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Message at the Ballpark is a Proud Moment for Eagle Rock High

Bet you didn't know about an anonymous teacher at ERHS who has been taking his seniors to Dodger games in June for years—from his own pocket.

At 10:17 p.m. on the night of Monday, June 11, during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the massive scoreboard at Dodger Stadium pictured above flashed 44 characters comprising a one-of-a-kind tribute to students who will be graduating from this month.

The message—“CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2012 ERHS”—is also a compliment to a longtime teacher at Eagle Rock who must go unnamed, not just because he’s “a modest person from the ‘old school of good works’ who believes that virtue is its own reward” but also because it was he who arranged this historic moment, according to Shakespeare scholar Stephan Early, who teaches English at the school, and who brought this incident to Patch’s attention.

For years, this anonymous teacher has been taking his seniors to see the Dodgers play in June—entirely from his own pocket. “He always gives the students the tickets and tells them to meet him at the Ballpark,” says Early, adding: “He makes it a point of not having it be an ‘official’ school trip because he can't stand the bureaucracy and paper work.”

In fact, the good teacher in question was reluctant to share this photograph “and only relented when I promised not to use his name,” says Early, who was himself in the news recently in connection with a neighborhood issue marked by some rather unpleasant name-calling.

Patch thinks it speaks for many people when it says that it’s teachers such as this nameless one who make Eagle Rock High the special institution it has always been.

Dawn McNeal June 14, 2012 at 03:17 PM
That is so awesome of this teacher to be so generous with the students of ERHS. I am proud to be a graduate, class of '77!
Bob G June 14, 2012 at 05:15 PM
A wonderful act of generosity. Since the teacher chooses to stay anonymous, I hope he will accept the gratitude of the community through the Patch / Comments expression of thanks.
Cathy Reyes June 14, 2012 at 11:34 PM
my daughter is graduating this year from ERHS and I wish she would have known about this, she would have loved to have gone with the group and I would have paid her way. I wish it wasn't such a secret.

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