Japanese-American sculptor Ruth Asawa to have school named after her

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Japanese-American sculptor Ruth Asawa, 85, is known for designing many of San Francisco’s public fountains but now a school will bear her name as well.

San Francisco School of the Arts, The City’s only public arts high school, will unveil a new marquee tomorrow with its new name, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. The ceremony also will mark the school’s 30th year — it was founded in 1982 by Asawa and other local artists and parents.

Since then, it has grown to some 600 students, who specialize in creative writing, dance, singing, instrumental music, theatre, film and visual arts. They are admitted by audition.

Tuesday, two of Asawa’s grandchildren attend the school.

In a news release, their father Paul Lanier said the family was honored.

“Our family is so proud to have this wonderful school named after our mother,” he said.

acrawford@sfexaminer.com

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