NEIGHBORS

Meet Your Surprise Neighbor: Brad Larremore

Posted 4/15/22

Name: Brad Larremore

Age: 52

School: Dysart High School

Why did you chose to work in the district?: I came to the district in 2007 after 15 years in Glendale Union HS District at Apollo High …

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NEIGHBORS

Meet Your Surprise Neighbor: Brad Larremore

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Name: Brad Larremore

Age: 52

School: Dysart High School

Why did you chose to work in the district?: I came to the district in 2007 after 15 years in Glendale Union HS District at Apollo High School. I wanted to work in the community I lived in.

What do you like most about what you do?: After 30 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, I still love to see students meet their potential and have student-athletes bond as a team.

Where did you come from?: Third generation Arizona native. I grew up in West Phoenix and attended Alhambra High School, class of 1987. Moved from Glendale to Surprise in 1999.

What are the highlights of your basketball coaching career?: Led 1999 Apollo High School team to Final Four as head coach, assistant on Apollo’s three-peat champions of 2005, 2006, 2007. The 1999 Apollo team was 3-9 after 12 games and went to the Final Four.

If I had picked a different occupation, it might have been: Sports announcer, play by play

Why did you decide to retire as an Athletic Director?: I always told myself I would leave at 30 years and begin receiving my pension. It is time to be home for dinner each night after not being there for so many years. In all seriousness, if the job was just athletic director, I would stay 10 more years.

My vision for the school: My vision is for DHS to continue what has been started this year with our Character Matters program, after establishing it at Valley Vista. I want DHS teams to be known for their character and the camaraderie they show within themselves. I want all teams to continue to strive and believe they can compete within their conference and region.

Favorite community cause & why: Special Olympics and Unified Sports

My interests and hobbies: Nice dinners with friends, golf, pickleball and time with family.

The best and/or worst time in my life: The best time of my life is always the present. My favorite time of my career, and not to offend anybody, will always be those first years of teaching and coaching. Despite being a coach and AD, my favorite time was teaching AP US History at Apollo, Valley Vista and Shadow Ridge.

The trait(s) I admire in others: Honesty and doing the right thing when no one is watching.

People who inspired me (and how): My parents will always be represented as my inspiration. The love and guidance have always carried me. My wife’s work ethic is an inspiration.

My guiding philosophy: If you’re the smartest person in the room, find another room.

My advice to today’s youth: Don’t waste these moments in high school: they go fast. Take advantage of what your school offers in terms of academics, arts, and athletics. Do not specialize in one thing: try everything.

One thing I want students to know about me: After all these years, when I see a student succeed or make a positive change, it still affects me.

One thing I want parents to know about me: Like most educators, the 50- and sometimes 60-hours work weeks were to create a better experience for their child. I took pride in it and enjoyed my time with all the student-athletes as a coach/AD.

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