Community Mourns Loss of Longtime Mira Costa TeacherDec 22, 2023 09:50PM ● By Mb News Staff
Mira Costa's Michael McAvin. Photo via the McAvin family.
The community is mourning Mira Costa High School teacher and Manhattan Beach native Mike "Mac" McAvin, who passed away early Wednesday morning after battling a terminal illness. He had just entered into hospice care this week, according to his family.
McAvin grew up in Manhattan Beach, attended Grand View Elementary and Center Intermediate School, and graduated from Mira Costa in 1983. He attended El Camino Community College before moving on to USC, where he received an undergraduate degree in English and a master's degree in education. He also received an administrative credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills.
A member of the Mira Costa faculty since 2002, McAvin taught English, journalism, and credit recovery at Mira Costa; positively impacting many students over the years. He was also the school's badminton coach and the La Vista newspaper advisor, contributing to the program’s multiple award-winning successes.
"Many of you have known Mr. McAvin in various ways; his connections run deep throughout our community, and so will his life's lasting contributions to his students and colleagues," MBUSD Superintendent John Bowes wrote in an email to parents on Friday. "We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. McAvin’s family on this profound loss."
Many Mira Costa students and organizations turned to social media to remember their teacher and express their gratitude for his support.
"Our staff is grieving his sudden passing together, honoring the community he has helped build at our school," wrote the staff of La Vista in a statement. The students noted that they will print La Vista's 5th issue in McAvin's honor when they return from holiday break.
Mira Costa counselors as well as counselors from allcove Beach Cities and Taking Time grief counselors were on campus this week to support students and staff.
McAvin is survived by his wife and two daughters.