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:
Dysart School opens a new school year with four teachers on staff.
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.
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.
Kingswood Elementary School is designated as a second poling location in the city.
Surprise annexes 151 acres of land on the corner of Dysart and Cactus Roads.
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.
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.