Kufnerland Dedicated at HCHS


In honor of coach John Kufner serving 37 years coaching sports at Happy Camp High School, the football field was recently dedicated to him. After 30 years of teaching science and P.E. classes, John Kufner plans to retire at the end of the school year.

“John Kufner has been a driving force of the school long before he started teaching 30 years ago. This takes an amazing amount of caring and dedication to the students, the school and the community. The countless hours of practice, discussions, films, and meetings are going to go away, I have wondered what he was going to do with his spare time, said Alan Dyar, principal at Happy Camp High School.

Kufner replied, “There is always a golf course nearby.”

Coach Kufner’s focus on the 15 principles of pursuing victory with honor speaks volumes as to the measure of the man. He especially exemplifies the six core principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship. It’s what he is all about, added Mr.Dyar.

Special thanks to Kevin Harrison, Justin “Spanky” Markham, Ethan Cook, Seth Pine, Corey Barnett, and Brandon McCartney for making the sign. Also Mardee Tower, Charley Reed, Florence Peters, Jessie Camareno, Rio Lloyd, and Kyle Carney as sanders. Superintendent Mike Matheson congratulated Mr. Kufner from the Siskiyou Union High School District. Former principal, Jay Clark, also shared recollections of Coach Kufner’s influence on students of the past.

3 comments

  • david brown

    could happen to only one other guy, not talking about my brother, although someone needs to recognize what happened to all the students Hokanson & Kufner influenced over this last 2 1/2 generations, without him, we wouldn’t have won in ’77, Thanks much Kuf!

  • Muskoka

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kufner last year through my son, and he has always been a joy to talk to. His support towards the students is well documented in the school’s history. He will be missed but remembered. Happy retirement!

  • Robert Miller

    I had the pleasure of going to High School with John & Linda. Lord that was a long time ago. He put in many years coaching & deserves the honor. WAY TO GO My FRIEND!

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