Vista High principal launches scholarship to honor father


By Zach Chouteau

Sylvia Greenwood, principal of San Pablo’s Vista High School, couldn’t be prouder of the legacy left behind by her late father Sylvester. A longtime educator and administrator who already had Richmond’s Sylvester Greenwood Academy named in his honor, he served the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) for 38 years.

And now Sylvia Greenwood is striving to add to her father’s legacy with an annual scholarship named for Sylvester Greenwood that will help a local WCCUSD student attend college.

“The Greenwood family would like to ensure that Sylvester’s legacy lives on in the children of the West Contra Costa Community,” she told the Richmond Standard. “We have started a memorial scholarship in his name to award a scholarship to an individual interested in attending a college, university, or trade school. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has displayed exemplary achievements despite hardships or challenges. Students that show these qualities will be eligible for the scholarship.”

The initial goal, she says, is to raise $5,000. Interested parties can make a donation to this PayPal account or by mailing a payment to Sylvester Greenwood Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 6446, Richmond, CA 94806. Sylvia Greenwood can also be contacted at

After injuries curtailed a short NFL career, Sylvester Greenwood began working as a security officer in what was then known as the Richmond Unified School District in 1968. After completing his extended education, he went on to teach at Adams Junior High and Harry Ells High School before joining De Anza High as dean of students. Greenwood was also vice principal at Portola Junior High and principal at both Downer Junior High and Kennedy High School before later becoming assistant superintendent and then interim superintendent in the district.


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