Our beloved Big Lou, a staple in our community for decades, is facing his toughest opponent yet in his battle with Leukemia. Even through this struggle, he continues to inspire the Charter Oak High School community with his wisdom and fortitude.
Head Coach Lou Farrar is celebrating over 50 years of coaching football. He has been coaching in Charter Oak Unified since 1970, starting at Charter Oak High School, his alma mater, in 1985 where he won his first CIF Championship. Under Coach Farrar's leadership, Charter Oak High School has won a total of 5 CIF Championships and has 26 straight playoff appearances. During this streak, he has won 19 League Championships for a total of 320 wins. With these records, he is currently the winningest active coach in the state of California. Coach Farrar has been the CIF Coach of the Year 5 different times and has been the All-American Football Foundation's Gerald Ford's High School Football Coach of the Year in 2004. After countless awards, he received the Jim Brownfield Coach's Mentor Award for 2018. Coach Farrar retired from the classroom in 2007 after 37 years of teaching Psychology and Family Living. While still coaching the Chargers and spending time with his family, he molds boys into young men. He is currently nominated for another award, the Power of Influence Award nominated by the American Football Coaches Association and the State of California, which will be decided in Tennessee this winter.
Big Lou's fight has reminded all of us about the many people who are impacted by cancer. Charter Oak High School will be hosting a Crucial Catch game in conjunction with the Los Angeles Chargers and the American Cancer Society on October 18th. The Charter Oak Family would like to take this time to celebrate the many people whose lives Big Lou has touched and offer them a platform for sharing their experiences. We encourage the Charter Oak community to join us and if you feel compelled, share another journey that has affected your life.