In 38 years as a coach, teacher and administrator in the Glendale Unified School District until he retired in 1995, Ted Tiffany said he never had a bad day.
He can say the same thing about retirement in Genoa Lakes, NV, where he can play golf as much as he wants and look for opportunities to give back as much as he has received through public service. His resume in Glendale is long and distinguished, and he is adding to his legacy as a volunteer in several organizations in Carson Valley.
As a teenager at Glendale High, Tiffany balanced his love of athletics and his desire to volunteer by playing varsity basketball and baseball, and serving as student body president in 1952.
He treasured those years and later said they played an important role in preparing him for transfer to nearby Occidental College, where he was an All-American in basketball in 1957 and the Tigers all-time leading scorer. He also was the first player selected to the Occidental College men’s basketball hall of fame in 1985.
After graduating from Occidental, Tiffany started his teaching and coaching career at Clark Junior High and was promoted along the way to Rosemont Junior High, Crescenta Valley, Glendale and Allan F. Daily High School.
In 1981 when he was principal at Clark Junior High in La Crescenta, Tiffany ran and was elected to the Glendale College Board of Trustees. It was a pivotal time of change for the college as it was separating from the Glendale Unified School District and embarking on a tremendous period of growth as a community college.
Tiffany was no stranger to Glendale College. He was a student at the campus from 1952 to 1954 as well as an all-conference and team most valuable player for the Vaqueros basketball team, under head coach Abe Elliott. He was also a teammate of Glendale College hall of fame inductee Carl Boldt.
Tiffany said he regarded his years of service as a Glendale College Trustee from 1981 to `1994 were as fulfilling as anything else he has done as an educator of young men and women in Glendale. "I wanted to be involved in the college as a trustee because I felt I could help promote athletics as someone who was an alumnus of the college,’’ he said. "It was a wonderful time of growth at the college and one of the things I’m most proud of is helping the Glendale College Foundation get started with Dr. John Grande at the helm and seeing what great work it has done for the college over the years under Ann Ransford and a wonderful group of volunteers.’’