As the school year gradually approaches its end and summer gets closer, we start to see a lot of things that won’t be the same when we return in August. Besides changing schedules and losing our seniors, we will also lose one of the greats at Logan High: Mr. George Duersch.
Mr. Duersch has been teaching for a total of 40 years. He started in 1976 at Dugway High School where he coached football, basketball, and track for 3 years. Duersch began teaching at Logan Junior High in 1980, and in 1984, when the freshmen were transferred down to Logan High, he came here where he has taught ever since, making it a total of 33 years at Logan High.
“Get involved in activities; the more activities you’re involved with the more memories you’re going to have. Get away from your cell phones for a while. Turn off your Macbooks. Get away from your video games. Go outside and have an enjoyable time with nature.”
Duersch shared what it was that made him want to become a teacher, “The main reason was my high school coach; he was a great influence in my life. Him helping me, I wanted to be able to help students also. I wanted to get into a profession that was working with students, student athletes, and I wanted to get into coaching, and the way to get into coaching was to be a teacher.”
Duersch started coaching track in 1976 at Dugway high school and has done it straight through until this year. “I ran track in high school as a sophomore and I enjoyed it. When I went out to Dugway High School that was one of the requirements, to be a track coach. From then on I stayed with it.”
Duersch attended Snow Junior College where he played football and was an assistant track coach. He then served a two-year mission and returned to Snow where he graduated and soon after transferred to Utah State University where he got his bachelor’s degree in physical education, sciences, zoology, and also his Master’s.
Other than the two years in Washington D.C. and the three years at Dugway High School, Duersch has lived in Logan, UT all of his life. He attended Logan High and graduated class of 1969.
Duersch commented on a few of his favorite LHS traditions “Several of the traditions that were my favorites are no longer here. One of my favorites was the ‘beanie week’ for incoming sophomores. Sophomores wore beanies the entire first week of school and they couldn’t be taken away from you; I still to this day have mine. A few other favorites are the tradition of ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps), homecoming week and the bonfire, faculty parties, and the dances I was able to chaperone. Logan High has some very great traditions.”
After retiring, Duersch plans on taking care of his yard, spending more time around his home, and possibly doing more vacationing and traveling.
When asked what he would miss the most after retiring, Duersch replied, “The faculty at Logan High, and the many students that I’ve coached throughout the years. And of course I will miss my department. Our science department has been very close.”
Duersch ended our interview with some words of advice to the students: “Get involved in activities; the more activities you’re involved with the more memories you’re going to have. Get away from your cell phones for a while. Turn off your Macbooks. Get away from your video games. Go outside and have an enjoyable time with nature.”
Mr. Duersch has definitely left a lasting impact on Logan High. He will be missed, but we are so thankful for all that he has left behind.
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