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Jeff Eben, who served as the Case High School principal from 2011 through the end of the 2014  school year, announced Thursday that he is retiring from the Racine Unified School District.

Eben started his career in 1980 at the age of 19 when he got to coach a boys basketball team at an elementary school in California. He became the principal of Gifford Elementary in 2010, served as the principal for Case High School, and had been promoted to an administration position with RUSD.

“Today, though, I officially retired due to health related issues. I am returning to Ca to start a new journey of getting healthy again. After some surgery, I’ll be living with my brother Scott in Simi Valley…I am well aware of how lucky I am to have been given the opportunities I received,” Eben wrote on his Facebook page.

Eben, who has authored three books, focused his career on his “Feel the Love” philosophy of competence, connectedness and compassion. He honed those ideas with inspiration from a high school coach, who guided Eben, an aspiring college-caliber football player, after a water skiing accident left him in a wheelchair at age 16.

Eben has spoken at schools throughout California about his experience and, later, developed “Feel the Love,” which he has shared in speaking engagements around the country.

“It’s all about competence, connectedness and compassion,” Eben said in a prior interview.

Eben said he plans to return to California to have surgery and live with his brother.

 

“I got to go places, see things, and be a part of events that I had no right to ever expect. But, the coolest thing was the large number of amazing people I met along the way. I have had a great time…no regrets,” he said.

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.