By Ashley MackinLa Jolla High School Vikings from the classes of 1951, 1952 and 1953 gathered at their alma mater June 10 to honor their former athletic coach, Samuel Walter Harvey.
The group unveiled a bronze plaque they hope to have installed on the campus for Harvey’s son and granddaughter to see. Each attendee contributed to have the plaque built. The school is looking into where and when the plaque might be installed.
Harvey, who passed away in February, coached at La Jolla High School 1948- 1953 and is in the Coaching Legends Hall of Fame at Balboa Park. “He was very inspirational,” said Ed Olsen, class of ‘53. “He was the reason I went into coaching.” Olsen coached high school, college and minor league baseball.
Jack Batzler, class of ‘51, added, “He was calm, cool and collected,” to which several attendees responded “here, here.”
His son, Samuel Walter Harvey Jr., told
La Jolla Light, “It’s an honor to see that my father is still remembered after all these years.” He said he remembered seeing former athletes from all the schools at which his father taught, including Crawford and Lincoln High Schools, visit him up until his death.
“Everyone talks so highly about my father. He was so well liked by all the athletes he coached,” his son said.