At the end of the school year Steve Greif, a North Bend High School history teacher and track coach, will retire.
Also master of ceremonies for the Mr. Bulldog pageant, Greif
said he'll stick around a while.
But the one grand entrance people really remember is the time Steve Greif rode a brown horse that dropped horse apples on the gym floor at the start of the North Bend High School's Mr. Bulldog pageant.
For 11 years, Greif
has started the annual Mr. Bulldog pageant with a bang or a Yeehaw.
That tradition may soon come to a close.
In June, the history teacher will end his
31-year career at North Bend High School
That doesn't mean he's
letting go of his
master of ceremonies title just yet, but this is the beginning of the end.
'I still know so many kids at the high school," he
said. 'I'll try to help them a little bit longer."
, 56, said he
plans to pursue other goals.
That may include teaching community history classes at Southwestern Oregon Community College
and being more involved in the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum Center building project.
Greif serves on the board of directors for the Coos County Historical Society, in addition to coaching track, announcing football and basketball games and teaching a load of history and leadership classes.
A Class of 1972 Bulldog, Greif
enjoyed being part of the Mr. Bulldog tradition.
'I guess I'm a natural ham.
I have a fun time dressing up in costumes myself.
I also know it's a really big cause at the high school that I believe in," Greif
'I think that's just a tremendous testament to our community ... to the fact that our town has been so supportive," Greif
'Without Mr. Greif
the show probably would never run as smoothly as it does," O'Neil said.
Her mother, Kristi Erbele, who served as the Bulldog advisor for years, said Greif
won't let the students flounder on stage.
said the show will go on with or without him, but he
hopes that he
at least made a difference in his