Donald Grumfield—or “Coach Grumf,” as he was affectionately named by his ’84 state football champs—is, hands down, the most intimidating teacher at JFK High School. He’s also the most popular teacher and coach, thirty-eight years running.
What motivates you to teach history to teenagers after all these years?
The facts of history are not really the point. The point is there’s something to learn from history. To quote my favorite Brit, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” And I would add, those who do learn from it shape the future.
Ultimately, I’m motivated when I see students and athletes take responsibility for their lives—and that only happens when they exercise discipline everyday.