PV Schools Centennial: 100 Years of Paradise


By Marty Macurak

Communications Officer

PHOENIX—The Paradise Valley Unified School District centennial school year is underway and the district marked the occasion with a community celebration Oct. 19 at Shadow Mountain High School. Thousands of community residents and district families attended the free event along with the vice mayor of Phoenix and mayor of Scottsdale. Dignitaries included past governing board, superintendents and cabinet members, along with notable graduates that included an Olympic gold medalist and pro athletes, scientists, business owners and actors.  The event kicked off with a parade and included musical performances from students at all 44 schools.


Centennial events will continue throughout the year, and include the donations of 100 hours of community service by each of the governing board members and charitable works and projects by the students at each school. Community members are invited to join the celebration by visiting the Centennial web page at pvschools.net/centennial. You’ll find links to ….

• share your memories and photos on the 100-Years-of-Paradise Facebook page

• learn about the charitable projects being conducted by each district school and the governing board

• watch the four-minute PV student video, and

• check out yearbook pages from Paradise Valley High School 1962, Horizon High School 1981, Shadow Mountain High School 1974, and North Canyon High School 1997.


Centennial celebrations are funded entirely through the generous support of community partners and the efforts of volunteers.


Supporting partners include:

• The Foundation for Public Education

• Chasse Building Team

• Trafficade

• Cox Communications

• Paradise Valley Education Association

• Paradise Valley Education Support Association

• Valley Schools Insurance Trust

• Burgers Amore

Additional support

• Hall of Flame fire truck – participant and donor

• Scottsdale Historical Museum – participant and donor

• Arizona Science Center – participant and donor

• Paradise Valley high school athletic directors – participants and donors

Other participant support

• Burgers Amore – on site food vendor

• Luncha Libre  – on site food vendor

• Kitchen on the Street – on site food vendor

• Pizza People – on site food vendor

• Kona Ice – on site food vendor

• Star Wars group

• PVHS Woodshop teacher Randy Plummer

• PVHS Career and Technical Education program

• Trader Joe’s

• Kyrene School District printshop

• Freedom Marketing

• Party People

• Verizon

• Southwest Fireworks

• Balloon Decor

• PV Schools Key Clubs, ROTC and Mentors – volunteer hosts


Mark your calendar for other upcoming centennial events

Feb. 8, 2014

Community 5K Run/Walk

Horizon High School

March 1, 2014

Sights and Sounds of PV Schools arts festival

Paradise Valley Mall

May 2014

The Foundation for Public Education golf tournament