Cactus Shadows High School

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Cactus Shadows High School
5802 E. Dove Valley Rd.
Cave Creek, Arizona, 85331
United States
School type Public High School
Established 1982
School district Cave Creek USD
Principal Steven C. Bebee
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,744[1]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)      Navy
Mascot Falcons
Newspaper CS Press

Cactus Shadows High School is a public high school located in Cave Creek, Arizona. It is the only high school in the Cave Creek Unified School District.

In 1974 the first committee met in Cave Creek to form a high school. In the fall of 1982, the doors opened to the first campus located at 60th Street with grades 7-9. (This campus is currently Black Mountain Elementary School.) The first graduating class was in 1986. In January 1995, Cactus Shadows High School opened in its current location at 5802 E. Dove Valley Rd. In the summer of 1999, the second phase of building the campus was completed. In 2006 six classrooms were occupied at the former Black Mountain Elementary School, now called Cactus Shadows East Campus.[2] The district is building 38,000 new square feet of classroom space at Cactus Shadows and an expanded cafeteria, as well as repainting the school and upgrading its numerous systems.[3][4]


Cactus Shadows athletics compete at the Division II level and is a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. Programs provided include:

  • Boys Golf (Fall)
  • Girls Golf (Fall)
  • Cross Country (Fall)
  • Swim and Dive (Fall)
  • Football (Fall)
  • Volleyball (Fall)
  • Hockey (Fall)
  • Mountain Biking (Fall)
  • Boys Basketball (Winter)
  • Girls Basketball (Winter)
  • Boys Soccer (Winter)
  • Girls Soccer (Winter)
  • Wrestling (Winter)
  • Baseball (Spring)
  • Softball (Spring)
  • Boys Tennis (Spring)
  • Girls Tennis (Spring)
  • Track and Field (Spring)
  • Cheer (All Year)
  • Pom (All Year)

Cactus Shadows Cheer is the current 2014 USA National Champions in the Super Varsity Show Cheer Advanced Division. The All Girl Stunt Group took 2nd Place in the 2014 Nationals. The All Girl Stunt Group are the 2011 USA National Champions! They are the reigning 8 time AIA Division II Varsity Cheer State Champions (2006-2007-2008-2009-2010-2011-2013-2014) and Spiritline Overall Champions (2006-2007-2008-2009-2011-2013-2014), and the 7 time AZ State Cheer Varsity Champions. [5]

Cactus Shadows Football was the 4A Division II State Champion in 2006

Cactus Shadows Boys Tennis was the 4A Division II State Champion in 2006 and 2007

Cactus Shadows Baseball was the 4A Division II State Champion in 2006

Cactus Shadows Nest[edit]

The Cactus Shadows Nest is the student section at Cactus Shadows, and is known for consistently being one of the best in the state. Among basketball student sections, Cactus Shadows was ranked 7th best in Arizona by AZCentral [6] in 2014, and the only division II school in the rankings. The Nest is known for their annual Silent Night game, which rivals any in the country. The Nest is arguably the best student section in Arizona for football, but there are no rankings for this.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Fight Song[edit]

Cactus Shadows,
Cactus Shadows,
Pride in blue and grey.
Falcon Spirit
Make 'em fear it
Fight for victory
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Mighty Falcons,
Mighty Falcons,
Spirit next to none
Go Falcons, win this game
We're number one!
(To the tune of "On Wisconsin")


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  2. ^ "About CSHS - History". 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  3. ^ Beth, Mary (2011-02-16). "Cave Creek schools to receive energy upgrades". Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  4. ^ Beth, Mary (2010-10-30). "Cave Creek district renovation projects to begin in March". Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
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  7. ^ Escudero, Nicki (November 16, 2009). "Young Band The Summer Set Reps for the Valley". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Arizona native Taylor Lewan selected by Tennessee Titans in 2014 NFL draft". Arizona Republic. May 9, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ Martin, Dan (February 20, 2014). "Jaron’s Long journey home to Yankees spring training". New York Post. Retrieved August 22, 2014.