Phoenix Union High School District To Hold Inaugural Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Posted by Community Relations at 11/25/2015

Celebrating its long and glorious athletic history, Phoenix Union High School District will hold its Inaugural Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, December 17.   Fittingly, the event will be held at the former Phoenix Union campus, and now the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix Campus at Van Buren and 7th Street.

The inaugural class will recognize athletes from Phoenix Union High School in the “Historical Era” from the 1913 to 1981, Phoenix Union High School “Historical Era” Coaches from 1913-1949 and “Modern Era Coaches” from 1950-present at various PUHSD schools.

“This has been a dream of mine for many years. Phoenix Union has a rich and successful tradition of championship teams, players and coaches, and we want to celebrate that, and preserve their legacies for years to come,” Phoenix Union Athletic Director Dr. Zachary Muñoz said. “There are so many that we had to play catch up for this first event.”

While many of the inductees are from the original Phoenix Union High School, Muñoz will expand the Hall of Fame reach in coming years. Phoenix Union opened in 1895 and was the only high school for many years. Carver High School opened in 1926, North in 1939 and West in 1949. Phoenix Union High School closed in 1982.

A committee made up of members of the high school sports community selected the inaugural class of 29 coaches and 16 athletes. The committee is continuing to contact some individuals and is asking for assistance. For information on the event or honorees,   you can reach Dr. Zachary Muñoz at (602) 764-1335 or zmunoz@phoenixunion.org.

The event, which is by invitation only, will be held at the U of A Phoenix campus auditorium, beginning at 5 p.m.

As a commitment to the legacy of athletic excellence in Phoenix Union, a Male and Female Athlete of the Year scholarship will be established by the PUHSD Sports Hall of Fame.   Donations for the event and scholarships can be made to the non-profit (501C) Phoenix Union Foundation for Education c/o PUHSD Sports Hall of Fame, 7949 E. Acoma Drive, Suite 207, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.