Katy Perry might sing about California girls, but Arizona is the state she once called home. Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory Headmaster Sheryl Temple says that Katy walked these school halls for three years.
"For second grade, she had Mrs. Corbin, who just recently retired," said Sheryl Temple. Katy's first lessons started here in kindergarten, her big eyes and charming smile a giveaway in her 1990 yearbook photo. "This would be the playground that she came out and played on, as well as the field areas as she got past kindergarten so first and second would be out on the field."
Not only did Katy flip through books in the school library, she also got a taste for performing on stage.
"She definitely had music education, and at that time I believe the music teacher was really established, I think shes in Nashville right now and it was a show choir type atmosphere," she said.
But Perry's most vivid memory here may have been of a special teacher. Mrs. Dorothy Dalton. Perry recently told a media publication that "Mrs. Dalton was my first-grade teacher, and that's when I started becoming a conscious adult."
When Katy sat in this very classroom there were about half as many students at the school as there are today, and while there're some rumblings about Katy Perry attending here a lot of people don't know that she did because at the time her last name was Hudson.
"People ask us and we say 'yup, yup, she did go here,' and you know she was a delightful student and child and beyond that life is where its at," said Temple.
It's not possible to see Katy's class photo from the year she was in Mrs. Dalton's class because Katy was sick the day that the year book photos were taken. I did, however, get to see a plaque in honor of Katy's beloved teacher, Mrs. Dalton. She retired over ten years ago and her memory lives on in a school scholarship fund.