VACAVILLE, CA – Vacaville High School held a vigil Saturday evening to honor a beloved teacher, coach and friend.
Coach Steve Green has led, inspired and been an icon at the high school for the past 32 years. He coached the football team, welcomed freshmen to their new school as the dean of the freshman class and taught English.
“There are generations of people who have fond memories and who believe they have a better life because they knew Mr. Green,” Principal Ed Santopadre said. “He’s the kind of person who taught kids, their mothers and fathers, and maybe their grandparents. He’s been here that long.”
Green died Friday night after losing his battle with lymphoma. He had been fighting the cancer for the past few years.
“He had done better. He came back to work. He taught an entire school year,” Santopadre said. “We thought he was on the road to recovery and then this summer, fairly quickly, he got sick. It just devastated us.”
During his battle against cancer, students showed him their support by selling bracelets. They raised nearly $25 hundred dollars. They donated all of it to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in his name.
Many students, staff, and administrators agree that Green was the heart and soul of Vacaville High School. He led pep rallies. Using his booming voice, he would get students pumped up by yelling out “who ya rooting for!?” to which students would answer “Vaca High School!”
Lots of people also remember Green for always reciting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream speech” on campus every third week of January.
Green would have turned 57 next week.