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Posted May 17, 2012

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Ten Desert Ridge Teachers Honored

Members of the original staff celebrate the school’s 15th anniversary.

Desert Ridge Middle School has grown and changed during its history, but as the school celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, it’s also recognizing 10 staff members who have been there working with students since Day One. 

Once attendance boundaries, construction delays and the naming of the school were worked out, Desert Ridge opened Sept. 2, 1997, two weeks into the 1997-98 school year. 

Nearly 650 students were enrolled in the first year; now the school’s enrollment is close to 1,050. Sixty-two staff members opened the school; now more than 120 staff members work at Desert Ridge. 

The 10 original staff members still work at Desert Ridge were honored on May 9. Staff in the photo at right are Scott Cantwell, custodian; Trudy Randour, assistant principal; Larry Gonzales, PE teacher; Loraine Andrews, language arts teacher; Kyra Nanco, business technology teacher; Gretchen McKinney, language arts teacher; Sandra Baca, PE teacher; Donna Schmidt, band director; and Fred Lackey, technology administrator/business technology teacher. Not pictured is Cindy Hatcher, cafeteria manager.

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