After more than three decades, the school is losing a friend, a mentor and what some see as a father figure, the article stated.
According to the article, Saavedra, known as Jimmy to everyone in the school, has worked at the high school for 32 of his 34 years with the Hillsborough County School District.
"He''s the single most helpful person I have ever known," Principal William Orr said. "I''ve never seen him get upset; I''ve never seen him get short with anybody," Orr added.
After Saavedra left the school for the night on Thursday, students stayed late to hang posters so they would be in place when he started his 5:30 a.m. shift for the last time on Friday, the article noted.
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