to have Joe join us as a member of the Urban community and Athletic Department!
Thank You Urban Volunteers!
Volunteers are the heart and soul of The Urban School. From the Herbst Library to admissions events to the annual auction, we rely on our army of parent/guardian volunteers to run the many, many programs that we all enjoy. We are so grateful to all of the Urban community members who go above and beyond to share their time and talents.

The annual Volunteer Appreciation breakfast was held on Friday, May 21, 2010. Please click here to see a few photos from the event.

Listed below are some of Urban’s major events and fundraisers that could not have happened without all of our dedicated volunteers. Thank you to each and every one of you who gave of your time for the 2009-10 school year.
Alumni Events and Reunions
Annual Fund Campaign and Phonathon
Diversity and Inclusion
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Events
Graduation Night Party
Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day
Herbst Library
Parents' Association and Parent Board
Parents Coalition of Bay Area High Schools
Athletics and Annual Sports Banquet
Class of 2010 Endownment Fund
Parents' Diversity Committee
School Office Support
Student Activities
Theater Productions
Blue Velvet Underground Auction
Winter Festival — Come to Your Senses Day

If you would like to volunteer for the 2010-11 school year, please click here and sign up!
Blue Velvet Underground Auction Raises Funds for Financial Aid
Urban’s Blue Velvet Underground Auction event was a great success in raising critical funds for financial aid, as well as being a fantastic, community-building event for our school. The event took place at the historic Bimbo’s 365 Club in North Beach on March 20, 2010. Urban parents, alums and friends arrived to complimentary valet parking, delicious food, stellar wine and dancing to Bay Area’s iconic band, Pride and Joy. Our exciting live auction and Fund-A-Need for the athletic department helped us to raise $264,000 overall!

Many thanks to all who supported the auction, whether it was by bidding online or at the event, underwriting, volunteering, donating an item or attending the auction. Everyone did their part, and it all added up to a wonderful event and a generous contribution to Urban’s Financial Aid Program. A special thanks to Auction Chair Jane Wolf (Alex '06, Justin '08, Adam '11), whose calm, creativity and experience made for a spectacular event for the entire community! 

We hope you will join us as the fun-while-fundraising continues at Bimbo’s 365 Club on March 19, 2011!
Urban Students and Alum Win Prestigious Journalism Awards
Five current Urban Legend staffers and one former staffer were honored by the California Press Women's Association at an awards ceremony on May 17 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

Sarah M ('11) and Urban alum Celine Buehl ('09) won first place for their spread on Angel Island, which appeared in the May 2009 issue.

Alum and Urban Legend Editor Madeleine May ('10) won second place for feature writing for A Day in the Life of an ER, which appeared in the May 2009 issue.

Sabrina W ('12) also won second place for feature writing for MONOlogue on Urban's Hard-to-Detect Virus (February 2010).

Isabel M ('11) won third place for her feature photo of Urban's Escape Velocity peer education show (December 2009).

Sonja B ('12) won an honorable mention for her photos of Urban's Nymph Errant fall production (December 2009).

To follow the Urban Legend newspaper online, please visit the website.
Civil Rights Pioneer Visits Urban
Civil rights pioneer Brenda Travis, the catalyst for the voting rights movement that was sparked in McComb, MS, in August 1961, visited Urban this spring to share her first formal recorded account of her role in that historical event. Students in the oral history class at The Urban School here in San Francisco teamed with four McComb High School students who traveled to the Bay Area to interview and publish an oral history of Ms. Travis as part of the Telling Their Stories oral history archives project.

Telling Their Stories is an oral history class originally conceived by Urban almost a decade ago to bring to light stories of major 20th century events, including interviews with Holocaust survivors, concentration camp liberators and Japanese America internees. Telling the long and murky history of civil rights has long been a desire of Howard Levin and Deborah Dent-Samake, the creators of Telling Their Stories. Urban began its partnership with McComb High School, birthplace of the 1960s civil rights movement, two years ago.

To read Ms. Travis’ account of life in Mississippi and her role in the voting rights movement, please visit the Telling Their Stories website. Also, see this article in the McComb Enterprise Journal about Ms. Travis, the McComb students and their work with Urban.

Telling Their Stories
Telling Stories on Enterprise Journal
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Although it was cold and rainy on November 6, 2009, more than 80 grandparents and special friends of Urban students braved the weather and visited the school for this annual event. After a breakfast and presentation by Head of School Mark Salkind, our guests were treated to a concert with the Urban Jazz Bands, Chamber Orchestra and Urban Singers. They then attended morning classes with their student, followed by a special luncheon in St. Agnes Gym. See some photos of the day here. For information on this year’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day, please click here.
Congratulations Class of 2010!
The Urban School celebrated commencement for the Class of 2010 on wonderful, hot day in June at Stern Grove. Hundreds of parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, teachers, alums and fellow students joined graduates for a celebration of their accomplishments as graduating members of The Urban School. Students are attending myriad universities and colleges, and you can see that list here.

This year’s speakers included graduates Allegra Gordon, Dimitri Staszewski and Austin Sherman, and faculty member Courtney Rein. For a slideshow of the 2010 event, please click here.

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