Tuesday could've been a day of mourning and sadness at 5959 Broadway. Surely, there were some sparks of those emotions at Andrean High School.
Hearing of the death of long-time teacher and athletic coach, Mark Horvath, brought out other things to the hearts and minds of the students and peers of the beloved mentor at the school.
They all were telling stories, life stories, and smiling while they remembered a person who was loved by many.
"Some kids in his class who had a substitute were in there rattling off so many stories about Mark," Andrean athletic director Bill Mueller said. "He was so positive, so upbeat. But what he did worked. The kids learned."
Horvath died of cancer Sunday. The former 59ers boys basketball coach was 60.
Mueller graduated from Andrean in 1981. Horvath was already at the school. In the 1990s, Horvath went to Calumet for a few years but returned to the school he loved.
Horvath coached Andrean boys hoops from 2003-04 through 2007-08. He coached NBA player Luke Harangody, won three sectional championships and went 62-54.
"He was a gentle giant," said outgoing boys basketball coach Carson Cunningham, who was a freshman coach under Horvath in 2007-08. Cunningham took over the varsity position in 2008-09 and recently took the job at Carroll College.
Cunningham said that Horvath showed him how to run a tryout, a practice and a lot of the other daily duties that aren't seen by the masses.
"Mark will be missed," Cunningham said. "He was a great teacher. I still remember my economics class with him my senior year. He made it fun."
Mueller said Horvath's "Jeopardy" game made the Sahara-like learning of dollars and sense enjoyable. Horvath's love of his students was seen all the time.
While he was sick and in the hospital, Mueller said he was concerned that he ordered the right food for an upcoming senior dinner. He loved life and was happy with every day he was given, Mueller said.
Horvath was a great practical joker and when he heard that Mueller loved country music, Horvath burned a master disc of the best twang music he could find.
Horvath also wrote a book entitled "Floor Burns," which is about the Kansas men's basketball program.
"Whenever Mark walked into a room you could tell he was glad to be there," Mueller said. "He was calm. He was always lifting people up around him. He will be missed at our school."