Jamal Hunt by Ken Alley, Visual Arts Teacher
Jamal Hunt grew up in Santa Cruz, primarily on the Westside, and attended PCS graduating in the class of 2005. Upon leaving PCS, Jamal attended UC Berkeley, earning a BA in Political Science. During his time in Berkeley, Jamal gained an appreciation for both music and film—averaging watching a film a day for four years. This was either genius in stress reduction, avoidance of schoolwork, or a means to exploring the medium of film at a very high level. Jamal returned to PCS to teach in 2011.
Jamal is passionate about music—playing several instruments, and in building an eclectic collection of records and recordings in a variety of genres. As a dog enthusiast, Jamal is often found with his two dogs, Maybe and Harpo, and these days, with a foster dog named Shelby. Jamal also enjoys cooking, watching films, reading (“Reading is the most direct way to be inside someone’s head."), and rock climbing.
What does the future hold for Jamal? Mr. Hunt might go back to university, he would like to learn to draw better, and he’s working on being more content in, and accepting of, the world. Jamal likes to let his mind wander towards ideas of consciousness, engaging friends in philosophical conversations to determine what he thinks and perhaps why. Jamal describes himself as being thrifty, as a person that doesn’t like to waste stuff, and he’s idiosyncratic in a variety of ways—public and private—that he’s aware and unbothered by.
He has a recent passion for Sumo Wrestling. His father is a Sumo aficionado, and his love for the sport has rubbed off on Jamal. If you want to buy Jamal a drink at a bar, order a glass of Bunnahabhain 12 Whiskey, neat, and you’ll have a friend for life.