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Letter from Superintendent Geoff Yantz

Dear South Pasadena Community, Parents, Faculty and Staff,


“Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone." Gertrude Stein


As we wrap up the first few months of the school year and approach the holiday season, I would like us to pause and consider everything we are grateful for within the South Pasadena Unified School District. Our community, families, faculty and staff continuously work in support of our public school system, making it one of the strongest in State and highly regarded by families seeking a solid education for their students.


We are especially thankful for our educational foundation and local support groups that bridge the State funding gap. The South Pasadena Educational Foundation, SPMS and SPHS Booster Clubs and school PTAs fund programs, events, supplies, equipment and a myriad of goods and services that move the needle higher in terms of what we are able to offer our students.


South Pasadena students enjoy a wide range of artistic, athletic and academic experiences, and they are succeeding in these endeavors. Many of our teams earn high honors at the local, state and national levels in various competitions. Much of this success depends on the backing provided by events and programs such as Parti Gras, Wish Night, PTA forums and membership, and Booster Club activities that supports over 50 clubs, activities and teams.  No matter how small or large your contribution of time, talent and resources, the collective impact is significant. 


We are also grateful to have additional community support provided through the parcel tax renewal and school construction bond measure. While parcel taxes fund academic programs, support for the bond measure has helped our District make necessary repairs to aging infrastructure, create new instructional spaces and complete many facility upgrades. Students are benefiting from new spaces and very soon our entire community will be able to use the improved Tiger athletic facilities at the high school.


I am very appreciative of all the opportunities we are able to offer our students and families and look forward to a continued positive and productive school year. If you have any questions regarding how to contribute to our local funding groups, please contact the respective entities which can be found at or by contacting your child’s school directly.  


Many thanks,




Geoff Yantz, Ed.D.




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