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Who Is Gym?

The Stories Behind Arizona's High School Sports Venues

Do you know who your high school football stadium is named after? Or the gym? Or the school itself?

What is rapidly becoming lost Arizona history is captured in these fascinating stories about the names behind high schools and their sports venues.

After officiating high school football and baseball in Arizona for nearly 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. So he began researching to find the answers. He talked to athletic directors, administrators, alumni, librarians, local historians, long-time school employees, relatives of those honored, the honorees themselves and anyone else who may have known the people whose names adorn the buildings and fields across Arizona.