The highest-paid state employee in Utah attended Provo High School in the mid-1970s.

“I have very fond memories of being at Provo High,” said Kyle Whittingham, head football coach at the University of Utah. “I had a great time in high school and really enjoyed that period of time in my life. I married my high school sweetheart, so that was a big plus obviously. I made a lot of friends there who I am still friends with to this day.”

He remembers a lot of talented athletic teams dominating the competition during those days.

“I remember we had a terrific basketball team at Provo High and we were one of the best teams in the state for years,” Whittingham said. “My junior year was particularly memorable when we went to the state championship game and got beat by Skyline. They had a team that was very good, and we had great year. We had a brand-new coach, Coach Gillespie, and we had a really memorable year. I played baseball there as well, and I have fond memories of my teammates and Coach Gary Ashton.”

There were some tough times for Whittingham, however.

“The one big negative was that my senior year (in 1977) they split the school,” he said. “That was a downer. It was really not a good thing when you lose half your class and it just wasn’t quite the same my senior year. Nonetheless, it was a great experience and I look back on it with a lot of good memories.”

He has had the opportunity to return to Provo High and talk to football players or other students. He said it was “disheartening” to hear it was being torn down.

“I’ve had the chance to go back and it’s always great to go back inside those walls and reminisce, think about the good times,” Whittingham said. “It’s been fun. Now that they are tearing it down, it’s a sad thing for me. It’s too bad, but life goes on.”

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