About Us

The San Juan Hills Academic Foundation is the only organized academic non-profit group to support academic excellence and an enhanced educational experience for the students of San Juan Hills High School.

Our goals for the Foundation include providing technology for the classrooms, college planning and admissions assistance as well as after school expert tutoring. We are very grateful that in our founding year, through membership and fundraising we were able to purchase a Chrome book cart for the school.

We care deeply about the quality of education provided and work to make a difference in the lives and futures of the students.

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Board Members

Paolo Benzan

President

Hello all and thank you for becoming a member of the San Juan Hills Academic Foundation.  My name is Paolo Benzan and I am a parent of three children who are/have attended SJHHS.  My oldest graduated in 2019 and is now attending Berkeley.  I have a senior (Class of 2021) and a Sophomore (Class of 2023).  Between them they have been involved in theater, football, soccer, lacrosse and a myriad of clubs and activities.  San Juan Hills High School is a wonderful community and I am very proud to have the opportunity to help all of our students reach their maximum academic potential.

Paolo Benzan

Palin Harrington

Vice-President

Welcome to The San Juan Hills Academic Foundation. My name is Palin Harrington and I am the proud parent of two Stallions. My oldest son is a Junior and on The Academic Decathlon Team. The team was very excited to be awarded the Orange County Division 2 Championship in the 2019-2020 school year. He is also in the leadership category of the National Honor Society and on the California Scholarship Foundation. My youngest son is a Sophomore and he is the Goalie of the Freshman/Sophmore Waterpolo team and on the California Scholarship Foundation. Both boys are also very involved with the Theater Arts in technical stage/drama and I enjoy helping as the Treasurer of the Performing Arts Booster. I love being involved with this amazing High School and feel honored to help promote both the Academics and the Arts, as well as be a part of my children and all San Juan Hills Stallions educational experience. RFTB!

Palin Harrington

Jill Crotty

Treasurer

Heather McNeil

Secretary

My name is Heather McNeil and I am a parent of two SJHHS students; a senior (Class of 2021), and a freshman (Class of 2024).  Both are involved in the Language Immersion program, as well as the Instrumental Music program.  As a newcomer to the San Juan Hills Academic Foundation, I am excited to participate in providing resources and support for each and every student to achieve academic success.

Kevin Varner

Auditor

Thank you for visiting the San Juan Hills Academic Foundation site and learning more about us. I have extensive volunteer experience with many organizations as a volunteer, serving on Boards and committees including the American Red Cross, United State Peace Corps, US Green Building Council, Homeaid, Saddleback College Foundation to name a few. I am married with two children, a daughter and son. My son currently attends SJHHS and is in the language immersion program and plays baseball. I am excited about the Academic Foundation and look forward to doing whatever I can to support and enrich our student’s educational experience. Please consider becoming a member to help provide and support vital programs and services that will enhance the education of SJHHS students, especially during the current times with its immense challenges.

Kevin Varner

Dr. Manoj Mahindrakar

Principal