Arthur Thomas Harmon, Jr. was born on the 26th of April in 1943 to Arthur and Gussie Lou Harmon of Emory, Georgia. Tom and his younger brother George were raised in Atlanta with a deep respect for education and athletic programs instilled in them by their father. He was a mathematics teacher and girls’ basketball coach for over forty years, winning three state championships during his time. Inspired by these accomplishments, Tom attended Auburn University, graduating with a degree in Business Administration in 1966. In the fall of the same year he began his teaching career in Georgia in the field of
mathematics, while coaching football, basketball, golf, and tennis.
Over the next three years Tom worked in the classroom supporting student learning while earning his Masters of Education in Mathematics, from West Georgia College. Immediately after graduation, Tom and his family moved to Orlando, Florida where he started work at Jones High School. In 1972, he transferred to William R. Boone High School where he would spend
the next 35 years of his career.
Tom embraced the school spirit that is unique to Boone. He was the assistant coach for the football and basketball teams, offered additional tutoring to student athletes, and attended hundreds of games for nearly every sport on campus to root for his home team. He knew that students liked seeing their teachers at their games and wanted all of his students to know how proud he was that they chose to don the orange and white and represent Boone.
Tom’s greatest joy over those 35 years was watching all six of his children graduate as Boone Braves: Elizabeth ’87, Cynthia ’89, Tom ’95, Bridgitte ’97, Joe ’02, and Chelsea ’07. Each child participated in a myriad of clubs, organizations, and athletics on campus knowing the importance community and taking pride in wearing the orange and white like Tom.
When Tom came to Boone, he saw teachers wearing overalls, to show their “overall” support of the athletic teams. He joined in and many came to recognize Mr. Harmon by his bright orange overalls – Boone Braves written down one leg, and Auburn Tigers down the other. The overalls tradition continues with numerous other teachers including his daughter Chelsea, who is a current teacher at Boone. He had a passion for connecting students with athletics. You knew it was a major game day if you heard the yells of “ORANGE” and “WHITE” echoing down the hallways when he would do his class rallies. He always had a tremendous amount of Boone Spirit!
He was just as passionate about being able to reach every student academically as he was athletically. He didn’t accept it when a student
said they were not good at math, he simply found another way to help them connect with the subject. Every student mattered and he celebrated every
accomplishment no matter how small it seemed. His classroom was about growing as a student to the best of your individual ability.
Tom retired from Boone High School in 2007 and now resides in Clermont, Florida. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grandkids and even
gets in a few rounds of golf every once in a while.