Archie Clement McCallum III was born in Toppenish, Washington in 1932. When he was a small child, the family moved to Montesano, and Archie graduated from Montesano High School and married the love his life, Barbara Mousel in 1951.

Archie served in public education for over thirty-five years as teacher, coach and administrator in high schools throughout Western Washington. He taught history for 17 years at North Thurston High School in Lacey where he was the head basketball coach, as well as a football and baseball coach. It was here that he taught and coached Darcy Fast, who pitched for the Chicago Cubs before becoming the senior pastor of Centralia Community Church of God, and where Archie and Barbara attended church.

After North Thurston, Archie taught and coached at Timberline High School and then spent 18 years as principal at Auburn High School where he retired in 1992. Following his retirement, he spent time as the interim principal at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley and worked as a consultant for the Tumwater School District.

Throughout his life Archie was devoted to helping people reach their full potential. His many students and athletes will remember him for his discipline, inspiration, compassion and ability to listen and give good advice. He brought history alive for his students and taught his athletes to work hard and never give up. His staff found him to be a dedicated leader who took a personal interest in their work and lives.