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Updated Sep 23, 2013 - 9:58 am

Scottsdale High still exists in hearts of graduates as Class of '83 preps for reunion

(Scottsdale Public Library Photo)

PHOENIX -- It's been said, "Its not the school that counts, but the spirit of the students that matters."

Those words were echoed by Scottsdale High School Principal Evelyn Casky in 1982, when the campus was sitting on prime real estate at Indian School Road and Civic Center Drive.

"The district decided they needed to close one of the high schools," said Dawn Trocano-Clifford, a junior in 1982. She said she had no idea at the time her school was about to fall prey to a bad land deal.

"The original spot where they were going to put the Galleria (mall) and then they moved it and the lots sat empty for quite a while and it was a big fiasco."

The seniors of 1983 became the school's last graduating class, but Trocano said the spirit lives on.

"There's just something about that particular old town feel you don't get if you got to north Scottsdale or Phoenix."

A week from Friday, the class of '83 celebrates 30 years since the doors closed at Scottsdale High. Reunion information can be found here.

About the Author

Holliday Moore is a Phoenix native with more than 25 years experience in the local and national broadcast and media industry. A graduate of ASU's journalism program, with a second major in Marketing & Management, she considers herself one of the lucky few to be doing exactly what she loves, writing and producing news.

In 2012, she won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a light feature radio story on snakes. For the record, snakes do not say much! She is also honored to be one of two nominees this year for a Mark Twain Award involving her series on Arizona drowning cases.

Among her career accomplishments, Moore has taken home a television Emmy for Cultural Issues Reporting on the Navajo/Hopi Partition Land Act. She has also won numerous Emmy nominations for hard, soft and even sports reporting. However, Moore considers her highest achievement was on the day she received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Political Excellence Award for developing the Scripps Television stations' Democracy 2000 & 2002 program. Bob Morford, ABC 15's News Director at the time, asked Moore to head the project with one wish, "Try not to lose ratings," he said. "We not only did not lose ratings," says Moore, "We actually improved ratings between the coveted 5:00-6:30pm news block."

"She created, designed and executed the award winning program," recalls Morford, "Her efforts brought a great deal of notice and credit to our station."

Moore loves a challenge and is an adrenaline junky by nature. She ran 400 hurdles in college and more recently half marathons to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She works part time for KTAR Radio while volunteering for her young son's elementary school and running a freelance media services business.


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