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Former principal established goal of academic excellence

In his 14 years as principal, Jack Dozier irritated, intimidated and inspired a generation of students and their teachers. He was both an old school disciplinarian and a progressive educator who was determined to raise the academic bar at Park City High School.

Dozier, the namesake of the Miners home field, died May 11 and will be remembered at a graveside service tomorrow, Thursday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at the Park City Cemetery

Before arriving in Park City, Dozier had made a name for himself as the coach of one of Northern California’s top high school football squads and many expected that his emphasis in Park City would be more on the gridiron than in the classroom.

But they were wrong.

The tough talking coach immediately applied his boot camp tactics to the PCHS faculty and staff, demanding a tougher grading system and a stronger emphasis on college prep.

His efforts were not always popular but they were effective and during each year of his tenure more and more PCHS students set their sights on college.

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And Dozier’s support didn’t stop when the kids tossed their caps in the air. During the 1980s when Park City’s economic base was still rocky, the outwardly gruff but privately sentimental principal passed the hat around the community collecting scholarship donations.

Long before the Park City Education Foundation was established, Dozier charmed, cajoled and strong-armed nearly every merchant in the city into earmarking funds for extracurricular academic programs, teacher training and college scholarships.

Dozier retired in 1991 having set Park City High School on a course toward becoming one of the finest high schools in the country.

As this school year draws to a close and graduates prepare to gather one last time on Dozier field, it is likely he would be pleased to know that his legacy of community scholarships now exceeds half a million dollars.