Former Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education President Mary Stanton, who served for an unprecedented 24 consecutive years on the school board before retiring in 2014, will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award during a May 9 banquet at Cal State Long Beach.
“I was pleasantly surprised to be notified of this great honor,” Stanton said. “I think this award reflects the significant progress that our beloved school district has made. To move a large school system in a positive direction requires a tremendous team effort, and I was honored to be a part of such important work. It’s nice to be remembered for whatever contribution I made during my time there."
During Stanton’s six terms on the school board, LBUSD received extensive national recognition for improving student achievement, including during lean times for public schools statewide.
She supported the first districtwide K-8 public school uniforms in the nation and a successful third grade reading initiative.
Several new schools were built during Stanton’s tenure on the board, including the Cabrillo, Chavez, Powell, International, Butler and Dooley campuses.
Stanton was a leading advocate for the preservation of arts and music programs. In 2014 she received an award from the Long Beach Symphony Association for her dedicated support of arts in education.
After attending Long Beach’s Mann Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High School and Wilson High School, Stanton earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from CSULB in 1965, with a concentration in music. She was the first person in her family to graduate from college.
She went on to become a teacher in local schools and was active in various school district committees and in several community organizations including the PTA.
The May 9 awards event starts with a 5:30 p.m. reception and 6:30 p.m. dinner at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, 200 S. Pine Ave. Tickets are $200. RSVP by May 2. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 985-7536 for additional information.