Ruby Bugarin ’89: Grateful for Mayfield's lasting impact on her life

Ruby Bugarin ’89 is a busy mother of two and owner of two successful Mexican restaurants —Margaritas in Pasadena and Pepe’s in Montrose. When she and her husband recently took time to update their living trust and reflect on the enduring influences on their lives, Ruby decided to remember Mayfield with a bequest.

“I’m so glad I attended Mayfield. It’s where I had a chance to blossom,” she said. As a member of the Dance Conservatory, Ruby said she “fell in love” with the arts programs at Mayfield. 

She wanted her living trust to be a vehicle of gratitude to Mayfield as one of the institutions “that had the most impact in my life.” 

Her fondness for Mayfield continues as her daughter, Sofia Martinez ’19, is thriving as a student and also runs cross country and track. Ruby recalled attending our annual open house with Sofia and running into several of her former teachers, who recognized and welcomed her.

“It made me think what a special place this is,” she said. “It’s where you belong and where thoughtful programs for girls educate the whole person.”
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.