Fort Defiance High School Gets Extreme Makeover

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

For some high school students, there has to be something really worthwhile to make them get out of bed early during summer, let alone on a Saturday morning.

For students at Fort Defiance High School, though, there's a level of pride in the school, that makes them want to spruce it up.

"Knowing that you did something and to be able to look at it and say it looks nice, you know you did that with your friends and it looks good," said Bryce Harlow, a junior at the school.

The idea of the extreme makeover presented itself five years ago. The Fort Defiance janitorial staff just wasn't able to keep up with the maintenance necessary for a school so large.

"And they still can't take care of it," said Assistant Principal Amy Pultz. "We have five custodians and we have a lot of grounds, inside and out. They just cannot keep up, so, this is a wonderful way for faculty members, community members, alumni, and current students to be invested in their own community. Their school community."

When school is in session, it can be hard for students to find the effort necessary to keep the school looking good.

A day like they had on Saturday is where they can really show their dedication to school spirit.

"It's kind of hard to think about that when you have to worry about grades and sports and stuff like that. You notice things along the year that need to be done. It's nice to see them be done now," said Harlow.

With the school year just about to start, the extreme makeover won't only beautify the building but will also create an atmosphere that is just right for learning.

"I think it's nice to present to our new kids, the new school year with a nice outside of our building. The timing is perfect," said Pultz. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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