Rowe Harrison is a 1957 graduate of Spanish Fork High School. While a student at Spanish Fork High School, Rowe was a 4-year member of the Spanish Fork HS baseball team, a 3-year member of their basketball team, and a was a member of the track team for one year. After high school, he attended Snow College before transferring to Utah State University. Rowe graduated from Utah State University in 1962 with a degree in Elementary Education. That same year, he married his sweetheart, Dixie Aller.
Rowe started his teaching career in Tooele County School District in 1961. He spent 5 years at Central Elementary and 15 years at East Elementary. As an elementary teacher, he worked as a librarian, a PE teacher, and as the audio/visual director. While an elementary teacher, Rowe earned his master’s degree in Audio/ Visual Media. In 1983, Rowe came to Tooele High School. While at Tooele High School, Rowe started out working as a librarian, but would end up doing the THS yearbook and becoming the full-time art and photography teacher. Soon after retiring in 2003, Rowe was persuaded to come back to Tooele High School. He would continue to work in Tooele County School District until 2013 – a total of 52 years.
Besides being a teacher, Rowe has been a volunteer firefighter for 40 years. During his time as a volunteer fire fighter, Rowe served a term as the Chief, as well as the State Treasurer of the Utah State Fire Fighters Association for 8 years.
Amongst all the activities he has been involved with, Rowe is probably most well-known around Tooele as the voice of Tooele High School athletics. He has been announcing Tooele High School football and basketball games for the past 28 years. Both home and visiting fans love the professional way in which Rowe calls the games. He has also done several paintings for Tooele High School – including the buffalo design on our basketball court, as well as the football field for many years. Rowe is a mainstay of Tooele High School athletics.
Rowe and Dixie have been married for 60 years. They are the proud parents of three children: Holli (Larry) Moody of Billings, MT, Rick (Alicia) of Tooele, and Stacey (Pat) Buchanan of Morgan, UT. They have 1 granddaughter (Erin) and 5 grandsons (Jaxson, Devin, Brooks, Nate and his wife, Amanda, and Kade).
Rowe and his family would like to thank Tooele High School for this honor.