Torrey Pines campus grieves for inspirational teacher ‘Coach C’

Torrey Pines High School is mourning the loss of one of its beloved teachers, Scott Chodorow, who passed away Nov. 1 after battling lymphoma for more than a year.

Known simply as “Coach C,” he was described by many as “the heart of Torrey Pines.”

Chodorow had the opportunity to make an impact on many lives as a teacher, the school’s ASB adviser and the cheer coach for 10 years.

“Through his work in the classroom, on the field and at countless dances and events, Scott touched thousands of lives and helped make Torrey Pines the incredible school it is,” read a statement from the high school.

“Scott’s legacy will live on through his family, the lives he has changed and the culture of spirit, respect and caring he has created at TPHS.”

A memorial will be held for Chodorow at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the high school.

Chodorow held an annual cheer camp during the summers, so his influence reached even further, to young Torrey Pines Pop Warner cheerleaders who looked up to him and hoped to cheer for him when they got to high school.

Principal David Jaffe said he loved Scott as an educator, father, colleague and friend and his passing has profoundly affected him.

“It is a very sad time right now, but in the spirit of Scott we will come together to celebrate his life and grow even closer as a school,” Jaffe said.

Jaffe said counselors would be made available this week to help students cope with their loss.

After the news broke over the weekend, many students took to social media to express their grief.

“Mr. C has been a huge part of my high school experience and life. I will never forget him,” wrote Scotty Gange, a sentiment that would be echoed by many students who named Chodorow as an inspiration, a role model and father figure.

“You have taught me to work without the expectation of appreciation from others and how one person can make a difference in someone’s life,” wrote senior Brandon Hung, who said he had Chodorow as a teacher since he was a freshman.

“I wouldn’t have the confidence in myself and the leadership I have learned over the past four years without your guidance and example … You tried your hardest to never show weakness and would never accept anyone’s pity which showed me how strong someone could be no matter the circumstances of life.”

In lieu of flowers, or if people would like to help the family at this difficult time, an account has been opened at San Diego County Credit Union in Chodorow’s name. To contribute, go to any SDCCU branch or mail to: SDCCU, 12980 Carmel Country Road, Suite C-100, San Diego, CA 92130, A/C 5003038.