Glendale High School Celebrates its 100th Birthday

Glendale High School Celebrates its 100th Birthday

October 2011- Glendale High School turned 100 this year, making it the oldest high school in Arizona still on its original site. Over a four day period, the school hosted numerous events in honor of its centennial.

The celebration kicked off on Tuesday with a celebrity basketball game against retired NFL players. Approximately five hundred people looked on as GHS faculty and staff battled the 4-0 NFL team. Even though the NFL team was stacked with such players as six-foot-three Travis Brown and six-foot MarTay Jenkins, Glendale's team fought hard, all while keeping the game light-hearted. The crowd was also treated to legendary Motown group, The Miracles, at half-time. In the end, the NFL team was victorious, but just barely, with a score of 68 to 64.

Wednesday's activities included a club carnival, including a live student band, dunk tank, rock wall, caricatures, and bounce houses. The evening ended with a bonfire on campus for the people in attendance.

On Thursday, GHS hosted a "walk to remember," allowing alumni faculty, staff, and students to tour the campus and view the changes that it has undergone in the past few years. Current students were there giving tours, and students from years past reminisced about how the buildings looked when they were in high school. A classic car show was also held, including about thirty-five entries, ranging from a John Deere tractor to a woody to a Stingray. The main event on Thursday was the facilities dedication, where various parts of the campus were dedicated to influential people in GHS history. The plaza was dedicated to the Heatwole family, whose members have been connected to the school dating back to the 1920s. The baseball field became "Pullins Family Baseball Field," in honor of generations of Pullins boys who created a strong baseball tradition at Glendale High. The gymnasium was named after Clyda Jean "C.J." Martin Owen, a pioneer in girls' athletics and the first woman in the nation to become the athletic director for a multi-high school district. Last, but not least, the band room was dedicated to Dan Lindsey, Glendale's band director for 32 years. Each of the honorees was also given a replica plaque to take home.

Friday began with Glendale High’s homecoming parade down Glendale Avenue. From Cerretas Candy Factory to GHS, spectators watched as school and district officials, students, and even an alumni kazoo band rode by. Shortly following the parade was the time capsule ceremony. Mayor of Glendale Elaine Scruggs began with an official proclamation, and then representatives from many years came to contribute items to the new time capsule. Notable items included a class ring and video footage from the centennial event. To end the ceremony, letters were read by Dr. Jennifer Johnson and Principal Deborah Jordan, which were then sealed and placed into the canister. After the capsule was sealed, the alumni tailgate party began. Hamburgers, chips and drinks were available for purchase, and GUHSD band The Groove entertained the crowd. The tailgate party was followed by the homecoming football game, where Glendale defeated Flagstaff High School 50-8. A dance for those alumni who are 21 and older was held after the game at the Glendale Civic Center, featuring more music by The Groove.

The week was a great success. Students from many generations and many parts of the country rallied around the school where they grew up and became the people they are today. Gratitude is extended to the GHS Centennial Committee for all of their hard work.

Travis Brown and student
Retired NFL player Travis Brown asks his student
team mate for his autograph. 
Two GHS students pose for a photo at the club
Gary and Ed Pullins
Gary and Ed Pullins pose with the loving cups from
the 1923 and 1926 state baseball championships. 
Kazoo Band
Glendale High School's Alumni Kazoo Band plays
the school fight song.