IN HONOR OF HOPKINS ... The Gunn High School community plans to dedicate an oak tree and a bench to Albert Hopkins, its former Academic Center director and teacher who died in July 2007 at age 63. "We wanted to memorialize Albert and his commitment to education and the students and the community," Assistant Principal Phil Winston said. Donations gathered after Hopkins' death raised money for the memorial. Winston said he is not sure how much money is left, but it may be used to provide scholarships. Hopkins is being honored for "his dedication and his love and passion for the students that were here and all the connections he made with people and all the lives he touched," Winston said. Hopkins' renown grew after he was attacked by Palo Alto police officers in 2003. He was never charged with a crime, and he believed the officers beat him because he was African-American. The city agreed to a $250,000 settlement in 2005. A ceremony will be held Friday, April 4, at 12:25 p.m. between the new science building and the library on the Gunn campus.
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