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Larry Hallum attended Bakersfield College from 1961-63 during which time he was a 2 year tennis letterman, was named outstanding social studies student, participated in the Student Government, and was a proud Renegade Knight member
He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and served in the US army in Vietnam from 1969-70.
He returned to Kern County and became an integral part of the education team at Arvin High school, where he devoted the next 38 years of his life.
During that time he:
I would like to nominate Larry Vernon Hallum who attended Bakersfield College from 1961-1963 and received his A.A. degree.
At B.C. Larry was Freshman Class Boys Rep. to the ASB and Sophomore Class Vice-President; member of Renegade Knights Service Organization, selected as the Outstanding Social Studies Student in 1963; Dean's List all four semesters; lettered in Boys Tennis both years; performed in two plays directed by Dr. Frank Watron and Henry Horwege, the Male Animal and Summer and Smoke; with Letters of Recommendation from Dr. John Collins, was accepted to attend Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and chose the University of Oklahoma.
Larry was graduated from O.U. in 1966 with a major in history and a double minor in French and Spanish. Hired by the Kern High district in January, 1966, Larry taught at Arvin High all Thirty-six years with two years in the U.S. Army from 1969-1970 with service in the Americal Division in Combat Recon in Duc Pho, Vietnam. Larry retired in 2004 and does post-retirement coaching for the We The People...Constitution Teams at Arvin and other district high schools.
Since 2009, Larry has volunteered as an Assistant Coach at Arvin and tutored the Constitution Teams at South, Miramonte, West, Ridgeview, and Centennial.
During Larry's tenure at Arvin High, he has taught U.S History, U.S.Government, World History, Geography; coached Frosh Football for twenty years, Boys Tennis for 10 years; We The People Constitution Team for twenty-six years, Mock Trial for five years, Academic Decathlon for five years, Frosh Baseball and Wrestling for one year, Senior Adviser for thirty years, Senior Follies Director for twenty-seven years, Varsity Football Stat Keeper for twenty years, Faculty Club President, Site Council Member, and Volunteer Sports Writer.
Awards include: Jim Burke Foundation Teacher of the Year, Arvin High Teacher of the Year, Arvin High Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee for Athletics and Coaching, Arvin Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, . Arvin City Council Citizen of the Year, and the We The People...State of California Award for Service to the Program.
Larry's community participation includes: Founding and Life Member as well as Past President and Vice-President and presently Membership Chairman of the Arvin High Alumni Association, Adviser to Kern County Student Leadership Program at Arvin High in conjunction with the Link Crew Club, Arvin Exchange Club, Arvin VFW, Volunteer at the Chuck Chamberlain and Frank Barle Golf Tounaments, Arvin Alumni, Bakersfield College Forrest Frick, and Rocky Handy Scholarship Committees, Battle of the Books Judge and M.C., Henry Greve Oral Language Competition local judge, Arvin High We the People Assistant Coach( which finished 2nd in the state of California Finals and 12th in the Nation at the 2013 Competition in Washington, D.C.), History Day Judge for the KC Superintendent of Schools, and Volunteer Leader at Summer Vacation Bible School, Greeter, Hospital Visitation, former Scholarship Committee and Awana at First Presbyterian church.
-- Phil Baird