Education, Politics

Franklin High Graduate Wins San Francisco Mayoral Race

SAN FRANCISCO – Earlier this month, Ed Lee, a 1970 graduate of Franklin High School, won the San Francisco’s mayoral race, becoming the city’s first elected mayor of Chinese descent, as well as the first Asian American elected to the office.

Lee was born in 1952 in the Beacon Hill neighborhood and attended Beacon Hill Elementary and Asa Mercer Middle School. His first foray into politics came at Franklin where he was elected senior class president.

Lee, who had been San Francisco’s acting mayor since January, received 61 percent of the votes, becoming the 43rd mayor of San Francisco. He was appointed acting mayor after former Mayor Gavin Newsom won election last November as California’s lieutenant governor.

Lee was San Francisco’s city administrator at the time of his appointment and had the support of prominent city political figures in the mayor’s race.

Ed Lee graduated from Franklin High School in Mt. Baker in 1970.