About Us

Gerardo Santamaria

Meg Garcia

Meg Garcia is a proud alumna of the Mighty Class of 1988!  She has been a teacher at SUHi for 23 years and bleeds Red and Gray!

Meg first fell in love with Sweetwater through her mom, Virginia Martinez, who taught at SUHi for 10 years.  She brought Meg to football games, basketball games, dances, field trips and Meg was overwhelmed by the kindness and acceptance she instantly found at SUHi.  When it came time to choose a high school, there was no choice…Sweetwater!  While at SUHi, Meg was a Letterette (carrying the “A”), was on the Academic League team (Co-captain her senior year) and Academic Decathlon team.  She was the first student at SUHi since 1970 to act in 6 plays and she was the Thespian President both her junior and senior years.  She didn’t miss a football game or just about anything that was going on at SUHi during high school.  Years later, after graduating from SDSU in 1995, Meg started her teaching credential with one goal in mind…to come home, to the school that made her who she is.  Meg applied for one job and it is the job she has today.  She teaches AP Art History and Art Appreciation, coaches the Quiz Bowl team, is one of the CSF advisors and is co-chair of the Centennial Committee.  She met her husband, Mauricio “Maui”, when they were both working at SUHi.  Their wedding colors?  Red and Gray!  Their daughter is a SUHI grad, Class of 2013 and their son will be a SUHi grad, Class of 2023.  Meg is grateful to help continue the work of the Alumni Association that has been a part of the rich history of the last (almost) 100 years!

Graduated from the Mighty Class of 1974, Alma Sarmiento has been an proactive member of the Su-Hi/National City community for decades.

As a parent of six teenagers she was an active volunteer at Sweetwater High from July of 1990 through June of 2005. She served as President of the PTA for the entire 15 years as well as Band Booster President, Quarterback Club President, parent member of the WASC Accreditation committee, and SARB Parent representative among others. She was invited to come back and serve as a judge for the school’s literary magazine.

On the District level she volunteered on the Ninth District PTA committee, Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, Facilities Planning Committee, Curriculum & Instruction Committee, and Hall of Fame Awards Committee. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Sweetwater High Alumni Association which awarded numerous scholarships to graduating seniors. She also organized and chaired the Safe Routes to Schools committee which, together with the City of National City, earned millions of grant dollars to be used to make our streets safer for all students.

She was first elected to the National School District Governing Board in 1992 and still serves to this day most recently as Board President.

As a member of the board she served as President of the South Bay Regional Boards of Education and presided over 7 individual school boards governing the South Bay region. This past year she chaired the combined school board’s Legislative Action Committee.

She was awarded the Congressional Citizen of the Month as well as the Volunteer of the Year award presented by the Optimist Club and Leonard Villareal of Channel 10 News.

Throughout her years after Sweetwater she has worked tirelessly on numerous committees to give our students and our community a voice.  Alma has dedicated her life to helping others and we are so proud that she has given her blessing for this next chapter in SUHI Alumni Association history.  We thank Alma and her daughter Maria for all of their time and dedication to Sweetwater and the Alumni Association.  Without both of you, we would not be the strong community we are.  Thank you from the bottom of our devilish hearts!