Brothers Harbaugh to be inducted into Pioneer High Hall
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh spent their formative years in Ann Arbor long before coaching against each other in a Super Bowl, and the brothers will share the stage again when they are inducted into the Ann Arbor Pioneer Hall of Fame in March.
The event March 11 will be held in the Ann Arbor Pioneer gymnasium and will be open to the public. Ticket prices have not yet been determined, but there will be about 800 available for the function that will be catered by Knight’s Steakhouse.
Former Pioneer athletic director Lorin Cartwright, who was in that role from 1995-2012, is head of the Hall of Fame committee and is working with current athletic director Eve Claar on the project. The most the event has ever drawn is 250 people.
Although Cartwright had selected the date a while ago, it coincides with Michigan’s three-day coaching clinic that begins March 10 and will include John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens staff.
“That fell in our lap,” Cartwright said of the timing.
Jim Harbaugh, entering his second season coaching Michigan football, and older brother, John, attended Ann Arbor Pioneer while their father, Jack Harbaugh, was a Michigan assistant on Bo Schembechler’s staff (1973-1979). John Harbaugh graduated from Pioneer and then played football at Miami (Ohio). Jim graduated from Palo Alto (Calif.) High when his father coached at Stanford.
Although Jim, who played quarterback at Michigan, is not a Pioneer graduate, he was been involved in the program while playing in the NFL.
“For the last five or six years before he became a college coach, he was participating and giving back through the Harbaugh Foundation, giving to athletics at Pioneer,” Cartwright said. “We felt it was time (to honor them). It’s going to be fun.”
There are still banquet details to be finalized and Cartwright said they will be released in the next week or two on the department’s website at www.aapioneerathletics.com