Celebrating 150 years as a community isn’t the only thing that happened in Derby in 2019. But when you add an event like that to a city already on the move, things tend to get real busy.
These photo highlights in our first issue of 2020 will allow you to reflect on what was without a doubt a year to remember in our community.
School bond construction all over the community, a new state-of-the-art fire station, two state championship teams at DHS and the creation of a time capsule to open in 2069 are just a few things that took place.
Derby’s sesquicentennial celebration consisted of multiple events, too many to mention here. But we did hit a few of those highlights in the photos below. Check out the December issue of ZOOM Derby magazine to see everything from Derby’s 150th Birthday.
I might suggest Derby take some time to just rest in 2020 from an exciting, exhilarating but exhausting 2019. That probably won’t happen though. We are in Derby. And we are on the move, always.
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The official nose art ceremony took place in October at McConnell where Derby’s official sesquicentennial logo was unveiled on the pilot side of the aircraft nose.
After weeks of examining ideas, community meetings, and serious thought, the Derby Board of Education passed changes to the district school boundaries in 2019.
Head coach Bill Ross jumps into the arms of former Derby wrestler Triston Wills after Wills won his second-straight state title in February 2019.
A plan by the city to sell a small parcel of land in the Stone Creek addition in north Derby, which was originally designed for a park, was stopped in 2019 because of resident concerns.
Derby residents Gary and Lisa Fulbright adopted seven siblings who had previously been taken away from their parents.
The Derby Recreation Commission implemented a new pricing and membership model in 2019.
Early Sunday morning on June 23, 2019, straight-line winds of 90 miles per hour, or even more, created more storm damage than Derby has seen in recent years.
Rock Regional Hospital is an 89,000-square-foot facility that offers the latest in hospital services. The hospital also has a 24-hour emergency department and two medical office buildings on the campus that will bring additional services including orthopedics, pediatrics and dialysis.
Derby Community Food Services offers other forms of assistance, including help with utility bills through the Good Samaritan Fund. They also offer support with school supplies and more.
Members of the public were invited July 4 to a community open house at Derby’s newest fire post, Fire Station 81.
Retired Derby Fire Chief Brad Smith was involved in the planning and development of the new fire station. One of his final duties before retirement was the Grand Opening event of the new post. His retirement reception was held at Station 81 the next day.
The new $19 million project, located in north Derby, was part of the school bond issue voters passed in 2018.
A series of meetings were held allowing the community to provide their ideas as to where they might like to see Derby go in the next 20 years. The Idea is to focus on priorities, policies and public investments allowing the city to provide a direction for the best future possible in Derby.
The stainless steel time capsule box is a 14-inch cube sealed with a silicone sealant. It includes oxygen absorbers and a desiccant to control moisture. The container was purchased from a company that specifically makes such boxes for time capsules.
Derby football coach Brandon Clark took a celebratory bath after defeating Olathe North 63-26 in the 2019 6A state championship game on Nov. 30, 2019.
A series of historical landmarks were identified and created in 2019 as part of the 150-year celebration in Derby.
Derby High graduate and Boeing’s CEO and president of defense, space and security Leanne Caret was a part of the arrival ceremony of the KC-46A Pegasus tankers at McConnell Air Force Base.
After years of development and delays, the KC-46A Pegasus tankers arrived at their new home, McConnell Air Force Base, in 2019.