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Jeff Tracy, Tokay High School

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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 12:00 am

Q: What type of music do you listen to?

A: I love a wide variety of music and I'm always singing one-liners from songs in class while I'm lecturing. Students tell me not to give up my day job.

In August, my wife and I saw Sade with John Legend in concert and in October we saw Colbie Calliat.

My all-time favorite song is "Peaceful, Easy Feeling" by the Eagles. That sound describes me pretty well.

Q: How do you dress when you aren't in the classroom?

A: I dress totally casual ... shorts, T-shirt, and no shoes preferred.

Q: Did you play sports in high school or college?

A: I played football and basketball in high school. I'm originally from Southern California, so I tried to surf as much as I could during the spring and summer months. I received a football scholarship to University of the Pacific where I started my junior and senior year as a defensive back. After graduating from Pacific, I began teaching (30 years now) and coaching football (24 years total) at Tokay High. I continue to officiate college basketball and I still surf ... that's my favorite pastime.

Q: What are your favorite books?

A: One of my all-time favorite history-related books that most high school students have read is "To Kill a Mockingbird." After reading this book, students should understand the negative role that racism plays in preventing equality, and they should realize that this just isn't right; it's not fair.

Q: Who is your favorite actor?

A: I'm not sure I have a favorite actor ... Denzel Washington comes to mind. Lately, my favorite person on TV is Brian Williams on NBC's "Nightly News." I just love his honesty, integrity and compassion for others.

Q: What is a dream you have or something you would like to accomplish in your life?

A: My dream, besides world peace, is for my wife, my two sons, and my three step-daughters to all be happy and content with their lives ... and just like me, I believe they truly are. We are all blessed.

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