Dr. Margaret Hill, current member and past president of the Board of Education of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, passed away Sunday, December 19. She was 81 years old.
Dr. Hill was a passionate advocate for children and a dedicated educational leader, having served on the Board of Education faithfully since she was elected in 2011. She led the District as Board President in 2015-2017.
Prior to her election, Dr. Hill served as an assistant superintendent with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. She started her local education career in 1971 as a teacher before serving as vice principal at San Bernardino High School. Dr. Hill retired from SBCUSD in 2003 after serving 16 years as the principal of San Andreas High School.
Dr. Hill returned to work at the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools office in 2006, where she was assistant superintendent of Administrative Services until her second retirement July 2, 2012.
“Dr. Hill was loved for her warm heart and frequently encouraged educators to motivate kids with ’more hugs than tugs.’” said SBCUSD Board President Dr. Scott Wyatt. “We are better because she led with strength, love, and compassion for everyone. We will miss her everyday.”
The District honored Dr. Hill by naming its boardroom, the Dr. Margaret Hill Community Room in 2019. She also received accolades from a multitude of organizations, which recognized her strength as a leader and her character as an example to others.
“Dr. Hill’s tireless, kind, and cheerful presence made her arguably the most admired leader in San Bernardino and among the greats statewide throughout the education community,” said SBCUSD Superintendent Doc Ervin. “She inspired me and I am thankful to have worked with her here.”
No details are known yet about memorial services but these will be shared when information becomes available.