October 12, 2001

Preuss School Principal Receives Award From National Women's Political Caucus

Doris Alvarez, principal of The Preuss School at the University of California, San Diego, will receive the Alice Paul Award from the National Women's Political Caucus during the organization's "Simply the Best" awards dinner Oct. 11 at the Doubletree Hazard Center, San Diego.

Alvarez will receive the award, the evening's highest honor, for her "visionary dedication to education." The award was named for Alice Paul, an early activist in the suffrage movement and author of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Alvarez, one of the most distinguished educators in San Diego, was appointed principal of The Preuss School in December, 1998. She formerly had served as principal of Hoover High School. When she came to The Preuss School she was the first and only employee—she had to hire the faculty, oversee selection of the first class of students, establish curriculum and make decisions on construction of the school's permanent facility.

The first class at the innovative school, the only public charter school in the state to be established on a college campus, began Sept. 7, 1999, with 150 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. This fall, there are 497 students in sixth through 10th grades.

Also to be honored at the "Simply the Best" dinner are Crystal Crawford, Mayor of Del Mar, Rising Star Award; Phil Blair, executive officer, Manpower, San Diego, and Hon. Lionel Van Deerlin, Good Guys Award.

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