HomeNewsEducationPublicSanta Monica High principal resigns Jun. 23, 2016 at 3:06 pmPublicSanta Monica High principal resignsJeff Goodman5 years agoeva mayoralgail pinskerjohn adams middle schoolsandra lyonSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica high schoolsanta monica newssmmusd The top administrator at the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s flagship campus will leave her post at the end of the month.Eva Mayoral resigned Thursday as Santa Monica High School principal after three years at the helm and 21 total years in the district, SMMUSD spokeswoman Gail Pinsker confirmed.In a message to the school community, Mayoral said she is moving out of state to be closer to family.“I can tell you unequivocally that I have never been fonder of any group of students, parents or staff,” she wrote. “It is this love that has made my life joyful, and this decision excruciating. But you are not my only love. My son and his family, all of whom I adore, have reached out in need, and as unfathomable as it is to leave you, I just don’t have it in me to say no.”Details regarding the process for naming Mayoral’s successor at Samohi were not immediately clear, but Pinsker said district officials will begin conducting a search for her replacement “immediately.”The shakeup at the local high school comes as SMMUSD searches for a new superintendent following the announcement that Sandra Lyon will have a new job with the Palm Springs Unified School District starting July 1. An interim leader for the district has not yet been announced.Mayoral, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in education from UCLA, taught for six years at Fairfax High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District before arriving at Samohi as a science teacher in 1995. During her initial stint there, she served as chair of the chemistry department and led professional development for Advanced Placement teachers.In 2004 Mayoral became a Samohi house principal, a role she kept until she was named principal of John Adams Middle School in 2010. In late 2012 she was named administrator of the year by the California Music Educators Association for her work with the JAMS music department.She was responsible for keeping students safe during the deadly June 2013 shooting at Santa Monica College, which is in close proximity to the 16th Street middle school. She has described it as the scariest ordeal of her life.Mayoral’s tenure at JAMS ended shortly thereafter as she followed many of the graduates to Samohi, where she replaced Laurel Fretz as principal. Fretz had been in charge of the high school for two years.In her parting message, MAyoral touted the school’s progress on disciplinary issues, Advanced Placement participation and support for educators.“I have worked hard and long to be sure that we had a critical mass of supporters within everything we have done,” Mayoral wrote. “We have a huge number of brilliant and committed teachers and administrators who will carry on and care for this work.”Samohi PTSA president Joan Krenik said it’s been a privilege to work with Mayoral.“Her passion for Samohi and unwavering support of all students has resulted in the implementation of many programs and a change in culture that will benefit our community for years to come,” she said. “Eva will be sorely missed.”Under Mayoral’s watch, Samohi also saw a variety of crises, controversies and tragedies.In the fall of 2013, she canceled the school’s homecoming rally following what she deemed disruptive behavior in prior assemblies. She also received pushback over new dress-code emphases in her first few months as principal.In spring 2014, she was criticized over the handling of a scuffle between a student and teacher Mark Black, who was reportedly trying to confiscate marijuana.Tensions also flared over another personnel matter in mid-2014, when Vikings baseball coach Kurt Schwengel was canned after two successful seasons. Allegations of cronyism popped up when Loren Drake was named as Schwengel’s replacement.Mayoral’s leadership was again tested as a measles outbreak spread across Southern California in early 2015, when a Samohi baseball coach and an infant at the school’s child care facility were found with the contagious virus. Around the same time, she was also forced to deal with the aftermath of a brawl between Samohi and Beverly Hills High School students following a league basketball game.Shock and sadness washed over the campus in May 2015 when freshman Leo Castillo, a JAMS alumnus, was killed while riding his scooter in Santa [email protected] :eva mayoralgail pinskerjohn adams middle schoolsandra lyonSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica high schoolsanta monica newssmmusdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentOvertime pay looms large on Santa Monica booksOrange and Juice: Comparing Donald Trump and O.J. 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KAPALUA, Hawaii – Tim Clark knows all about pressure, and not just when he’s in contention at a golf tournament. Clark has had a productive career as he enters his 14th season on the PGA Tour. His two victories include The Players Championship. His six international titles include the Australian Open and Scottish Open. He has played on three Presidents Cup teams. And it all started with a tryout in the North Carolina snow. For a South African who didn’t have the pedigree of an Ernie Els or Retief Goosen, Clark never imagined how he could get to the toughest tour in golf. Travel was long and expensive. A chance to play college golf turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him. There was another South African playing at North Carolina State, and one year his father had come over to watch Simon Hobday in the U.S. Senior Open at Pinehurst. He spoke to Wolfpack golf coach Richard Sykes about Clark, who was approaching his 20th birthday. ”His dad spoke to the coach and said, ‘Listen, there’s a kid in South Africa who would really like to come and play on your team right now if you’d give him a chance,”’ Clark said. ”So he called me up and said, ‘You can come in the spring. If you play any good, you can stay. If you don’t, sorry, your scholarship is gone.’ And then I made first-team All-American in the spring.” But it wasn’t that easy. Clark had only been to America once in his life. He came over in 1993 with Rory Sabbatini to play in the International Junior Masters (Sabbatini won). They headed over to Las Vegas for an AJGA and were asked to qualify (Clark was the only one who did). The Junior World at Torrey Pines was the next week, but Clark said South Africa was banned because of apartheid. And then he went home, until North Carolina State gave him a chance – with a caveat. ”I left South Africa on Christmas Day because that’s the cheapest flight,” Clark said. ”We landed and it was snowing. And I was like, ‘Wow, I’m not prepared for this.’ I live in weather like this (Hawaii) all year round. Coach picked me up. He had never seen me play before and he took me to hit balls – straight off the plane, in the snow. He just wanted to see what he had.” Clark apparently swung the club good enough. Along with getting off to an All-American start that spring, he won the U.S. Amateur Public Links the next year and played in the 1998 Masters. He turned pro later that year, spent two years on the Nationwide Tour, won twice in 2000 to the PGA Tour and was on his way. ”The biggest opportunity I had in my career was to go there and play,” Clark said. It’s not an unusual path for international players. Colin Montgomerie went to Houston Baptist. Luke Donald went to Northwestern, earned a degree in art and won an NCAA title. Graeme McDowell played at Alabama-Birmingham. Back then, it was rarer for South Africans given the distance and lack of attention unless young Springboks could make frequent trips to America. ”When we grew up, the PGA Tour was like an afterthought,” Clark said. ”You never thought that was even a possibility. I was lucky to come over to college and have that opportunity. For most of us, that was so far-fetched. Financially, it’s a big thing to come from South Africa to play Q-school. Guys can’t afford it. For me, that was probably the biggest break I ever had in my career.” MONDAY FINISH: The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is the second PGA Tour event that ends on a Monday. The other is the Deutsche Bank Championship, which has ended on Labor Day since its inception in 2003 and it works beautifully with the Boston community. As for Kapalua? The decision to switch to a Monday finish didn’t make sense four years ago, and it doesn’t make sense now. For sure, the tour wants to get away from the NFL playoffs. But the NFL is not played on Sunday night – the second game ends about 8 p.m. EST – and that would be ideal for the frigid part of the mainland to watch the final round from Kapalua with scenic shots of surf and humpbacks. Instead, it’s only the third round. The final round Monday ends before the college championship game. But the guess here is that most fans aren’t watching golf, they’re watching the pre-game show. Worse yet, it cuts into the following week at the Sony Open, a loyal sponsor that is not treated like one by giving it a shorter week. CHANGING TIMES: When the Tournament of Champions first came to Kapalua in 1999, there were 13 major champions in the 30-man field. There are four major champions in the 34-man field this year. Of course, some of those 13 major champions make 1999 seem a long time ago. The field included Tom Watson and Scott Simpson. The regular winners included Brandel Chamblee.