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Guitar Legend Santana Visits San Francisco Alma Mater

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Carlos Santana (Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) —- San Francisco’s Mission High School got a visit from a famous alumnus Monday — Carlos Santana, class of ’65, toured the school and met with its guitar club.

Santana gave a brief concert and jammed with members of the school’s guitar club in a visit to applaud the school for raising its test scores and achieving an 85 percent college acceptance rate among seniors last year, school district officials said.

Santana was joined on stage at the school by his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, along with members of the guitar club.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Pepe Mano, an 11th grader who performed with them, couldn’t quite believe it.

“He’s a god,” he said.

At the end of the concert, the Grammy Award-winning musician presented the school’s guitar club with 30 new guitars.

Santana said he was proud of Mission High and wants the students to become all they can.

“Turn off MTV,” he said. “Get into real life – Participate.”

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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