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Posted: Monday, January 23, 2006 5:50 am | Updated: 2:25 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Diane Griffith and her family have Chandler High School in their blood. Griffith graduated from Chandler High in 1969 and didn’t stay away long. She accepted a teaching job at the school in 1973.

“You’re your own little boss in the classroom,” Griffith said. “It’s a neat energy. You never know what the day will bring.”

Her father, Dean Griffith, graduated from the school in 1945.

And Diane Griffith welcomed her 14-year-old son, Kevin Heatherington, to the school this year as a freshman.

Although Griffith and her son live in Ahwatukee Foothills, it was never a question where Kevin would go to school.

“My son always knew he would be a Chandler High Wolf,” she said.

“He wanted to continue the history,” Griffith said.

Throughout her years as a teacher at Chandler, Griffith has taught English, newspaper, journalism, yearbook and humanities.

Griffith grew up in Chandler, and her parents still live in in the city on land bought in 1932 by her grandfather, the first plumber in Chandler.

Her father said he never “dreamed” that his daughter would be teaching at the same school he graduated from.

“I thought it was great that she was going to be teaching there,” said Griffith, 79, a manager for the Queen Creek Irrigation District.

“I think it’s a good school and a good town,” her father said.

Diane Griffith, who graduated from Northern Arizona University, took a break from teaching in 1982 when she moved to Colorado to get her master’s degree in parks and recreation administration.

She worked for a couple years for Greeley, but with more hours and at less pay.

She came back to Chandler High School in 1985.

“I like the people here,” she said. “I have a lot of friends here and they are my chosen family.”

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