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Title Oral History of Bruce Grant
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Proud Tamalpais High School teacher and track coach Bruce Grant was born in Hollywood, California in 1928. Three years later, Bruce’s family moved to Glendale, Los Angeles County, where he attended local schools and participated in track and field. Bruce first gained familiarity with Northern California while pursuing studies and athletics at the University of California, Berkeley and eventually chose to call the area home, in part due to the abundance of fresh air — a boon for his running. Both before and during his long teaching career, Bruce spent time sailing the South Seas with Matson Lines, a tourist and navigation company. He began his teaching at Sonoma High School, and in 1963, moved to Tamalpais High School as a history teacher and track and field coach. In the interview, Bruce describes major social changes that occurred during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s and how these changes manifested at the high school level and deeply impacted the community and culture at Tam High. He touches on a range of historical events, including the rise of hippie subculture, racial issues, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. Bruce also delves into his long-time role as a track and field coach. He recounts the changes he made to the athletics program and his drive to improve, and further recalls with detail and clarity the many accomplishments of Tam High track students.
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Dates of Creation 2011-07-23
Narrator's name Grant, Bruce
Interviewer Isley, Tom, with Stella Perone
Extent and Medium Transcript: 17pp
Recording: 01:06:57
Search Terms Bailey, Tony
Belden, Pete
Broderick, Linda
Civil rights
Civil rights - Marin County
Civil rights movements
Collier, John
Crawford, Chuck
Gaynor, Pat
Gold, Frank
Gustafson, George
Kayes, Kate
Krusinski, Clyde
Lee, Alan
Lewis, Carl
Maguire, Edna
Maxwell, Brian
Overfield, Casey
Powell, Adam Clayton
Race relations
Roach, Hale
Rockwell, George Lincoln
Rogers, Norm
Seyranian, Jennie
Sherman, Bob
Tamalpais High School
Tellis, Tommy
Track athletics
Vezie, Kreig
Vietnam War
Villasenor, Janice
Object ID 2016.045.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2011. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.