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Ken Israel: 1948-2013 Former Tokay coach, athletic director Ken Israel had sterling track record

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Ken Israel

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:00 am

As a coach, Ken Israel helped build Tokay High into a track and field powerhouse. As a teacher, he introduced countless students to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” — while making driver’s education not just manageable, but entertaining, with his humor.

As student government and activities director, he had a seemingly endless supply of school spirit, bringing in NBA mascots as part of unforgettable pep rallies.

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3 comments:

  • LaNia Brice posted at 10:13 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

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    Coach Israel was great! He always had a joke and he loved to win. I remember when he started the Grape Games and he and My Dad ran 1st and 2nd leg.He taught us how to be a team and work together to win. My senior year he took me to the Simplot Games in , Idaho and a Utah Jazz basketball game I will never forget all the track exposure he gave me. I still continue that attitude toward my adult challenges in life . God Bless and Keep his Family because he will be missed. I am a 1990 graduate of Tokay High School La'Nia Brice.

     
  • Gary Knackstedt posted at 7:50 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Gary Knackstedt Posts: 12

    Ken was a tough adversary on the field but when the competition was over you could count on him for support. Ken was the type of person that made the world a little better one kid at a time. I know he has impacted many students during his tenure at Tokay High School. He will certainly be missed.

     
  • Stacey Wiley posted at 5:57 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    staceywiley Posts: 1

    Ken (Mr. Israel) as I knew him was an amazing man and a great track coach. I was on the Tokay Track Team and graduated in 1996! During my time on the team we attended the Santa Barbara Easter Relays and I rode shotgun on the ride back! Ken introduced me to Gin Blossoms and I'm still a fan to this day! Regardless of who you were, Ken always knew how to relate to you. I will always have those memories with me! My thoughts and prayers go out to Ken's family in this time of loss.

     

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