A New Name for a San Anselmo School for At-Risk Youth

Bank of Marin founder J. Patrick Hunt and his wife, Irene Hunt, were recently honored for their contributions to the nonprofit Sunny Hill Services and its K-12 school, which has been renamed the Irene M. Hunt School of Marin.


When J. Patrick Hunt was told Sunny Hill Services officials wanted to rename their Marin Academic Center to the Hunt School of Marin, he disagreed.

Hunt, one of the Bank of Marin founders, said the school should instead be named after his wife — Irene M Hunt.

The Hunts, long-term benefactors to the school, recently gathered at the Sunny Hill Services San Anselmo campus on a rainy day to celebrate the re-dedication of the Marin Academic Center as the Irene M. Hunt School of Marin. The rededication ceremony — including a luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony — was indoors due to the weather.

Irene Hunt has long volunteered for the school for more than years, which caters to children with education and behavioral challenges too acute for traditional public schools. She has also been a member of the Sunny Hills Services’ Greenbrae Guild since 1972. The students include severely emotionally disturbed children, transition-age foster youth, juvenile justice system-involved youth with mental–health diagnoses and other vulnerable children.

The couple has also set up a fund to support the school, which has included making recent necessary handicap accessibility upgrades.

The ceremony included comments from Bank of Marin CEO Russ Colombo (see video) and Mary Denton, Sunny Hills Services CEO.  

Pat Hunt was a member of its board until 2009.

The school and nonprofit organization has been based in San Anselmo for more than 40 years.

Sunny Hills Services was originally founded in 1895 as an orphanage and farm in Marin.


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