University of California, San Diego

November 16, 1998
SUBJECT: Preuss School Principal Named
I am extremely pleased to announce that Doris Alvarez, award-winning principal of Hoover High School, has agreed to become the first principal of The Preuss School (the UCSD Model School).
One of the most distinguished educators in San Diego, Dr. Alvarez has been the principal of Hoover High School since 1987. Previous to that she was a vice principal at Correia Junior High School in San Diego, district counselor for the San Diego Unified School District, and a counselor at Gompers Junior High School.
In recognition of her educational leadership, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) named Dr. Alvarez National Principal of the Year in 1997. Other prestigious national honors she has received include the 1995-1996 Milken Educator Award, the Freedoms Foundation Meritorious George Washington Honor Medal for Individual Achievement in 1996, and the Metlife/NASSP California Principal of the Year Award in 1996.
Dr. Alvarez received her A.B. and M.S. (Counseling) degrees from San Diego State University, and her Ph.D. in Education jointly from Claremont Graduate School and SDSU.
Dr. Alvarez will begin the work of curricular planning, staff and student recruitment, and administrative organization of The Preuss School in December of 1998. The Preuss School will open next fall in temporary quarters with a charter class of 100 students. The School's permanent facility, scheduled to be finished by the fall of 2000, will house 700 students in grades six through twelve when enrollment reaches steady state in 2003.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Alvarez to the UCSD campus community. She has the experience, the vision and the commitment necessary to insure that The Preuss School will be a model for how best to prepare students for a university education and we are fortunate to be able to count on her leadership in this effort.
Robert C. Dynes