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Alumni

Mark Day alumni make up a diverse and notable group - educators, business owners, engineers, artists, lawyers, graphic designers, archeologists, doctors, musicians, historians, and more. Whether they graduated in 1983 or 2023, our alumni are part of an extensive community with a central shared experience.

Meet Our Alumni

Balandra Fregoso ‘90

Following high school at Redwood High School, Balandra attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she majored in Community Studies and minored in Education. She also received her Master’s in Social Work from San Francisco State University in 2003. Currently residing in Richmond, Balandra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Executive Director of Parent Services Project, a non-profit in Marin. “We engage families to take leadership for the well-being of their children, families, and communities,” says Balandra. She has been involved in social justice work since finding inspiration during an 8th grade volunteer opportunity. She explains, “I feel a sense of responsibility to help others, to speak out against racism, and to help remove systemic barriers that keep some from thriving.” During her free time, Balandra enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and baking sourdough bread. Health and wellness has also become a side passion of hers, and she is in the process of getting certified as a Lactation Specialist.

Miguel Delgado ‘11

Miguel knew he wanted to be a professional golfer at a young age. He remembers when the middle school golf league was created at Mark Day, which gave him the opportunity to sharpen his skills after school. “By the time I left [the school], it was evident that golf was my sport,” he says. Following his K-8 years at Mark Day, Miguel attended The Branson School, where he focused on improving his golf game as much as possible and was named MCAL Player of the Year during his final three seasons at Branson. Growing up, Miguel’s mom had always encouraged him and his family to be active in serving the community. He started to get involved with local elementary schools in South Bend, Indiana, where he attended college. The experience inspired him to work at an orphanage in Haiti in the summer between his sophomore and junior year. When he graduated from Notre Dame in 2019, Miguel followed his passion and joined the Asian Tour at the beginning of 2020, before the pandemic shut it down. After playing on the professional circuit for almost four years, Miguel retired from golf at the beginning of 2024 to begin his next chapter in venture capital. Since, he’s tapped into a variety of interests, including learning the ukulele and becoming an avid reader.

Marielle Lyons ‘13

“I graduated from Mark Day in 2013 with a curiosity about the world and a desire to understand my place in it. My desire to be a culturally aware, global citizen is rooted in my experience at Mark Day. With its international sister school partnerships and its fundamental value of multicultural education, Mark Day shaped my own personal values and life goals. For high school, I attended Marin Academy, further developing my appreciation and love for the Spanish language and how it connects me to people of different cultures. At Occidental, I majored in Spanish and Sociology, with a concentration in immigration. For my Sociology senior thesis, I interviewed authorized immigrants from different parts of Latin America in Spanish and English to understand integration in the United States. Studying the immigrant experience has allowed me to make sense of society today and create solutions to eliminate injustices experienced by immigrant communities. I recently returned from living and teaching English in La Rioja, Spain, where I learned about what it means to be a foreigner and U.S. cultural ambassador. I am now working in the International Student and Scholar Services department at the University of San Francisco, where I continue to follow my passion for fostering inclusive and welcoming multicultural spaces.”

Dylan Woodhead ‘12

After attending Archie Williams High School, Dylan landed at Stanford University in the fall of 2016 with the intent to study mechanical engineering. Throughout his four years at Stanford, Dylan also played on the Men’s Water Polo Team, an experience that culminated in the 2019 National Championship. In 2021, he made the U.S. Olympic Water Polo team over the summer and began graduate school at Stanford in the fall. Since, he completed his masters in mechanical engineering and co-founded a startup focused on building a marketplace for athlete-to-athlete private lessons. Dylan says, “Growing up with lots of exposure to athletics and extracurriculars helped me learn to value and be efficient with the free time I have. I’ve also benefited greatly from being part of communities that set a high standard for work ethic and supported me through challenging times in both school and the pool.” Today, you can find Dylan training and working daily in a southern suburb of Athens, Greece. When he’s not studying, working, or playing water polo, Dylan enjoys being outside surfing, hiking, and swimming.

Read more alumni profiles in The Marker Magazine.

Common High Schools & Universities

Where do Mark Day School students go after they graduate? The following high schools and universities comprise a partial list of where our alumni continue their education.

High Schools
Archie Williams High School
The Bay School of San Francisco
The Branson School
Cate School
Drew School
The Lawrenceville School
Marin Academy
Marin Catholic
Novato High School/MSA
Phillips Academy Andover
Redwood High School
Saint Ignatius College Preparatory
San Domenico School
San Francisco University High School
San Rafael High School
San Marin High School/STEM
Sonoma Academy
Stevenson School
Tabor Academy
Tamalpais High School
Terra Linda High School/MSEL
The Thacher School
The Urban School of San Francisco

Universities
American University
Bard College
Barnard College
Berklee College of Music
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Bucknell University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Colorado College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Emory University
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Lehigh University
Middlebury College
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
New York University
Occidental College
Pitzer College
Purdue University
Rhode Island School of Design
Rice University
Scripps College
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Washington
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UCLA
UC Santa Barbara
University of Miami
USC
Vanderbilt University
Wake Forest University
Washington University
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Yale University
 

Upcoming Alumni Events

May 24, 2024
Trivia Night (On campus)

June 13, 2024
Alumni Breakfast (On campus), 8:30am

We want to hear from you!

Contact Christine Maguire, Development Associate, at 415-472-8000 x1016 or email alumni@markdayschool.org to give us an update.