Here’s the story… Of the cantaloupe ….

Mr. Johnson was a beloved graduate, teacher and coach at Matawan HS who passed suddenly passed away a year or two after I graduated in 93. He was my teacher and freshman football coach and all the students loved him – athletes or not. Whether it was a pressure point to bring you to your knees, his arm around you giving you a pep talk, or him answering your questions or a hello/ goodbye with his famous – MUKA HAKA or YUMBOOLI – replies he was a Matawan favorite. I told the kids when asked why our field was named for him these things and told them HE ALWAYS ROOTED FOR THE UNDER DOG- and this must be where the kids got the  idea from – 


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