I probably hold an unofficial Granite Hills student record by taking three classes taught by Jim Zumwalt during my four years there. While the first class was a random assignment, the next two were by demand.
His Socratic teaching style was unique, refreshing, and thoroughly engaging. Most 1960's high school teachers found comfort in strict lesson plans and autocratic direction to stifle open discussion and debate. In contrast, Jim encouraged (demanded) that from his students. He deftly guided our free expression of feelings and opinions in socially and politically tumultuous times.
I distinctly remember the detailed blackboard outlines he prepared for class each day. Invariably we weren't more than five minutes into them before he was weaving World History into current events, and off we went. What a fabulous ride it was!
I'm not sure which of his students affectionately named him Captain Zum Zum, but the nickname quickly stuck. Maybe it was the open collared shirts showing off his peace symbol necklace, or the casual shorts and sandals he often wore. I think he earned it because we truly considered him one of "us", not one of "them". Rather unusual in a time when popular culture suggested that no one over forty could be trusted.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He was one of a kind...one of "us".