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Jack Teele '52
B.A., Elementary Education

Jack Teele's portrait

Describe your college experience:

I was one of the first students to attend elementary school (Garfield), junior high (Washington), high school (Poly), community college (LBCC) and college (LBSC).  All of this without benefit of student loans or scholarships-and with thanks to the taxpayers of Long Beach.  We were true pioneers at LBSC in 1950.  Our classrooms were in two-story apartment buildings in Park Estates.  Later, we moved the present lower campus.

What activities or organizations were you involved in while attending LBSC?

I worked 40 hours a week at the Long Beach Independent, Press –Telegram throughout my four years of college so I had little time for school activities, but I did play on LBSC’s first-ever basketball and golf teams. Our basketball team was NOT talented, winning only one or two games. However, Coach Herman Schwarzkopf made it fun.

Which professor or staff made an impact on your academic or professional career and why?

Professor Yale Lorden and Mike Garver were inspirational and gung-ho motivators.  Toughest class was music because I am cursed with a “tin ear.”

Tell us something about the value and/or meaning of your CSULB experience?

One of the great honors of my life was being named “outstanding alumnus” in 1971.

What do you do today?

I am retired after 33 years as an executive in the National Football League.  I worked 21 years for the San Diego Chargers and two seasons as Chief Executive Officer of the Barcelona (Spain) Dragons.  Prior to working in football I worked for 10 years at the Long Beach Press-Telegram. I had two years of army services in the Counter Intelligence Corps in Japan.

What advice would you give to a current student today?

You are privileged to attend one of the finest schools in the nation-make the most of it.

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Photo of 1951 LBSC Men's Basketball Team. Jack Teele is #65.

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Photo of Jack Teele shaking hands with President and owner Daniel F. Reeves, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle and NFL Hall of Famer Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch.

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Photo of Jack Teele and his wife Marilyn, celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary this year on October 15th.


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