Clif McKenzie’s educational career spans 30 years at SUSD. In addition to starting his teaching at Hopi Elementary School, his career includes elementary, middle school and high school building principal, Executive Director of Exceptional Customer Service, Executive Director of Middle Schools, and Executive Director of Athletics.
Through his career in education, he has acquired vast knowledge and background in working with all types of communities in Arizona as well as in Europe, where he first started teaching. As an administrator for the past 25 years he has been able to impact more students and pass on his passion for diversity and athletics.
One of the most gratifying achievements as the Executive Director of Athletics, Clif started the All City Banquet. This is done three times a year: fall, winter and spring. This awards banquet recognizes individual high school student athletes for their outstanding performances in their sport. Student athletes also have an opportunity to receive scholarships at the awards banquet. It is gratifying to Clif when he sees his student athletes in attendance at these events so they can see that education and athletics can lead to so much more.
Clif has also been recognized in 2006 by the Community Celebrating Diversity, which honored him with the Diversity Champion Award. Also, in 2000 Clif was chosen by the Alliance of Black Educators as Administrator of the Year.
Equally remarkable to Clif’s career in education is his lifework, talent and passion for track and field. As an accomplished track athlete himself, Clif has competed on several USA track teams, 1980 Olympic Team, and was an All American in track at Arizona State University. While at ASU, he was a member of the 1977 record setting 4×400 relay team (3:01.9) ,and is a member of the ASU Hall of Fame. Clif has also been inducted into the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Relays) Wall of Fame. Clif also was honored by being an Olympic Torch Bearer representing the state of Arizona. Clif also represented USA Track & Field on numerous international teams as a coach and manager.
- Arizona USA Track & Field President
- Board of Directors Community Celebrating Diversity
- USA Track & Field Men’s Development Board
- Vice-Chair USA Track & Field Youth Coaches
- USA Track & Field recipient of the Presidents Award
- Arizona USA Track & Field Association Bill Sawyer Award