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MR. DAVE MORCK ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

 

Dave first stepped on the Pius X campus in 1968 when he and his brother, Howard '72, paid a visit while considering their high school choice.  That first step led to a lifelong association with Pius X, St. Matthias, and now PMA.  Before graduating in the Class of '74, he played frosh football, kept stats for the varsity, managed the basketball score book, and worked in the cafeteria in addition to academics.

 

Dave continued his education at nearby Cerritos College while working with Downey Parks and Recreation.  Over the next several years he held positions in catering, in a warehouse, and customer service with an electronics company.  During this time, he maintained a close relationship with his alma mater's athletics.

 

He returned to Cerritos College in 1984 to complete his A.A. degree.  His favorite pastimes included taking game videos for Warrior football, working the clock for home games, and keeping stats for girls' basketball.  He transferred to CSU Fullerton in 1986 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in History and a place on the dean's list upon graduation in 1988.  He added coaching girls' basketball and softball to his routine while he continued his education at CSUF earning his master’s degree in History in 1992.

 

In 1998 Dave subbed the French classes during a brief absence of the regular teacher.  Substituting for teachers became yet another item on his varied list of tasks.  Over the course of the next several years he taught AP European History, AP U.S. History, French, Science, served as librarian and tech coordinator, managed the bookstore, website and school calendar.  He continued his role with athletics throughout these years.  Our principal, Mrs. Zozaya, calls Dave her left-hand man.

 

Few can lay claim to being on board at 7851 Gardendale Street through all these years - from Warrior to Victorian and back to Warrior again!  Dave has enjoyed the ride along with his lifelong friend whom he has known since they were 4th graders at St. Raymond's, Bob Santisteven.  Together they have enjoyed the ride together and contributed so much to the success of several aspects of athletics as well as the school community.  

 

After "retirement" Dave plans to travel, continue his education through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSUF, develop his photography skills, get involved in our PMA Alumni Association and continue his commitment to Warrior athletics.  It's quite evident that good people like Dave, who have much to give just do not "retire."  Dave is as fine an example you will find of - "Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior."

 

PMA will hold a special blessing and tribute to Mr. Morck at the last school wide adoration of the year on Thursday May 23rd. Please contact gsantos@piusmatthias.org for further information.