Sac High Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Hunn, Class of 2004


While at Sac High, Jonathan Hunn was part of the honors program and played football for the Dragons. He immersed himself in the rigorous coursework which he says set him up for success in college. He also enjoyed the camaraderie and leadership opportunities that came with being captain of the football team and part of the ROTC program.

Jonathan attended Sac High during a very pivotal time and was an integral part of the efforts to convert the school to a public charter. He is proud of the work he did to demonstrate support for the school and ensure that Sac High could continue serving students in the Oak Park community.

Jonathan says he feels a strong connection to St. HOPE Public Schools and is especially drawn to the school’s “Power to Lead” pillar which says “we strongly believe the measure of a person’s success is in what he or she gives to others. Through community service, students develop a strong sense of civic responsibility and establish the foundation for a lifetime of meaningful community involvement.”

After he graduated from high school in 2004, Jonathan enrolled in the Air Force. After his service, he worked on Mayor Kevin Johnson’s campaign as well as President Obama’s first presidential campaign. It was through this work that he fell in love with politics.

After that, Jonathan went to community college in Sacramento and then transferred to Morehouse College where he earned a degree in Political Affairs and International Relations. He then received a full-ride scholarship through the State Department to earn a Master’s Degree at American University in Washington D.C.

Since then Jonathan has worked for a New York Congressman as a foreign affairs specialist and is now studying computational neuroscience at Harvard. He is interested in learning more about brain science and how we can incorporate technology with human cognition.  

Jonathan credits his time at Sac High for helping develop his love for education and his passion for always wanting to learn new things. He said the school’s emphasis on college and career success put him on a trajectory to not only pursue higher education but immerse himself in challenging and rewarding work.