Principal Becker is captain of ship at Lake Havasu High School
To his friends and family, he goes by “Scott.” But to 81 teachers, 54 staffers and 1,768 students at Lake Havasu High School, he is Mr. Becker.
As principal of Havasu’s largest school, the “mister” preceding his name is a fitting form of address in an environment that emphasizes respect for others.
Tall, soft-spoken and a devoted family man, Becker is now in his fifth year as the school’s principal. Previously, he spent two years as its assistant principal. He came to Havasu in 2001 and began as a physical education teacher at the school. That role was compounded by coaching girls’ basketball, and later, boys varsity basketball.
It’s a game he knows well. He refined his fundamental skills in high school and was on Iowa’s state championship team. Recruited by the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Becker was the team’s power forward.
Becker’s credentials to lead the high school came from Grand Canyon University, where he earned his master’s in education administration.
Family: Wife Marsha and daughters Zoe, Joslyn and Aubrey.
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Hobbies: Golf. But when I play, it takes five hours away from being with my wife and kids. I don’t do it often.
If you had a free weekend, what would you do with it?
Travel on a private jet to the islands and stay in an overwater bungalow. It would be somewhere exotic, like the Maldives (a tropical nation of atolls in the Indian Ocean).
What’s your favorite way to unwind?
Being with friends and family. In the winter, we sit around the fire pit. In summer, we are lucky enough to have a pool.
Where is your next vacation taking you?
Canada. We’ll go to Saskatchewan to see family.
What actor would be most likely to play you in a movie about your life?
My wife would want to see Duane “The Rock” Johnson play me.
What’s one goal you still hope to achieve?
I’m working on two – being a good husband and being a good dad.
What’s your all-time favorite movie?
It’s a tie between “The Green Mile” and “Shawshank Redemption.”
”The Blacklist.” And in summer, it’s “Big Brother.” We watch it religiously.
If you could change lives with anyone for a day, who would you like to be?
My wife. We’ve often talked about trading places so we can see life through the other person’s eyes.
If you weren’t in your present career, what would you like to be?
An airline pilot. In high school, I planned to join the Air Force and learn to fly. But I was recruited to play (college) basketball, so I went in a different direction.
What’s the craziest, most impulsive thing you’ve ever done that you can talk about?
One year, we opened our gifts on Christmas. The next day, it was like, “Now what are we going to do?” I researched prices for cabins in Flagstaff, but I changed my mind. I told the family that we were going on a trip, they had two hours to get ready and to pack warm clothes. I went out for an oil change for the truck. Then we drove to Canada to see family.
What song makes you want to dance?
There are two: “Plug Walk” and “Big Bank Take Little Bank.”
What song makes you nostalgic?
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. Marsha and I walked down the aisle to it.
What’s something most people would be surprised to learn about you? I’m extremely shy.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would that be?
Bill Self. He’s the University of Kansas basketball coach.
What was your worst job?
I worked on a paint line in a factory. Tractor parts were hung on hooks and I had to blow out the seams with an air hose. I stood next to a dryer that was so hot. Imagine how hot and humid it is in Iowa in the summer. It was terrible. In another job, I worked at Oscar Mayer. It was so cold in there. Did you know that Lunchables are packed by hand? Every cracker, every slice of cheese, every piece of meat.
What scares you?
What food can’t you live without?
Steak – a ribeye, medium rare.
What are your treasures?
I’ve been out of high school 25 years now, but I still have my state championship ring. It’s gold-colored with a red stone. One side has a basketball player on it and the other side has number 51, which was my number. The ring doesn’t fit anymore.
What’s your everyday accessory?
My readers (glasses).
Is there a store you visit often?
The grocery store. We go every Sunday, but it seems like we go back at least three times during the week.