COSTA MESA — Floyd Harryman, the first principal at Estancia High School, died of natural causes Friday at his Eastside Costa Mesa home. He was 92.
Since 1945, Harryman was an educator, first working at Newport Harbor High School, where he created several programs, including the high school's physiology department and the beginnings of what would later become a full-fledged academic counseling staff.
Born in the small farming community of Keyes, Okla., on Sept. 13, 1917, Harryman fled the Dust Bowl at age 19 for better opportunities in Southern California, said his daughter Carla Harryman, 58, who teaches creative writing at Eastern Michigan University.
"He came with his family but they were actually unsuccessful in getting here on their first two tries," Carla Harryman said Monday in a telephone interview. "Their cars kept breaking down along the mountain passes."
But once the family made it to California, everybody managed to find jobs in the Los Angeles area, and Floyd Harryman eventually went on to earn two degrees from UCLA: a bachelor's in biological science and a master's in zoology.