Newark school officials have announced plans to honor Rich Swift, a longtime high school football coach who died Wednesday, eight days after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
First, the flags at Newark Memorial High and the Newark Unified School District office will fly at half-staff through Friday in honor of Swift, said Dave Marken, Newark’s superintendent of schools.
The district also has set up a fund for an annual scholar-athlete award. Donations made in Swift’s name can be mailed to the district office, at 5715 Musick Ave., Newark, CA 94560; or to Newark Memorial High School, at 39375 Cedar Blvd., Newark, CA 94560. Each spring, a scholar-athlete will be honored at Newark Memorial’s awards night, Marken said.
Also, a memorial service for Swift will be held next month in the high school’s Event Center, though its time and date have not yet been decided, Marken said. In the meantime, Marken encourages mourners to drop off flowers or remembrances at the flagpole at the district office.
Swift was the only football coach in Newark Memorial High’s history. He started at Newark High in 1978 and continued as head coach when it merged with Memorial High in 1983. He was 60.