By Cole Weinstein
During the halftime of the football game against Monrovia on November 6, 2015, Jim Harvey, “the voice of La Cañada,” was honored for his 43 years of service as a teacher, coach, mentor and announcer at La Cañada High School.
Whether you knew him as a sociology teacher, coach, announcer, substitute, or just a friendly face, “Harv” has left an impact on nearly every person who has walked the halls of La Cañada for the past 40 years.
“Jim is such an amazing man who really has lived and breathed all that is La Cañada,” explained Mr. McFeat. He really has the soul of a champion, and he’s really been the voice of La Cañada for many years. What a positive force in La Cañada and someone to be heralded and thanked for all of his hard work.”
“He always sees the best in kids and encourages all the other faculty to see that way as well.” said LCHS athletic director, Mrs. Kalb, who has worked with Harvey for many years.
But Mr. Harvey wasn’t just a kind man and a great teacher; he was “a walking encyclopedia of La Cañada history, sports, and otherwise. If you ever had a question of when something happened, you ask “Harv” and If you were lucky enough, he gave you a nickname and you treasured that always,” remarked Mrs. Kalb, nicknamed Kkalb9.
For his ceremony, Mr. Harvey was introduced by friend and former student “The Franchise,” a.k.a. RT Van Valer. He was also given a plaque honoring his service and a poster board of Facebook comments commending him on his contributions to the school.
“It's been a great experience. I love my career here at La Cañada I really enjoy being here on the campus. I love the students, the staff, the community and it's just been great. I just want to continue it and I am so thankful for the recognition. I really appreciate it,” said Mr. Harvey on his recognition.
Thank you, Mr. Harvey, for the 43 great years you’ve given us, and thank you for the many more to come.
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