Dr. Al Adams has guided Lick-Wilmerding High School (also known as the California School for Mechanical Arts) over the last 20 years. Last weekend, they celebrated his innovative headship with a smashing gala. The school raised over 1 million dollars in support of an endowed tuition fund named in Dr. Adams’ honor. On top of that amazing achievement, everyone had a great time.


Dr. Al Adams showing his appreciation for a superb video

Fabulous decorations and amazing food set the scene for the celebration held at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center.

UCSF Community Center View
Flowers for Lick-Wilmerding Celebration
UCSF Community Center Catering- appetizers
Dessert Trio at the UCSF Community Center

The program began with praise and appreciation. Cynthia Marcucci did a fabulous job as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening, always witty and gracious.
Cynthia Marcucci as MC for the celebration

Although Mayor Gavin Newsom could not attend the event (needing to travel with regards to the exciting ruling that all Californians have the right to marry), he sent a member of his staff who commemorated the day as Dr. Adams’ Day.
Gavin Newsom - Mayor's Office sends congratulations

Several board members and past board members created a special tribute to Al in the form of a play.
Board of Trustees act out tribute

The celebration concluded with a fabulous cheer lead by Lick-Wilmerding’s very own Coach Eliot Smith. As always, it included a “hyphen.”
Coach Eliot Smith leads the crowd in his famous Hyphen cheer

A couple of lucky attendees, the Fisher brothers, received the large stuffed tigers that helped to spice up the stage.
Bob and John Fisher enjoy their new tigers at the LWHS Celebration

The evening will be remembered as one of fun and joy.