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Celebrate Life of Gaithersburg Coach John Harvill March 1

The public can attend a celebration of life for the late John Harvill on Saturday. The teacher and coach spent his education career at Gaithersburg.

The public can attend a celebration of life for the late John Harvill on Saturday. File|Patch
The public can attend a celebration of life for the late John Harvill on Saturday. File|Patch

A public Celebration of Life for the late John Harvill, a teacher and coach at Gaithersburg High School for almost five decades, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the school auditorium.

Harvill led the Trojans for 43 seasons, winning two state titles and compiling 312 victories before retiring in 2000, reports Gazette.Net. When he retired he was the all-time winningest football coach in the state.

Harvill led the Trojans to state titles in 1986 and 1992 and four undefeated seasons, says The Washington Post.

Harvill died Dec. 27 at age 88.

“He was a great leader of men and left a tremendous impression on thousands of people who played under and coached under him,” Gaithersburg coach Kreg Kephart told the Post in December. “He built a fantastic program at Gaithersburg and was a true pillar in the community.”

Harvill helped create the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association state playoffs in 1974, the newspaper said. Gaithersburg honored Harvill by naming its football stadium after him in 1996.

Jack Galvin February 25, 2014 at 09:09 AM
I never had the HONOR to play for Coach Harvill....But I had great talks with him at our breakfast stop (Village Green) in Gathersburg....What amazes me is he always remembered my name....ALWAYS....We talked MONTGOMERY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL for many a hours....R.I.P. COACH HARVILL..

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