South San Francisco, CA November 24, 2021 Submitted by Peter Feng, PIO, SSFUSD
South San Francisco Unified School District to Rename Community Learning Center after Former California State Assembly Member and South City High Teacher Gene Mullin
The South San Francisco Unified School District’s (SSFUSD) board of trustees approved a resolution during its November 18 meeting to rename the Community Learning Center (CLC) at 520 Tamarack Lane after former California State Assembly Member and South San Francisco High history teacher Gene Mullin.
“Gene was not only a part of our school district, but he was an important part of our city,” said board clerk Patricia Murray. “I think that it’s a wonderful tribute, and I’m proud of our board for passing it.”
School board member John Baker concurred.
“It’s hard to go out and talk to alumni of South San Francisco [High School] without hearing of how Mr. Mullin was such a pivotal figure in their education at South City. He was a real fixture there.”
SSFUSD School Board President Daina Lujan thanked South San Francisco Public Library Director Valerie Sommer, who brought the proposal to the school board during its July 15 meeting.
“You have held quite a few meetings and moved forward on this very quickly,” said Lujan. “It went from an idea to us reading a resolution into the record in—for lack of a better term—record time.”
According to Sommer, the proposal had been the subject of four previous public meetings including an October 20 citizens advisory committee prior to making its way back to the school board.
As a result of the board’s decision, Sommer said the South San Francisco city council would now move forward with the process of identifying a place to affix a sign with the CLC’s new name.
“I know that Assembly Member Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin is very excited and appreciative of this moment as well,” said Sommer. “We all miss Gene. He was a great support within the schools for his students, for the library for the city, and I really am so proud of this legacy going on a joint school district-city facility that does so much for the students in the district.”
The CLC is operated by the City of South San Francisco and owned by SSFUSD. It first opened in 2001 after an effort spearheaded by Gene Mullin when he served as mayor of South San Francisco.
In addition to being a hub for after school activities, the CLC provides classes in English as a second language (ESL), basic computing, and citizenship along with various workshops and support groups.