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MEDIA ADVISORY: Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate New Name

Media Advisory


The Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School (formerly the Chinese Education Center) will celebrate its new name, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Education on August 28, 2018. 


Thursday, September 27 / 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. 
Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School / 657 Merchant Street

Media, please RSVP to Laura Dudnick at or (415) 730-0314.


Family of Mayor Ed Lee 
SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews 
Mayor London Breed 
Board of Education President Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell 
San Francisco Board of Education Commissioners 
San Francisco local and state elected officials 
Chinatown community leaders 
Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School Principal Victor Tam 
Students and teachers 


Mayor Ed Lee served as San Francisco's 43rd mayor, and the City’s first Chinese American mayor, from 2011 to 2017, until his untimely death on December 12, 2017. Mayor Lee and his wife, Anita, whose two daughters attended SFUSD schools, have been longtime advocates for public education and served as a welcoming bridge to the City’s immigrant communities. Go here for more information about the school’s name change.


Students will sing songs followed by speeches from school and City leaders, and a ribbon cutting ceremony.


The Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School is committed to providing students a strong foundation in academic subjects and an orientation to American culture in a positive and nurturing environment. By design, most students stay at the school for one year before they move on to a comprehensive public school.


Page updated on 09/26/18