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Community - May 22, 2019

First Portola Valley School District superintendent Tony Rose remembered

by Kate Daly

Derek Rose intends to pull up at Portola Valley Town Center on Saturday, May 25, in his father's black '55 T-bird, the one Tony Rose drove to work for many of the 14 years he taught and served as school principal in Portola Valley, and led the Portola Valley School District as its founding superintendent.

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Posted by V.K. Marugg
a resident of Portola Valley: Woodside Highlands
on May 24, 2019 at 12:54 pm

More than anyone else, I think of Tony Rose as the cohesive, kind, and pragmatic force behind Portola Valley's growth spurt. He lead by example with a kind and inclusive demeanor. The value of diversity and the academic power of music were a couple of his Tony-esque contributions to all of our lives in Portola Valley... kids and parents alike. In 1956, Tony Rose hired Ruth Gordon, a 23-year-old Ivy League Magnum Cum Laude graduate from Queens, NY, to teach his 7th and 8th Graders English, poetry, and how to think independently. The controversy that plagued Portola Valley School beginning in 1960, divided the community and exploded an idyllic education system into a thousand serendipitous pieces. Many of those pieces have come together again at the annual PVS Gatherings. Ruth and I regularly thanked Tony Rose for hiring her in 1956. 59 years and four months later, Ruth, the love of my life, and I were married. Tony used acceptance, love, and understanding to move mountains. I wish Ruth were here to celebrate with us. Speaking for her, "Tony was the best.'

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