Raul Garcia

Raul Garcia was born in McNary, Arizona in 1930 to Adrian and Maria Garcia. Adrian worked in the lumber mills at McNary and Flagstaff, Arizona for thirty-six years. The family moved to Flagstaff in the early thirty’s. Raul started playing in the men’s city softball and basketball leagues, The Northern Arizona Semi-pro Baseball League, and American Legion Baseball when he was fifteen years old.

Raul attended Flagstaff High School from 1945 through 1949. During his time at Flagstaff High School he excelled in four major varsity sports including: three years each in football, basketball, and baseball, and two years in track and field. Raul received several athletic honors including: “All Northern” First Team in football, Honorable Mention All Arizona “All State” in football, Flagstaff High School “Most Athletic” award, Flagstaff High School’s “Most Valuable” football player, and “Most Valuable” baseball player awards. Flagstaff High School Hall of Fame.

Raul attended Northern Arizona University form 1949 through 1953 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He also played one year of football and two years of baseball for NAU. He was drafted into the army in 1953 and served for two
years attaining the rank of Corporal and was honorably discharged in 1955. While he was
in the Army he also coached the company basketball team and played baseball.

Raul returned to Flagstaff, Arizona and NAU from 1955 - 57 and he worked on his Masters Degree and Administrative Certification classes. While at NAU he was assistant Varsity Men’s Basketball Coach and Assistant Athletic Trainer for varsity football.

The most important thing that happened in 1955 at NAU was that he met his wife, Celia Mae Wooldridge, when they both attended the same church and same classes in anatomy, physiology, and biology. After they married they had five children: Karlos Thomas, Leo Alan, Jon Paul, Marvin Raul, and Linda Janette. They all attended Coolidge schools and graduated from Coolidge High School.

Raul served the Coolidge School District for thirty-two years and spent the first fifteen years at Kenilworth School as a seventh grade teacher, boys’ Physical Education Teacher and coach for all boys’ sports teams.

In 1972 Raul went to Coolidge High School where he was Assistant Principal for two years, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director for seven years and Guidance Counselor for eight years. He coached several athletic teams and retired from CHS in 1989.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association presented Raul with an Honorary Life Time Pass given for recognition of thirty years of exemplary service for the youth of Arizona. Coolidge High School also awarded him a Lifetime Pass.

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