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Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut Recognized for Longtime Contributions to San Juan Capistrano

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DSC_9912At San Juan Capistrano Mayor John Taylor’s 2013 State of the City address last week, St. Margaret’s Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut was presented the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Arts & Culture Award. According to award presenter, Councilman Sam Allevato, Mr. Hurlbut was chosen for his significant contributions to making the city a more vibrant, well-rounded and culturally aware community. The annual event draws a distinguished group of city and regional government and business leaders who welcomed Mr. Hurlbut with a standing ovation for his accomplishments and contributions.

Councilman Allevato said of Mr. Hurlbut in his award presentation, “The 2013 recipient has been serving as Headmaster of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School for 10 years. In that time, the school has continued to grow and enhance its reputation as a leader in education in this region. The school draws students from all over the region, which brings many benefits to our community. Under his leadership, St. Margaret’s arts and Tartan athletic programs have developed into the well-known, award and championship programs they are today. He was also one of the primary catalysts for the [school’s] extraordinary Performing Arts Center that opened last summer.

“In addition, he was the driving force behind Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano, a tuition free program for low income San Juan students to increase their educational opportunities so they can become the FIRST in their families to attend college. The list of accomplishments is simply too long to mention, but I can tell you that San Juan Capistrano wouldn’t be the same place it is today and in the future without the contributions of the 2013 Arts & Culture Award, Headmaster of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, Marcus Hurlbut.”

St. Margaret’s trustees and administrators attended the event in support of Mr. Hurlbut, including Board of Trustees President Michael J. Berchtold. Mr. Berchtold said, “Marc is a truly inspirational leader. He has demonstrated great passion and dedication to our school, its mission and values, and our students throughout his tenure. Marc’s impact goes well beyond our school and reaches out to our wider community. We are thrilled and very grateful that our local community has recognized Marc’s vast contributions with the incredible honor of the Arts & Culture Award from the City of San Juan Capistrano. We are so thankful for Marc’s leadership in making St. Margaret’s what it is today — a thriving community with a strong foundation and bright future. His impact and legacy will carry on for decades.”

In accepting the award, Mr. Hurlbut said, “One essential characteristic [of a great school] is to be a vital resource to the surrounding community. Despite the label, the great ‘private’ schools work faithfully to pursue a public purpose. They care not only about their students but about all students. It’s the tidal effect where a rising tide lifts all the boats! If we all work together and care about all our children, everyone wins.

“At St. Margaret’s, we are proud to be an active and contributing member of the San Juan Capistrano community and beyond our economic impact, we deeply value the partnerships we have developed over time that we hope have made a difference in the lives of those we have served and that we know have made a difference in our lives.”

To read Mr. Hurlbut’s full remarks, click here.

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