La Quinta High School hosted its 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Night on Friday, Dec. 1.
The evening was held to honor and induct into La Quinta’s Hall of Fame two former teacher coaches, Jim Perry and Larry James, who were previously named to the CIF Hall of Fame. The two coaches had a tremendous impact on La Quinta’s athletic program and on generations of students at La Quinta.
Jim Perry was the athletic director at La Quinta for 28 years and served as basketball coach for about half his tenure. Larry James taught at La Quinta for more than 40 years, and was the first volleyball coach at La Quinta High School.
He is amongst the winningest volleyball coaches ever across Orange County.
During the ceremony, La Quinta High School Principal Denise Halstead also launched a historic campaign called “Project Legacy,” a multiyear endeavor drawing on the time, talent, and treasure of alumni and the community with the mission of enhancing the student experience, connecting students with the school’s rich history, and providing new internship, scholarship and job experience opportunities.
The Hall of Fame evening was sponsored by 1976 La Quinta High School alumni Gary Crisp, President/CEO and Founder of Crisp Imaging.
Crisp is involved in the marketing and branding aspect of “Project Legacy” through his premier reprographics company. Crisp urged alumni to get involved and give back to La Quinta High School. The evening ended with La Quinta’s boys varsity basketball team’s 63-39 victory over Orange.
“Over the last 50 years, people like Larry and Jim, the alumni in the stands, the community, and others who couldn’t be here tonight have helped to build a rich legacy at LQ,” said Principal Denise Halstead.
“Now we find ourselves at such an exciting time for our school. As we begin building the next 50 years of La Quinta history in a new state of the art…