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Margarita Muñiz, Longtime Principal at the Hernández, Dies

Muñiz, for whom a new bilingual high school is being named, died of cancer. City officials are remembering the "spirited passion" she brought to her work.

[Editor's note: The following is a press release from the Boston Public Schools.]

Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson today issued the following statements remembering longtime Hernández K-8 School Principal Margarita Muñiz. Muñiz, who had worked for BPS for 39 years, lost her courageous battle with cancer today.
 
“Our city has lost a true advocate for public education,” said Menino. “Margarita Muñiz displayed a spirited passion for her work, and it was contagious. With a fire and energy that inspired her youngest students and even her most senior staff members, Margarita lived each day doing what she loved most, teaching. Margarita has left a mark on our city that lives on in her students, and that is the finest legacy of all.”
 
“The entire Boston Public Schools family mourns the loss of Margarita Muñiz today,” said Johnson. “Margarita was an outstanding school leader who, at her core, was a great teacher who cared for her students and staff like family. She was a strong voice for quality education for all students and never missed an opportunity to share the Hernández School ethos. We are comforted to know Margarita's legacy lives on in the generation of students she taught and that a future generation of students who will attend the will be the great beneficiaries of her hard work.”
 
On Tuesday, the Boston School Committee approved the Margarita Muñiz Academy, a two-way bilingual high school that will open in the fall of 2012. It will be , along with Mission Hill K-8.

While technically in Roxbury, many parents consider the Hernández School to be in JP.

diversity November 18, 2011 at 09:42 PM
She will be missed greatly. Thank you for never giving up the fight Margarita! Descanza en paz
Yvonne Lalyre November 19, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Yes, Margarita was an extraordinary person and leader. Without her we may have never had Spanish-English bilingual lawyers, doctors, counselors, teachers, and other advocates from and for the disadvantaged. Margarita, nos has abandonado, pero vas a brillar siempre en nuestros corazones, like a candle in the wind.

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