Harvey Tonn

A 1955 Crater High School graduate, Harvey Tonn spent all twelve years of his early schooling in School District #6 and, professionally, was to spend 33-years in a variety of teaching and administrative positions in the same school district. Harvey led an active life while at Crater, being a multiple-sport athlete, participating in student government and enjoying club activities, including the Letterman’s Club and the Yearbook staff.  His athletic claim to fame was being the quarterback on the 1953 football team that was first to defeat Medford High School. He was selected to the All Conference teams in three sports and earned 10 varsity letters. Harvey remembers his Crater time, “I loved school life but did not care much for studying, book reports and term papers. I was an honor student but not a great student.” After graduation from Crater, Harvey first attended Southern Oregon College and then moved on to Linfield College where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1960.  Later, he returned to Southern Oregon for a Master’s degree and then picked up his administrative license from the University of Oregon.  Harvey continued his athletic pursuits in college, playing basketball and baseball at Southern and baseball at Linfield. In 1964 he landed his first job in District #6 as a physical education teacher at then Central Point Junior High School. He remembers taking a pay cut from leaving the logging industry to teach, but he found out that he loved teaching and coaching. During his career he was to coach football, basketball, baseball, track and field and golf. In 1968 Scenic Junior High opened with Harvey continuing to teach but then took on the Vice Principal and Athletic Director Duties. In 1978 he was named Principal of Scenic Junior High, later Scenic Middle School. He was to remain in this position until his retirement in 1997. Even with his busy administrative schedule Harvey found time to give back to his community. He started 37 high school District track meets as well as many large invitational track meets in southern Oregon, including 43 consecutive Crater Classic track and field meets. For 37 years he worked the finish line for the annual Pear Blossom 10-mile run and has been the statistician for the Crater football team for the past 41 years. Mr. Tonn has been for 22-years a member of either the Fire District #3 Budget Committee or Board of Directors. He currently serves as President of the Board. He is a 34-year member of the Central Point Rotary Club, serving in a number of roles, including Club President. And one cannot forget that he is a co-founder of the Crater Foundation and has served as its President since it started in 1992. The list of Harvey’s Awards are many: In 1996 he received the John Pence Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year Award; in 1997 he was inducted into the Crater Athletic Hall of Fame and was named the Central Point Citizen of the Year; in 1999 he received from the Oregon Athletic Directors Association, the “Distinguished Service to High School Athletics” award and then in 2013 he received the “Community Service Award” from the Oregon High School Athletic Coaches Association. When reflecting on his years teaching, coaching and being an administrator in School District #6, Harvey is emphatic, “I never in 33 years had a day that I didn’t look forward to going to work. I loved the kids, the tremendous community support and the people I worked with.”