Dr. Jerry Howell was born in Oklahoma along with two younger sisters and a younger brother.
Born in Oklahoma, he was an 'Okie', constantly rejected by others and disliked by many as a result of his family’s migration from Oklahoma to California due to the terrible condition the Dust Bowl of the 1930s created. The Dust Bowl led to millions of acres of farmland becoming useless, and hundreds of thousands of people forced to leave their homes. In California they found economic conditions little better during the Great Depression than when they had left.
Dr. Howell and his family lived in a shed and were not able to move into a house until he was 10 years old.
He was a typical, well known, well liked guy in high school; the ASB president, homecoming captain, football and basketball player, he even won a "best athlete award".
"Football was my saving grace, it’s what finally got me out of Greyson."
Dr. Howell's passion for high school football enabled him to get a full-ride football scholarship to San Jose State. This passion continued even after college and Howell started assistant coaching college football at Claremont College. He then coached at New Mexico State where he met his wife of 44 years. After that he went to Eastern Oregon to Stonybrooke College and after years of traveling back and forth around the country and working hard in something that was very important to him, was told by his wife that he "needed to get a real job, she said you have all these shirts from all these schools but you don't really have anything, you need something more reliable."
After 35 years of college coaching and teaching a few college courses in 1993, as much as he loved being a football coach, he decided to change to high school football instead in 1999.
In 1999 he went to high school coaching with the Pacific Coast league and then began to coach for CMHS.
"We were League champs for years in a row."
Howell had a lot of great memories as a coach, "I would make the team sing the Alma Mater after game and they never understood why but they got used to it," and as a regular and AP United States history teacher receiving his doctorate recently.
Howell now enjoys his life with his three "kids" his dogs, "[My wife and I] wanted kids but realized we would be terrible parents because we're never home." His dogs Jasper, Scarlet, and Dodger definitely do keep him busy "I just got Dodger and he is a great man but he is breaking my back; he left patches in the grass and got into the pipes and the planters."
Dr. Howell , a previous college and high school football coach with a die hard work ethic now lives a "life of Fun and games, my wife and I now live in a retirement community. We compete in paddle ball tournaments and go to senior, senior Proms that have a play and a nice dinner and then a slow dance," adds Howell about his seniority.
Dr. Jerry Howell is a great example of how there is much more to a person than meets the eye.