By Pat Clancy, Teacher and Asst. Football Coach, SHHS
When your principal calls you at 8:00 PM on a Friday night in the summer to ask for your father’s phone number, you know it’s probably not good news. Like many of my colleagues, I was shocked and saddened to learn of Jack Hontz’s sudden passing yesterday. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family today.
Over the coming days, we will hear countless testimonies of Jack’s contribution to the Strath Haven music community. The staggering numbers of students qualifying for PMEA all-region and all-state, as well as the numerous music teachers and band leaders he inspired over the years speaks to the strength of the music department he built. I want to approach his legacy from a different angle though.
At Strath Haven, we take pride in our students success in the three A’s – Academics, Arts, and Athletics. Jack Hontz was an integral part of melding these branches together.