When Luis Pimentel entered Menlo-Atherton High School as a freshman, he was placed in remedial English. He’d been in this country just a few years, immigrating with his family from Mexico and settling into a one-bedroom apartment in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park.
By the time he was a senior, he was in AS English and was accepted at five of the seven colleges he applied to. He was awarded a $12,000 scholarship from the Peninsula College Fund, which was founded by Menlo Park resident Charles Schmuck. He enrolled at UC Santa Cruz, with the idea of becoming an immigration attorney but changed course almost immediately. Click here to read the whole story.