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Unsuspecting SHHS student gets surprise gift from alum: a truck


November 4, 2020

JAKE FANNING holds the keys and paperwork for the GMC Sonoma pickup behind him, a gift from former Sweet Home High School athlete, teacher and coach Tom Horn and his wife Kathy.

When Jake Fanning got a text from his wrestling coach, Steve Thorpe, last week, he thought it was going to be about work.

"He said he had job details for me," Fanning said.

Instead, Thorpe handed him keys to a pickup truck, a gift from retired Sweet Home High School teacher Tom Horn and his wife Kathy.

The Horns had sold their home on 5th Avenue and had decided not to take their 1999 GMC Sonoma pickup with them in a move to Arizona.

"We figured we could be one-car family down here," Tom Horn said last week from Scottsdale, Ariz., where he and Kathy were preparing to have breakfast on an 8...

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