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Mike DeLong, great teacher and great guy

When students, staff and visitors to Sonoma Valley High School exit their cars and enter the school campus from the main south parking lot, the first thing they see is the Myron E. DeLong Library.

As each year goes by, there are fewer staff members at the school who knew Myron DeLong (known as Mike by his friends). Most students have no idea who he was. But his former students remember him with great fondness.

In the days when journalism was still recognized and accredited by the University of California, I took two journalism classes with Mike DeLong.

I spent a third year under his coaching as editor of The Dragon’s Tale, the school newspaper.

He was a kind and gentle man, but insistent that we master the basics of good writing in a journalistic style. He was enthusiastic and inspiring, and we never wanted to disappoint him by not doing our best.

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