After officiating high school football and baseball in Arizona for more than 30 years, it occurred to Scott Hanson that there was a piece of Arizona history that was slipping away: the who and the why high schools, their football stadiums, baseball fields and gymnasiums were named. That led to his first book, Who Is Gym? Then, after seeing retired jerseys hanging at baseball fields, football fields and gymnasiums, he wrote his second book, What’s Your Number? which captures the stores behind the retired numbers at high schools across Arizona.
In addition to his role officiating high school sports across the state, Hanson is the president of HMA Public Relations, a 40-year-old marketing communications firm based in Phoenix. He’s a former Arizona sports broadcaster at both KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff and KPHO-TV in Phoenix. An Arizona native, Hanson is an alumnus of Washington High School and Northern Arizona University, respectively.