ARPD Park Director
A number of park directors had long and distinguished careers with the ARPD. Barry Weiss is one of those individuals. The Denver native was first and foremost a teacher. Many park rats across the island had a chance to learn the game from him. Barry coached numerous championship ARPD baseball teams, as well as at St. Philip Neri School (CYO). Actually, there are few sports that Barry has not taught, and taught well, over the years.
Weiss was known to devour sunflower seeds by the barrel. More than one mischievous park rat spent time behind the broom whisking Weiss-droppings off the park office floor. The Cal State Hayward grad was also generous with his free time, often helping kids with their homework.
After his ARPD days came to an end, he moved on to teach and coach at St. Joseph’s High School before becaming the park & recreation kingpin for the City of San Carlos. Today, Barry is still involved in the field he loves as a much sought after recreation consultant.
Tours of Duty: Krusi (1968-69), Edison (1970)
“I used to be a runner for Park Director Barry Weiss’ Coca-Cola/sunflower seeds fix. He’d buy me a Coke if I went to the market for him.”
“Barry was our first coach and my all-time favorite. ‘Hustle up!’ ‘Look alive!’ ‘Lose a baseball, run a lap.’ Possibly the originator of ‘I’ll buy, you fly.’ That would be to Young’s Market, of course. Is America still that great? Sometimes I doubt it.”
I can honestly say that Barry Weiss was the person who taught me how to “learn” in school.