La Jolla High School students move the tassels on their caps at the June 13 commencement ceremony. BLAKE BUNCH/VILLAGE NEWS
Longtime La Jolla resident inducted into the California Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Honorees
The California Baseball Coaches Association (CBCA) names longtime local high school baseball coach, David Glassey, as one of its Hall of Honorees recipients this year. A ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 16 at 5 p.m. at the University of California, San Diego baseball stadium during the annual North South Series.
For nearly 40 years, Glassey has coached high school baseball at Francis Parker School in San Diego, winning several California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships, as well as sending many of his players to play at the collegiate level and professionally.
“I enjoy the challenge that comes with coaching and watching the players come together as a team. It has been rewarding to see them mature and become successful adults,” said Glassey. “Coaching gives me the opportunity to help them learn how to deal with failure. Baseball is a game of failure; you fail more than you succeed. I love seeing the dedication of players and seeing them learn many of life's lessons.”
Dedicated to his coaching craft, Glassey has a career record of 612 wins, one of the top five San Diego County high school baseball coaches with the most wins. He has won nine CIF championships and CIF runner up seven times throughout his career. Some of his recent players who went on to professional baseball careers include Nick Allen who was drafted by the Oakland A’s in 2017, as well as Nick Noonan and Jose Vizcaino for the San Francisco Giants, and Kyle Dowdy for the Detroit Tigers. Along with these players, many others have gone to play at the college level.
With all of his success, the San Diego native will retire in 2018 as the varsity baseball coach at Francis Parker School, where the team finished 22-10 and played CIF’s Division 2 Championship.
“It's been fun to see the successes my players had not only in baseball, but also in their lives and careers. I hope that in some way, I have influenced their success,” said Glassey.
Here are some of what Glassey’s former students say about him:
“Congrats, Coach! You deserve it. Your guidance and friendship changed lives, mine for sure. The best coach and actually the only person who will always be ‘coach’ on and off the field,” said Jeff Hiekkola.
“He has made a difference in a lot of lives, including mine. I wouldn’t be who I am today,” said Ben Coughlan, a San Diego trial attorney and partner with The Gomez Firm.
“What makes Coach great is the impact he’s had on the lives of so many young men and women, and the role model he has been and continues to be,” said Patrick Styles.
“An honor and privilege to play for and coach with. Forever grateful,” said Greg LaBarre.
“I think all Parker players throughout the years can vouch that Coach Glassey is one of the best high school coaches in San Diego history,” said Pat McQuinn.
In addition to Glassey, Charles Hatfield of Chatsworth High School will also be inducted into CBCA’s 2018 Hall of Honorees. Other notable San Diego County honorees over the last three decades include David Gonzalez with Eastlake High School, Rob Phillips with Grossmont High School, Steve Vickery with El Capitan High School, Manny Hermosillo with Montgomery High School, and Dennis Pugh with Mission Bay High School.
For more information about the North South Series and the 2018 induction ceremony, visit www.calcba.com.
The Bishop’s School appoints Ron Kim as 12th head of school
The Bishop’s School board of trustees and the school’s head of school search committee recently announced the appointment of Ron Kim as Bishop’s next head of school. Following a highly competitive national search process, Kim was selected to begin his term as Bishop’s 12th head of school in summer 2019, the start of the School’s 111th year.
Kim brings a wealth of experience in school leadership, student-centered pedagogy and inclusive education principles. He is currently the head of school at Basis Independent McLean (BIM), a preschool—12th grade school in McLean, Va. Prior to BIM, Mr. Kim spent 23 years at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he held various administrative and teaching roles during his distinguished career; the most recent were assistant principal, dean of faculty, history instructor and girls’ varsity basketball coach. He was the youngest dean of faculty ever appointed at Exeter. Mr. Kim grew up in Southern California and earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago.
Chair of the Bishop’s head of school search committee Barbara Edwards says, “Kim’s passion for education guided by values, ethics and inclusive principles, and the impact that arts and athletics can have on students at a formative point in their lives speak directly to the mission of The Bishop’s School.”
“Students will be successful in the future, in part because of their academic achievements and intellectual resources, but also because of their ability to collaborate, to connect with people who are different from themselves and to be devoted to the well-being of others,” Kim said. “The most meaningful educational experience provides students with the opportunity in class, on the fields or on a stage to succeed, fail, bounce back and know that, as a supportive community, we will go farther together than we would alone.”
Bishop’s board president Annette Bradbury adds, “Kim’s warmth and ease were apparent from the moment he set foot on campus, and his authenticity and humor resonated with administrators, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and trustees.”
As was announced in November 2017, current Bishop’s head of middle school Carol Barry will serve as interim head of school for the 2018-2019 school year, and Mr. Kim will join Bishop’s in summer 2019.
Barnard Elementary hosts first ‘International Food and Culture Night’
Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School held its first “International Night” on June 1, which filled the school’s auditorium with students and their families eager to taste culinary delights from more than twenty countries, including Poland, England, Greece, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Ireland, and, of course, China.
There were also cultural performances on the stage. Highlights included Russian and Flamenco dancing, tae kwon do, and a folk song about the Hebrew alphabet. Many attendees wore their family’s national dress. For some, this meant wearing clothing that showcased more than one culture, hinting at the diversity found within the families themselves.
“People may assume that our school’s culture is predominantly Chinese because of the nature of our immersion program,” said parent Love Zubiller. “But it’s not. Barnard is a school with so much diversity. Our ‘International Night’ is one way that we can showcase and celebrate the many cultures and rich diversity of our amazing community.”
While attendees had their fill of kimchee, arroz con leche, and matzoh ball soup, it only left them hungry for more. Planning for next year’s “International Night” has begun, and the excitement –and aroma of Russian pryaniki gingerbread—is already filling the air.
For information on Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School, or to find out about the District’s School Choice program, visit sandiegounified.org/barnard.
'Echoing Light,' Astrid Preston works at new R.B. Stevenson Gallery locale
The R.B. Stevenson Gallery recently announced the exhibition "Echoing Light" by Los Angeles artist Astrid Preston at their new main level space at 7661 Girard Ave. The opening reception for the Artist will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 5 to 8 pm.
This exhibition is the second solo presentation of Preston's work at R.B. Stevenson Gallery. An illustrated catalog will accompany the show with an essay by Robert L. Pincus.
"These paintings – and their titles – coax us into paying attention – not only to the paintings, which richly reward such scrutiny, but also to the details of the world at large," Pincus writes. "Preston assembles the elements of her paintings into a poetic whole; the image is permeated by a perception of how beauty, physical and perhaps metaphysical, which manifests itself in gardens, assumes an even more inspiring form in Preston’s new paintings."
Where: 7661 Girard Ave.
When: Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
Contact: 858-459-3917 www.rbstevensongallery.com.