Surprise History

A look back at Surprise's history on this week

By Independent Newsmedia
Posted 9/25/20

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records:

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Surprise History

A look back at Surprise's history on this week

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Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records:

1935

Dysart School opens a new school year with four teachers on staff.

1962

Voters approve a $428,000 bond to construct Dysart School District’s first high school. Dysart High School will be ready for the 1963 school year.

1987

Town Manager Nick Bacon asks the Arizona attorney general office to investigate Surprise Mayor George Cumbie’s use of personal phone calls made during non-business hours and allegations he purchased auto parts with town money.

1992

Kingswood Elementary School is designated as a second poling location in the city.

1996

Surprise annexes 151 acres of land on the corner of Dysart and Cactus Roads.

1998

Paradise Education Center opens, giving Surprise a new charter school. It’s sharing buildings with Radiant Church while awaiting purchase of 10 acres of land at Reems Road and Sweetwater Avenue.

2000

Plans are revealed for the Desert Oasis community in north Surprise. Dysart Unified School District, however, worries about accommodating high school students, since one-third of the community would be in the DUSD boundaries.

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