During the 1970s,
pocket communities took shape, providing the services, schools, and
shopping traditionally offered by a city. Annexation issues became prominent
as Salt Lake County and Sandy vied for control over land and resources.
Sandy became a collection of small local communities identified by a
youthful, family-oriented population. For many it seemed that Sandy
was a bedroom community, an extension of Salt Lake City. Nevertheless,
in the 1980s Sandy officials worked to create a community with an identity
of its own and a vision for the future.
Sandy High School
students originally attended Jordan High School, which was completed
in 1913. In 1962 Hillcrest High School was completed, followed by Brighton
in 1969 and Alta in 1978. Sandy students attend seven middle schools
and over a dozen elementary schools. The community is served by a new
modern library completed in 1991.
employers at the present are Alta View Hospital, Becton Dickinson/Deseret
Medical, Economy Builders Supply, Jordan School District, MacManagement,
Sandy City, Shopko, Wasatch Building Products, Inc., Western Rehabilitation
Institute, Discover Card, and the South Towne Mall.
Christian denominations with congregations in Sandy include Alta Canyon Baptist Church, Berean
Baptist Church, Blessed Sacrament Church, Church of Christ of South
Salt Lake, Community of Grace Presbyterian Church, Eleventh Hour Christian
Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Grace Community Bible Church,
Grace Lutheran Church, Hilltop United Methodist Church, Jehovah's Witnesses,
Mountain View Christian Assembly, Sandy Baptist Church, Seventh-day
Adventists, and South East Baptist Church. The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints has numerous stakes and wards. The city's population
in 1990 was 75,058.
See: Martha Sonntag
Bradley, Sandy City: The First 100 Years (1993).