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Pat Carroll, GHS Teacher, Coach, and Vice Principal

GHS 1962-1977
GHS P.E., Math Teacher 1962-1971
Football Coach 1962-1964 (Backfield); 1966-1967 Head Coach
GHS Vice Principal 1971-1977
Mt. Miguel Vice Principal 1977-1978
Principal at Monte Vista 1978-85 and Mount Miguel 1986-91
1991 GUHSD Assistant Superintendent

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From Colleague Yolanda Lopez

“I had a rewarding experience while Pat Carroll was a Vice Principal at Grossmont High School. I was a Spanish teacher who taught not only the Spanish language, but the Mexican culture as well. In my academic and fun cultural activities, it was customary for all five of my classes to enjoy taquitos and break the pinatas that were hanging from my classroom ceiling. There were five pinatas for five classes. (I always adhered to the educational guidelines with a required Spanish vocabulary test and a short essay….pushing it to the limit but not crossing the line.) During these cultural activities, Pat Carroll and Vern Finch would come and stand at my classroom doorway. This meant that they were entitled to some taquitos…. A little friendly extortion, perhaps?????!!!!” Read Entire Remembrance

From Daughter Lesa Carroll

“Long before Pat retired, he had a dream of moving to Texas with his best friend and love of his life, Deannie, whom he met when he was 14. That dream was realized when upon retirement Pat and Deannie moved to Fritch, Texas, and built a beautiful home on Lake Meredith. Now their entire family lives nearby.

It was important to Pat to give back to their new community, so he took advantage of several different volunteer service opportunities. He provided handyman services for a nearby retirement community, served as president of their homeowners’ association, was an election judge for their county, and his favorite opportunity was as a weather spotter for the local TV station.” Read Entire Remembrance

From GHS Retiree Carol Lockwood

“I can still see him walking next to the Band at the 1961 Rose Parade. We were in the stands. He was so proud.”

From GHS Alumni

“ He was such a great teacher, coach, and administrator”

“ A knowledgeable, skillful, and principled educational leader.”

“I spent some time in his office. Firm, but fair.”

“Always a kind person.”

Patrick W. Roberts

GHS Industrial Arts And Math Teacher, 1964-1992, And Football Coach

For 28 years, Pat Roberts was a GHS football coach and metal and woodworking and math teacher. Former students fondly recall him for his commitment, honesty, and sense of humor.

First as an assistant defensive coach beginning in 1964 and then as head coach from 1968-1981, Pat guided Foothiller football teams to three league championships, and in 1970, they were CIF runner up, and in 1971 CIF champions. After retirement, in 1997-98, Pat returned as head coach for one year.

Several retirees recalled that “Pat had the greatest exit from teaching…he had his horse in the quad area outside the library during the end of the year faculty meeting. At the meeting’s end, he mounted the horse, the horse reared up and then Pat rode off in to the sunset…. Well, at least he headed west at 1 pm.”

March 16 SDUT Article

Memorial Service (from SD Union Tribune obituary)

Patrick "Coach" Roberts passed away on March 1, 2023 at the age of 86. He was a resident of San Diego for over 60 years and a Head Football Coach and teacher at Grossmont High School for 28 years. Pat is survived by his sons, Mike (wife Shanon), Randy, Patrick (wife Jess), Grant (wife Janna) and daughter Cameron (husband Matt), as well as 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Pat's Life on Sunday, April 2, 2023, from 2:00pm - 6:00pm at the Admiral Baker Clubhouse, 2400 Admiral Baker Rd. Bldg. 3604 in San Diego.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferred). You may also text Mike at 925-525-5847.

Robert Cordry

Robert Cowan Cordry (05/15/1922 - 03/04/2013) taught at GHS for 10 years and then on to El Cajon HS and Monte Vista High.