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La Jolla High School Alumni Association Creates Scholarship Scholarship to Honor Principal J.M. Harvin

La Jolla High School Alumni Association announced a new scholarship created in honor of Principal J.M. Tarvin.

Principal J.M. Tarvin served as La Jolla High School's principal from 1984-1996. He also was a principal at Muirlands Middle School's from 1980-1984. Principal J.M. Tarvin lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 14, 2013.

Tarvin was a Navy veteran and enlisted right after high school where he was sent to Asia during the Korean conflict and was injured due to a plane crash. After his discharge, he used his GI Bill to attend the University of Nebraska and earned a Masters in education.

His passion for education was seen through his hands-on approach as a principal while providing the best education and learning environment possible. "He encouraged development of an independent foundation that raised money to support academic programs and sports teams alike. He stood for ethical conduct among students no cheating, no plagiarism, no racism and he encouraged kids to take personal responsibility, weigh their choices and make good decisions," Fran O'Neill Zimmerman told UT-San Diego, former San Diego Unified board member.

J.M. Tarvin is survived by his wife and best friend, Judy; his daughter Christy (Greg), his stepchildren James Bouck (Megan), Matthew Bouck (Lori), and Amy Vullo (Marc); sister Barbara Joyce Huddle (Clyde) and eight grandchildren with one on the way, according to his obituary.

J.M. Tarvin scholarship is a need-based scholarship and will be awarded annually to a graduating LJHS senior. Recipient criteria has not been finalized but will include personal and academic excellence.

Principal J.M. Tarvin scholarship contributions can be sent to La Jolla High School Scholarship Foundation, 750 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, CA 92037.

For more information, contact LJHS Alumni Association at 858-551-9871.

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