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A lasting legacy

In 1972 Title IX, a portion of the Educational Amendments that bans sex discrimination in schools, whether in sports or academics, was passed into law. After its passage, Jan High became a vocal advocate for its regulation.

Jan spearheaded the efforts of the women coaches to ensure that the college was in compliance with title IX,” said track and field coach Julie Ferrara-Jones

High, 77, died January 9 of cancer. High, who coached basketball, golf and swim during her time at City College, was born in Modesto, Calif. the third of five children. Her father was a heavy equipment

operator and her mother a homemaker.

Lisa Baudin,   a friend of High as well as the City College women’s track coach, remembers her colleague as an innovator.

“Jan was a proponent of equality in athletics before title IX was enacted,” says Baudin.

High received a master’s degree in physical education from California State University, Sacramento after graduating from California State University, San Jose. She taught for 11 years at Sacramento High School before joining the faculty at Sacramento City College in 1969.

While coaching the women’s basketball team in the 1970’s and 1980’s High posted a record  185. She led the team to postseason play every year after women’s playoffs were started.

High also coached the women’s swim team as well as the golf team which she helped found in1995. High was the women’s athletic director when Tim Kiernan who now coaches the women’s golf
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“Jan was a friend and a mentor, ”Kiernan recalls.

High’s career as a coach and educator spanned more than forty years and during her 32  year tenure at City College her duties extended beyond coaching as she was also a Physical Education teacher, women’s  athletic director and interim dean of physical education.

In 1985 she was named coach of the year by the California Community College Athletic Association. In 2007 she was inducted into the City College Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the CCCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Christian Brothers LaSalle Club hall of fames.

High’s love of sports was shown one last time in her family’s choice of pallbearers. Five of her pallbearers were former members of her sports teams.]The sixth, longtime friend and co-worker Girta Davis, never played for High, but that didn’t stop the coach from helping her.

“Jan used her own time to coach me in softball. She loved sports,” Davis says.

Even though High retired in 2001,she showed her love for City College by coming and helping out the athletic department whenever possible.

Joanne Walker, High’s sister, said, “Jan bled red and gold.”

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