In Memory

Clifford Merrill Green

The 1965 Copa de Oro was dedicated to Mr. Merrill Green


In appreciation of his thirty-eight years of service to South Pasadena High School, the 1965 Copa de Oro is respectfully dedicated to Mr. Merrill Green.

In his thirty-three years of active teaching, Mr. Green has taught history, geography, and physical education.  He is best remembered, however, for his coaching of the basketball, football, and baseball teams.  For twenty-five years he served as sponsor of the "S" Club, and has been Junior Class co-ordinator, Commission advisor, and a member of the Southern California Football Officials Association.

Since his retirement five years ago, Mr. Green has returned as an official timer for both Varsity and "B" Football, and Varsity and "B" Basketball.  He has also devoted much of his time to substitute teaching.

His brilliant teaching career, plus his active participation in numerous community activities, equal an asset to both the school and the community.  All of us at South Pasadena High School join in thanking Mr. Green for his years of devoted service and wish him a happy and successful future.


C. Merrill Green of South Pasadena passed away July 25, 1969. 

Born in Iowa he was a resident of this area the past forty-two years and coach and teacher at South Pasadena High School from 1927 to 1961.

He is survived by his wife Marguerite Green; one daughter, Patricia White of San Gabriel; three grandchildren and one brother, Raymond H. Green of Long Beach.

Pasadena Star-News, July 27, 1969


The following article is from the September 17, 1969 edition of the Pasadena Star-News

South Pasadena Coach Honored By Scholarship Fund

A South Pasadena city councilman and former student of the late C. Merrill Green announced this week he had set up a scholarship honoring the former South Pasadena High School coach who died in July.

Councilman Frank Randall, Oak Street, established the $12,500 scholarship which annually will provide an outstanding senior high athlete with an estimated $700.  Randall played football under Green before graduating in 1948.  He expressed the hope that other individuals, organizations, and commercial firms will join in building the fund to a point where an award can be made each year and the grant continued to the recipient each year of his college career.

"I was greatly saddened by the passing of Coach Green as I'm sure all his friends and acquaintences were," said Randall.  "Coach Green was coaching at the high school before I was born and he continued for many years after my graduation.  It seems to me that the name of someone who was an inspiration to so many young men for so many years should not be forgotten.  I could think of no better way than through a scholarship to be awarded for good sportsmanship."

Green coached at the high school for nearly 30 years before his retirement in 1961.  He remained active in after-school sports until his death at 74 this summer.

The fund will be administered by a three-man board of trustees who eventually will serve three-year terms expiring at different intervals.  Serving on the initial board will be Randall three years; Dr. Forest Fouts, school superintendent, two years, and Judge W. Cloyd Snyder, one year.

At their discretion more than one award may be provided in any year.  The amount of one or more awards will be determined by the trustees.  The board will select a winner from among athletes in the graduating class recommended by a sub-committee.

Qualifications considered for the monetary award will include sportsmanship, athletic performance, character, attitude, scholarship, and financial need.  Major emphasis for selection of a trophy winner will be on athletic performance, sportsmanship, and character.

Arrangements for contributions to the fund may be made through the school superintendent's office.

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04/17/11 06:02 PM #1    

Jack Allen (1945)

 He was a dedicated coach and mentor.

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