San Rafael High School Alumni Association
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John (Jack) Charles Curtin, PhD, Beloved Educator

Jack Curtin died peacefully in his sleep in the afternoon of June 30, 2022 at the age of 90.

Jack was born in Fulton, NY. After attending St Joseph’s Military Academy in NY. He moved to CA with his mother, Mattie, at the age of 14. He graduated from Sacred Heart Cathedral College, now Sacred Heart College Prep, in San Francisco.

In 1952 while attending San Francisco State College he met his first wife, Carole. They married in 1953 and had two daughters in 1954.

He earned a BA from San Francisco State College, with a major in Social Science and a minor in speech in 1955. He received a general secondary credential in 1956.  And in the fall of 1957 he was hired to teach at San Rafael High School. While at SRHS Jack also taught Freshman Sociology classes at night at College of Marin. He left San Rafael High in 1967 to accept a teaching position at San Francisco State College in the Social Science Interdisciplinary Studies Department.  He taught at State until 2002 when he retired from California State University, San Francisco Campus as Professor Emeritus.

Jack was inducted into the SRHS Hall of Honor in May 2018.

 In 1967 the Ford Foundation hired him away from College of Marin to teach at San Quentin State Prison. He taught college level Sociology to the inmates. It was there he got a feel for the criminal justice system with all its imperfections and discriminations. In 1982 he founded the Criminal Justice Program in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at San Francisco State University. He was the director of that program until retirement. 

While teaching full time at State he attended UC Berkeley, the real hotbed of political upheaval, where he received his PhD in 1970. He fondly remembers his professor reaching across the desk, shaking his hand and saying “Congratulations, Dr.”

In the late 1990’s he authored 3 books on Criminal Justice.

Jack was a passionate teacher. He wasn’t so much interested in “getting through the curriculum” as he was teaching the students to read and write, and mostly, to learn to “think” for themselves. To work through a subject to fully understand it, and then feel confident enough with the subject to be able to discuss it. He was not a “rote” teacher. He felt his “job” was to teach the students how to think so they would become productive articulate adults.

The name Curtin derives from old Celtic names all meaning “teacher”, “educator”. Jack felt the “calling” of education.  For him is was something genetic and visceral. Most of his students remember him as a great teacher. They had the good fortune of having him when he was at his best, in front of a classroom. Some were lucky enough to be considered “family” and they treasure those memories to this day.

Jack leaves behind his wife of 21 years C.L. Matthews, 2 daughters, Michele Boyd and Karen Curtin Spicer (Stephen), 2 granddaughters, Stephanie Frey (Adam) and Melissa Fruechtel (Joe) and 3 great grandchildren.

A private ceremony will be held at a later date.



MARIE A. BRADLEY (March 28, 1926 - August 7, 2020)


Marie passed away peacefully at her home in Rohnert Park, California in the care of her loving family. She worked at San Rafael High School as a secretary to the Assistand Principal and Athletic Director from 1960 until her retirement in 1986. In 2018, she was inducted into the San Rafael High School Hall of Honor. The caption on the plaque honoring her reads "Friend to all." 






TIM HARR - SRHS Class of 1965

MARK VALLEE - SRHS Class of 1984




GAIL SCHMIDT - SRHS Class of 1979







SRHS Student Signs Letter of Intent
2018 Senior, Coco Berkenfield signed her National Letter of Intent to swim at University of Nevada-Reno. Congrats to Coco and her family on this huge achievement!
Coco received  the 2018 MCAL Swimmer of the Year Award as well as coming 1st in the 100 yard freestyle at the MCAL Swimming Championships.  Coco hopes to complete 4 years as a Varsity swimmer at SRHS this spring.

Donald Saunders Adam, SRHS Class of 1965 Receives Award 

This year, 2018, the Trust for the National Mall, Washington DC recognized National Mall volunteer Donald Adam for over 20,000 hours of service. The memory of his cousin, Michael G. Tandy, who fought and lost his life during the Vietnam War, inspired Don to become a National Park Service volunteer in 2002. Rain, shine or snow, Don has helped veterans, student groups and visitors understand the importance and meaning behind the Wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  For him, it is personal.  And we think it is for you, too.          (March, 2018)




Girls JV Lacrosse Wins Hard Fought Game vs Justin Siena
Congratulations to our new JV Women's Lacrosse Team on their hard fought 9-6 victory over Justin Siena. (March. 2018)
Munir Kabbara Breaks SRHS Record in the 3200m
Munir Kabbara became the fastest 3200m runner in SRHS history by breaking the long standing record held by David Buscho since 2007. Munir ran a great tactical race at the famous Dublin Distance Fiesta on Saturday, 3/17 winning his heat and clocking @ 9:21.61.  Way to go! (March, 2018)
SRHS Co-Ed Cheer Squad Captures USA Spirit Nationals Title
Congratulations to our incredible co-ed cheer team who captured thir second consecutive title at the USA Spirit Nationals in Anaheim against some very tough competition. A very big CHEERS for their amazing success and for representing SRHS so well! (February, 2018)
All SR Wrestlers Place at MCAL Championships
All eight of our Bulldog wrestlers placed at the MCAL Wrestling Championships!  Congrats to all on a great season! (February, 2018)
  • Eric Burke (9), Brandon Guerrero (10), and Andres Velasco (10) placed sixth.
  • Berlin Montepeque (11), the only girl in Marin to compete in the tournament, placed fifth.
  • Alex Zacarias (12) placed fourth.
  • Deybi Maldonado (12), Liam Lubamersky (10), and Aidan Lubamersky (10) placed second. With his placement, Deybi earned the rare and impressive achievement of being an MCAL finalist every year in his four years as a Bulldog wrestler!"





Jazz Reaches High Notes at CMEA Festival
Our SRHS Jazz bands competed at the CMEA Jazz Festival at Sonoma State University on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Jazz I received Superior rating and Jazz II received Excellent rating.  Congratulations on these high notes!



HeadsUp Carnival 2017 Collects Record-High $87,000 for SRCS!

425 Volunteers Participated in Event's Success
Hats off to the HeadsUp team and all those who contributed to making this year's Carnival fundraiser (formerly Summerfest) a huge success! It was a record-breaking year with over $87,000 raised for HeadsUp, which supports a variety of programs that benefit our San Rafael City Schools students. In addition to HeadsUp's core team, there were 425 volunteers - parents, staff, and students from every school - working together tomake the day a success. Thanks to the hard-working HeadsUp Carnival committee and to everyone who supported this wonderful community event!
You can read more about the event results at And, save the date for next year's event - October 6, 2018
Hilary Salvas Signs NLI

Congratulations to Hilary Salvas for signing her National Letter of Intent to University of Texas, Austin for Rowing!  We salute Hilary on this great accomplishment and wish her the best of luck on this new chapter! (11/13/17)








KATHY SCHMIDT – SRHS Class of 1984

   Kathy went from being the SRHS Best Female Athlete in 1984 to now a Marin Hall of Famer. She was a three-sport standout. Twice a Top 10 scorer in the MCAL in basketball, Kathy was even more dominant in softball, where she threw no-hitters both as a freshman (against Drake) and senior (against Tam). She also took up volleyball, a sport she hardly knew, and immediately fit right in. “I have so many fond memories. Sports is a good avenue. It’s where I felt comfortable. I so appreciate all the coaches. Their guidance. I feel lucky. Very grateful.” Today Kathy is an assistant golf pro at the Mirasol Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.



   An Alameda native, the “1958 San Jose State Athlete of the Year” as a 167-pound wrestler, half-miler and breast stroker, became a biology teacher at SRHS in 1960. Larry went on to earn California State Biology Teacher of the Year in 1988 and Marin County Educator of the Year in 1993. He started the Marin County Secondary and Elementary Science Fairs in 1971, and created the Marin Association of Science Teachers in 1980. He was equally successful coaching swimming and wrestling. His boys swim teams at SR went 46-10 over a seven-year period, while his girls team never lost (31-0) over four years. In wrestling, the Bulldogs went 75-35 over a nine-year period, winning four MCAL championships. He also started up the San Rafael Swim Club where swimmers could train year-round.  Larry and his family lived in San Rafael for 38 years. Now, at age 90, he resides in Novato.




2017 MARIN ATHLETIC FOUNDATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES              Marin Independent Journal    November 4, 2017                                                 By By Dave Del Grande, IJ correspondent




Ask Nancy Placak Madden to identify the greatest thing in her life, and her twin sister Linda comes immediately to mind.

Not far behind is the medley relay.

The Placak sisters were so dominant in swimming in the late 1970s, their names still appear multiple times in the San Rafael High record book.

It’s when they appear side-by-side that makes Nancy proudest.

And when they teamed in a relay — especially the medley relay, where their strengths could coexist — the Bulldogs were doubly unbeatable.

“Relays have always been my favorite,” said Nancy, who teamed with Linda at age 14 to set a national medley-relay record. “There’s something about the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. The joy of sharing in the relays is always more gratifying, especially when your sister is on the team.”

Nancy set MCAL records in the 100 butterfly and 200 IM, and a school record in the 500 free, before heading — with her sister — to UCLA, where Nancy was an All-American in the 50 fly and 200 medley relay.

“My fondest memory (of swimming),” Nancy pondered. “I have the best twin in the world. Competing with Linda and doing the relay thing with her, nothing is better.”



Linda Placak Roland doesn’t work these days so she can live the dream.

The dream of driving her three boys, year after year, from one sporting event to another.

“I remember my mom and dad always being there,” recalled Roland, who teamed with her twin sister Nancy to set numerous swim records at San Rafael High from 1975-78. “I love it. I can be there for my kids.”

The difference between Roland and her parents is that not everything in her 21st-century family sports experience revolves around a pool.

In fact, her oldest son, Michael (24), didn’t like the water at all. He played varsity basketball at San Rafael.

So it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride keeping up with middle son Ryan (21), a former water polo MVP and baseball player, in his two current favorite sports — skiing and indoor soccer — and youngest Danny (17), who has graduated from being a youth All-Star catcher to now being a national-level water polo goalie at Drake.

“When I see them doing well, it brings joy to my eyes,” Roland said. “I’m so happy because of all the time and energy it takes to do the things that they do. And because I can be there, reaping the rewards.”

Then known as Linda Placak, the 1979 San Rafael graduate set an MCAL record in the 100 free, tied the league record in the 50 free and established a new school record in the 100 back for the Bulldogs, who captured the 1978 North Coast Section championship.

She also teamed with sister Nancy to set two MCAL relay records.

“This is an honor,” Roland said of the Hall of Fame induction. “For them to choose my sister and I, and my brother (Bob) like 10 years ago...It’s a really good feeling. There are so many people from Marin that they can choose from.”



Marin Athletic Foundation Honors Seniors
On Monday, May 8, 2017 the Marin Athletic Foundation recognized Ellie Bauer and Angelo Zorn as the Female and Male Scholar Athletes of the Year for SR. Ellie was also awarded one of the 10 scholarships given out by MAF. Both students are All MCAL athletes (for softball and baseball). Ellie heads to CSU Monterey Bay next year and Angelo will attend Occidental College. Congratulations to Angelo and Ellie for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and on the field...great job Bulldogs!
Congratulations to the SRHS Varsity Coed Cheerleading Team for claiming their very first Narional Tiltle at the United Spirit Association National Cheerleading champsionships in Anaheim! (3/27/17)


CONGRATULATIONS to the Freshmen, JV and Varsity Girls Basketball Teams who were ALL Awarded NCS All Scholastic Teams for the 2016-17 Season, with Team GPAs over 3.40!  This is the first time in many years that all 3 Girls Basketball Teams have earned this award, GO DAWGS! (3/20/17)
This is their first MCAL title since 2005! They worked
hard to overcome the obstacles of the graduation of
some of the top players in the county, a new, first-time
head coach (Johnny Vara) and that they wouldn't be
able to play games on their home field due to our
exceptionally wet winter. Despite all that, the Bulldogs
closed the season by going undefeated in their final
six games. (2/6/17)
Varsity Cheer Wins Big in Competition
Congratulations to the Varsity Coed Competition Cheerleading Team for bringing home back to back first place finishes at their first two competitions of the season.  In addition to overcoming 6 other coed teams they also qualified for the United Spirit Association High School National Cheerleading Championships in Anaheim next spring. (November, 2016)
Way to go Bulldogs!  We are so proud of you!
Munir Kabbara To Compete at State XC Meet
Congratulations to Junior Munir Kabbara for qualifying for the State XC meet - he placed 3rd overall in the Boys D-IV race!  Munir ran an extremely gutsy race and is headed to Fresno next weekend for the State XC Meet. We are carrying on a legacy of great SR XC Harriers.  This marks the 12th straight year of SR XC State Meet appearances - either by individuals or teams. (Nov. 2016)
Good luck at State Munir, we're all rooting for you!
Bulldog Ellie Bauer Signs Letter of Intent
Congratulations to accomplished Bulldog student athlete Ellie Bauer on her commitment to play softball at Cal State Monterey Bay! The signing of her letter-of-intent took place last week at school. Ellie has been playing Varsity softball at SR for 4 years as a starting pitcher, team captain and MCAL All League Honorable Mention recipient. She has also excelled on the premier Cal Nuggets Travel ball team and has consistently been an NCS Scholar Athlete. Great work, Ellie! Good luck at CSUMB! (November, 2016)




            (Marin Independent Journal    November 4, 2016)


At just 6-foot tall and 170 pounds, Brovelli wasn't born to play basketball. But he was born into a basketball family, and he sure made his dad proud.
Brovelli led San Rafael High to back-to-back North Coast Section championships in 1989 and '90, earning many honors, including a spot alongside Jason Kidd on the San Francisco Examiner's All-Bay Area team.
Also a football and baseball player for the Bulldogs, Brovelli went on to play basketball for his dad, Jim, at the University of San Francisco, initially prompting the USF Athletic Hall of Fame coach to quip, "It took me 17 years to recruit Mike."
"My dad was very supportive of everything I chose to do," said Brovelli, who recalled also playing baseball, football and soccer as a youth. "No matter what sport, he taught me about teamwork. No player is more important than the team."
A graduate of Davidson Middle School and still a San Rafael resident, Brovelli averaged 21.4 points as a senior for the Bulldogs, hitting a remarkable 49 percent of this 3-point shots.
"One thing that really stands out to me are the relationships that I built. I'm still friends with those guys," Brovelli noted. "I remember a game we played at Tam. Everybody had a role to play, and they did it. It's amazing what a team can accomplish."
USA Today honored Brovelli as a first-team, all-state selection in Division IV.
One year after her brother Michael graduated from San Rafael High, the championship torch was passed to Brovelli Smith. She grabbed it and took it straight to the hoop.
Following in the footsteps of a boys team that had won two straight North Coast Section championships in 1989 and "90, Brovelli Smith led the San Rafael girls to even greater heights.
With the 5-foot-10 guard powering the way, the Bulldogs earned a spot in the state finals her junior season and twice played for the Northern California title, winning in 1991.
"There were so many great games," noted the all-around star, who led San Rafael in scoring (365), steals (79) and blocked shots (61) her senior season, while also finding time to rank second in rebounds (276) and assists (79).
"I remember a playoff game we had at Bear River. They were the No. 1 seed, and their entire town came out to watch. And we upset them."
A varsity starter in both basketball and volleyball from the moment she set foot on campus, Brovelli, who currently resides in Novato, earned a two-sport scholarship to the University of San Diego.
She now gets her basketball fill coaching her sons on fourth- and sixth-grade teams for St. Anthony's in Novato, while also still playing some in co-ed leagues at the Hill gym in Novato.
Mr. Steve Temple Honored
Congratulations goes out to teacher Steve Temple for receiving the prestigious Carlston Family Foundation Outstanding Teachers of America Award.  He is the first Marin County teacher to receive the honor!  (November, 2016)
National Merit Scholars
Three exceptional Bulldogs were recently honored in the prestigious 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Less than 1% of US high school seniors are awarded Semifinalist status, based upon the student's performance on the PSAT. Congratulations to Semifinalist
Justin Neal for achieving this remarkable distinction! Additionally, the top 5% of students taking the PSAT are also recognized for their outstanding academic promise as Commended students. Congratulations to Max Mullins and Jasper Powell for their impressive achievements!   (October, 2016)
New Football Program Rewards Student Success Off the Field
Varsity football players will earn academic helmet stickers that model college helmet decals - but instead of achievements on the field, they will be awarded for academic feats such as attendance, test scores, classroom leadership, GPA and other criteria. Decals have been awarded over the past several weeks and will continue throughout the season. The SRHS program was featured on KCBS radio as well as in an Marin IJ article.  Great job boys, keep up the good work! GO DAWGS!


Track Athlete Competes at Meet of Champions


Sophomore Munir Kabbara placed in the top 7 at the NCS Redwood Empire Championships on Saturday, 5/21. He placed 5th in the 1600 meter and 6th in the 3200 meter races. He also broke SRHS record times in both races! This performance (top 7) advanced him to compete at the prestigious NCS Meet of Champions at UC Berkeley's Edwards Stadium. Fantastic job Munir, congratulations on your success on the track! 

(May, 2016)
San Rafael High Bulldog Blake Delaney signed his Letter of Intent for the Seattle University Red Hawks. Blake is an outstanding athlete in the Varsity Cross Country and Track programs. He placed 16th in the State Division III meet for Cross Country as a senior and is also a Gebrelassie Award winner in that sport. Congratulations to Blake as he heads on to run at the collegiate level. (May, 2016)
Swimming Post-Season Success
Congratulations to senior Aidan Cumming & freshman Colette 
Berkenfield for their performances at the MCAL swimming 
championships. Aidan won the 100 breaststroke and with his win
broke the MCAL record. He also broke his own SRHS record for
that event. Colette won the 50 free-style & placed 3rd in the 100
freestyle, and with these swims she broke both SRHS swim records 
in these events. Congrats again on your success Bulldogs! 
(May, 2016)
Boys Tennis Wrap Up
San Rafael High's number 1 tennis singles player, junior Nick 
Tanaka, earned a 3rd place medal at the NCS Boys Tennis 
tournament last week in Santa Rosa. Congratulations to Nick and 
all of our Boys Tennis team members for an outstanding return 
season to MCAL play after an 11 year absence! (May, 2016)
Mountain Bike Update
The Bike Dawgs went to Laguna Seca last weekend and competed 
on a tough rolling hills course with the infamous "Hurl Hill". 
Congratulations to all the Dawgs who finished in the top 10: Sara GortonGustavo TagliariJames Boulter and Jillian Johns. Many 
riders beat their personal bests and most qualified to go on to the 
State Championship in Solvang on May 21-22!! (May, 2016)
The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Education Committee recently selected SRHS English Teacher Jeannine Thurston as one of the recipients of their Excellence in Educaton Awards for 2015-2016. Her contributions include curriculum and program improvement, instructional excellence, personal involvement and leadership, exemplary classroom support and technological leadership. 
(May, 2016)
Jesse Eaton-Luria (cross-country, basket-ball, soccer, track and field.
Anton Jackson Zahradnik (swimming, water polo)
These SRHS student-athletes were outstanding in the athletic arena. 
But they are more than simply good at their various sports ... they also proved themselves in the classroom and the community. (May, 2016)
Ann Comfort, the school librarian, is happy to receive donations of books and magazines appropriate for high school kids. You can drop them off, mail them to her at SRHS, 185 Mission Street, San Rafael CA 94901, or call her at 415-485-2330
Congratulations to SCOTT SELLERS (SRHS CLASS OF 1990) and MILTON HAIN (TEACHER AT SRHS FOR 35 YEARS) who were inducted into the Class of 2014 "Marin Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame"
HUGO RINALDI (December 5, 2015)
BYRON JONES (February 4, 2014)
ARNOLD "ARNIE" RIESEN  (February 1, 2014)

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