Media Advisory: Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Media Advisory: Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Media Advisory


Fifty years ago SFUSD opened a school for Chinese-speaking, newly-arrived immigrant students. The Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School is now celebrating a half-century of providing students a strong foundation in academic subjects and an orientation to American culture in a positive and nurturing environment.


Thursday, November 14 / 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.



Chinatown YMCA / 855 Sacramento Street

When the school opened in 1969, it was called "Chinese Education Center." Last year the school was renamed the "Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School," in honor of the late Mayor Ed Lee, the City’s first Chinese American mayor, and his wife, Anita. The 50th anniversary of the school marks a significant milestone for the Chinese American community here in San Francisco.


Reverend Harry Chuck, Chinatown Rising

David Chiu, California State Assemblymember

Carmen Chu, San Francisco Assessor

Jenny Lam, SF Board of Education Commissioner

Emily Murase, former SF School Board President

Founding staff of Chinese Education Center

SFUSD leaders


There will be student performances, speakers, and lunch provided by the Hilton San Francisco Financial District Hotel, along with a slideshow.


Most students stay at the Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School for one year before they move on to a more comprehensive public school. Students are offered English language development, Chinese language arts, bilingual instruction in core subjects, computer literacy, and health and safety education.



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