Sunday February 3, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- Former Mayor Sara Hathaway will have a definite rooting interest in today’s Super Bowl clash between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

That would be Big Harbaugh. You know him as John Harbaugh, coach of the Ravens.

"I think John’s girlfriend at the time came up with Big Harbaugh [for John] and Little Harbaugh [for his brother, Jim, who is 14 months younger]," Hathaway said. "Probably to bug Jim."

Hathaway and John Harbaugh are 1980 graduates of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jim Harbaugh, who coaches the 49ers, graduated from high school in 1982 in Palo Alto, Calif., where the family moved in 1981.

Hathaway, Pittsfield’s mayor in 2002 and ‘03, said she didn’t have any classes with John Harbaugh but saw him a lot.

"It was a pretty big school," she recalled. "Maybe 1,200 kids. I saw him in the hall often."

"I think," she said, chuckling, "that if you took a poll, there would have been widespread agreement that both Harbaughs were hunks in high school."

Hathaway, 51, remembers when Big Harbaugh and his Pioneer teammates wore their football jerseys to class the day before a game, per school tradition. During her sophomore year, Hathaway even was the team’s statistician.

"I went to all the away games as well as the home games," she said.


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The former Pittsfield mayor, now a proctor at Berkshire Community College, emphasized that while both Harbaughs went to Ann Arbor Pioneer, there is no doubt who she’ll be rooting for today.

"I think a group of us from the class of 1980 will be on Facebook while we watch the game," Hathaway said. "And there’s no doubt that we’re rooting for the Ravens. Everybody [in her class] loves John."