GRANADA HILLS HIGH WELCOMES ELWAY TODAY.
Granada Hills High School will make way for Elway today, when it dedicates its football stadium to one of its most famous and favorite alums - Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway.
The 1979 Granada Hills grad is expected to greet the school's 3,500 students, plus staff, fans and former teammates before the stadium renaming ceremony.
``He's definitely looking forward to it. He's excited,'' Elway's personal assistant Kathy Hutch said from Denver on Wednesday. Elway was in transit and unavailable for comment, she said.
Elway is expected to bring his parents and his son Jack, 8. His wife Janet has prior plans, Hutch said.
In January, Elway, a 15-year Bronco veteran, won his first Super Bowl in four tries. At the time he talked about retiring, but on Monday, Elway, 37, announced he's returning for a final season in hopes of defending the team's Super Bowl championship.
But first, he'll take in the hometown accolades.
``He's just honored. We've heard from a good friend of his and I guess he's really excited about it,'' Granada Hills football coach Darryl Stroh said Wednesday as he helped prepare for the festivities.
Stroh, who's taught at the school for 30 years, was a defensive coordinator when Elway attended Granada. And he coached Elway in baseball.
Stroh said Elway is expected to arrive at the school between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., when he'll start the morning chatting with staff and players on the football team.
Stroh said so far there's been no indication that Elway plans to donate anything in return to his alma mater.
``There's been no communication and no one's asked. It's not our business,'' Stroh said.
A few months ago, word of the stadium's renaming stirred unexpected debate. Some residents complained that removing the name of Bryce Schur, the school's founding principal, set a bad example by placing sports celebrities above educators.
In response, the school said a plaque bearing Schur's name will be placed at the entrance of the sports complex and that the new John Elway Stadium will now be part of the Bryce Schur Athletic Complex.
The rededication of the Granada Hills High School football stadium is open to the public.
10:30 a.m., 10535 Zelzah Ave., Granada Hills.
Tickets are $5 and proceeds will be used to benefit the newly created John Elway Scholarship Fund. The school is limiting ticket sales to 1,000 to avoid overcrowding.
PHOTO The stadium scoreboard at Granada Hills High School bears the name of one of the school's most famous alumni, John Elway.
John McCoy/Daily News
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Jun 4, 1998|
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