Few people have the same depth and breadth of experiences at Provo High as former Stanford and NFL football player Kirk Chambers.
Not only has Chambers been a Bulldog student and athlete, but he was also around the school a lot as a kid and is now back as an athletic director and coach.
“My dad (Brent Chambers) taught there for 35 years, so I grew up being that little ragamuffin running around at games because my dad would work them,” Chambers said. “I would be the one they would shoo off the court or the one running down the ball after field goals. It’s funny that I’m back there when I pretty much grew up in those halls.”
He remembered growing up enjoying all of the big Provo basketball games in the old gym.
“I probably suffer from loss-of-hearing from going to those games as a kid, which is awesome,” Chambers said. “Those were epic with great teams and great kids. The battles we watched there were amazing.”
As a player, he was a part of two state basketball championships in his three years, a stretch where the Bulldogs won three-of-four titles. He also recalled a big comeback against Springville to win a homecoming game in football.
But Chambers said he felt like his high school experience up until he graduated in 1997 was about more than just sports.
“A lot of my memories aren’t athletics,” Chambers said. “I was in choir, performing on the old stage. Those rival some of my memories of my athletics. I feel like I was well rounded with the opportunities and that’s what high school should be.”
Being as close as he is to the students now, he sees the transition to a new school with different lenses.
“It’s a bittersweet thing because the old building carried so many memories for so many great people who contributed so much to the community,” Chambers said. “The fact that we are leaving that behind is sad, but what is exciting is that these kids that we currently have will get to create their own memories in a brand-new building, one that shows them that this community cares about them. That’s really fun for them. There are things we are going to miss, but I feel it is a net-positive for sure.”