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ACADEMICS

We empower students, faculty, and staff for enhanced learning through grants, tech initiatives, and scholarships, propelling them into a successful future beyond high school.

ATHLETICS

Hillmen Foundation fuels athletic achievements through grants, enhancing safety, facilities, and community fitness.

ACTIVITIES

We foster holistic education by supporting diverse activities through grants, enriching students' experiences beyond the classroom.

ALUMNI

Placer High's rich history shines through alumni activities, fostering a strong network connecting generations and the community.

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Placer High's prime Auburn location fuels community growth, enhancing facilities and programs through strategic grants.

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A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

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The Hillmen Foundation: Enriching Placer High School and our Community for 35 Years.

November 22, 20234 min read

Introduction:

Placer High School stands as both a vital landmark and essential part of our community history, boasting a rich legacy spanning 126 years. Since its founding, the school has been a cornerstone of the Greater Auburn community, shaping the lives of countless students who have passed through its halls. Yet, it’s the unique bond between school, community, and its residents that has helped Placer thrive for generations. The Hillmen Foundation is the catalyst founded to unite our alumni, faculty and staff, parents, and community around the singular goal of making Placer High strong.

In 1989, a dedicated group of individuals led by Jug Covich and Tom Johnson came together to establish the Hillmen Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the academic, athletic, and extracurricular experiences of Placer High School students. As we reflect on its impact, it is clear that the Hillmen Foundation has become an integral part of the school's journey, leaving an indelible mark on generations of students and contributing to the quality of life in our community and beyond. Each year, the foundation endeavors to give back at least $70,000 per year, including $40,000 through the grants program and $30,000 in scholarships. Here’s a look at how we steward donor gifts to impact Placer High and our community.

Supporting Academic Excellence

One of the primary pillars of the Hillmen Foundation's mission is to foster academic excellence at Placer High School. Through a robust grants program, the foundation channels resources directly into initiatives that enhance student learning. From funding innovative classroom projects to providing essential educational resources, the foundation plays a pivotal role in creating an environment where students can thrive academically.

The Hillmen Foundation recognizes the importance of adapting to the evolving landscape of education. By staying attuned to the needs of the school and its students, the foundation ensures that its contributions have a meaningful and lasting impact. As a result, Placer High School remains a hub of intellectual curiosity and a place where students are empowered to reach their full academic potential.

Investing in Athletic Achievements and Community Health

Athletics hold a special place in the heart of Placer High School and the Auburn community. The Hillmen Foundation understands the transformative power of sports and life-long health in a student's life. The foundation actively supports the school's athletic programs, providing funding for equipment, facilities, and opportunities that allow student athletes to excel. Improvements to the Athletic Complex, such as the all-weather track, stadium lighting, tennis courts, and gymnasium, not only benefit the students but also contribute to the overall well-being of the community. The state-of-the-art facilities have become a hub for community health and athletic endeavors, fostering a sense of unity, fitness and pride among residents.

Empowering Student Activities:

BBeyond the classroom and the sports field, the Hillmen Foundation extends its support to a myriad of student activities. From performing arts to leadership development programs, a host of clubs to student orientation and grad night, the foundation recognizes the importance of a holistic educational experience. By fostering a diverse range of extracurricular activities, the foundation ensures that every student has the opportunity to explore their passions and develop essential life skills.

Scholarships: A Pathway to Future Success

As a testament to its commitment to student success, the Hillmen Foundation has established a scholarship program for graduating seniors. The program includes both endowed or community-sponsored scholarships, as well as three scholarships directly supported by the foundation. These scholarships provide a pathway for students to pursue higher education, empowering them to reach for their full potential.

Generosity in Action

The remarkable impact of the Hillmen Foundation is made possible by the generosity of its donors. Individuals, alumni, and businesses within the Auburn community have rallied behind the foundation, recognizing the importance of investing in the future leaders emerging from Placer High School. Through their contributions, donors become partners in the foundation's mission, helping to create a brighter future for the students of today and tomorrow.

Impact beyond the Classroom

As Placer High School continues to evolve, the Hillmen Foundation remains a steadfast force, weaving a tapestry of support that enriches the academic, athletic, and extracurricular experiences of its students. With over $900,000 given back to the school to date through its grants and scholarship programs, the foundation stands as a beacon of community collaboration and commitment to education. The impact of Placer High School extends beyond the classroom or sports field, influencing the economic, cultural, and quality of life in the Greater Auburn community and wherever Hillmen call home.

As we celebrate the foundation's legacy in 2024, we also look to the future, confident that the Hillmen Foundation will continue to play an essential role in shaping the next chapter of Placer High School's storied history and the vitality of our region.

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Shana Fain McDonald

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PLEASE NOTE

A company called AlumniClass.com has been soliciting Placer Alumni for membership fees. This company is not affiliated in any way with Placer High School, The Hillmen Foundation, or any Placer Class Reunion or Placer High organization, whatsoever. We suggest that you do not respond to their emails or correspond with this company.

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YOUR FINANCIAL IMPACT

Every donation, regardless of size, will positively impact Placer High students, our community, and life on the Hill. All contributions to

the Hillmen Foundation are tax deductible in accordance with state and federal tax laws.

$900,312

TOTAL IMPACT AS OF JUNE 30, 2023, INCLUDING...

$639,587

GRANTS PROGRAMS, INCLUDING...

$180,386

ACADEMICS

$83,105

ATHLETICS

$46,551

ACTIVITIES

$24,736

ALUMNI

$304,809

SPECIAL PROJECTS & INITIATIVES

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM*

$260,725

TOTAL AWARDED

23

CURRENT SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

$30,000

FOR 2023 GRADS

*Scholarships include Foundation-sponsored and Endowments with the Hillmen Foundation

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OUR MISSION

The purpose of the Hillmen Foundation is to support Placer High School in the areas of academics, student activities, and athletics, including the staff, students, and alumni endeavors of the school; to stimulate gifts of service, endowments, and bequests; and to maintain an association of persons interested in Placer High School.

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Alumni

Special Projects & Initiatives

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