Press Release - 2-1-2023

Eureka High School Volunteer Coach Arrested by the Arcata Police Department
Posted on 02/01/2023

EUREKA, CA – February 1, 2023 – Eureka City Schools (ECS) is aware of the arrest of Thomas Harlan Gowing.  Gowing was a former coach and volunteer for wrestling at Eureka High School (EHS).  Gowing has not worked in a paid or volunteer capacity in ECS since June 2022.  

ECS supports the investigation with the Arcata Police Department, as student safety is the District’s top priority.  

“The safety and wellbeing of our students is paramount,” said Rob Standish, EHS Principal. “Any EHS student who may be directly or indirectly impacted by this incident is encouraged to contact the EHS Counseling Office at 707-441-0262 for support.”  

Inappropriate relationships between minors and adults will not be tolerated.  ECS supports the efforts of law enforcement to prosecute this individual to the fullest extent of the law. 

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2428.  All further inquiries should be directed to the Arcata Police Department. 

Press Contact:
Arcata Police Department 
736 F Street 
Arcata, CA 95521
Tel: (707) 822-2428