Carl Hayden High School

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Carl Hayden Community
High School
Hayden logo.jpg
3333 West Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85009
Coordinates 33°27′27″N 112°07′56″W / 33.457517°N 112.132349°W / 33.457517; -112.132349Coordinates: 33°27′27″N 112°07′56″W / 33.457517°N 112.132349°W / 33.457517; -112.132349
Type Public secondary school
Established 1957
Faculty Approx. 204
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2,203 (October 1, 2012)[1]
Color(s)          Blue and Gold
Mascot Falcon

Carl T. Hayden Community High School is part of the Phoenix Union High School District. The campus is located at 3333 W. Roosevelt Street just west of downtown Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Carl Hayden’s enrollment is 2,203 students, over 90 percent of whom are Hispanic.[2] The school predominantly serves students from partner elementary districts Isaac, Murphy and Riverside, however students from across the district come to the school for its two Phoenix Union Magnet Programs: Computer Studies[3] and Marine Science.[4]


Carl Hayden High School is named after Carl Hayden, a U.S. Representative and Senator who represented Arizona for 57 years, from 1912 to 1969.

The school opened in 1957 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007-2008 with the completion of a $22 million renovation and administration building.


  • Carl Hayden is a Performing School, according to the Arizona Department of Education.[5]
  • Carl Hayden has received worldwide acclaim for its Robotics team, which won the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) International Chairman’s award in 2008, recognized as the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The team first earned notoriety by beating MIT and other universities in an underwater robotics competition in 2004, a story that has been chronicled on ABC’s Nightline and in The Reader’s Digest, among others, and a motion picture is being made. The Falcon Robotics team now hosts its own National Underwater Robotics Competition (NURC) in Chandler each June.
  • Carl Hayden implemented a Pathways to Success partnership thanks to a $1.2 million grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to community organizations that help high school students in Phoenix prepare for postsecondary education. The high school and agencies worked together to develop in-school and out-of-school programs that support students as they progress from high school to college and career opportunities. Phoenix was one of three communities in the nation participating in the initiative.
  • Hayden has also been adopted by the Maecenas Fund, which began awarding full-ride, four-year scholarships awards in 2006.
  • Hayden is also the home of legendary basketball coach Argie Rhymes, who won his 600th game in 2007, and has the second-most wins in Arizona among active coaches. Under his direction, Carl Hayden has won four state championships.
  • Carl Hayden’s last state championship came in boys cross country in 5A Division II in 2005.
  • The school has two award-winning publications: The Corner Stone newspaper and The Statesman yearbook. Its Junior ROTC program has been designated as an “Honor Unit of Distinction” by the U.S. Army.
  • Carl Hayden is the first school in the Phoenix Union High School District to reach a Boys 5A-II soccer championship game but fell in overtime to Phoenix Pinnacle 2-1. For the great season, the Head coach Abner Calderon was named coach of the year for the 5A-II Conference for the soccer section.
  • Carl Hayden's boys' soccer program also won the prestigious Mustang Soccer tournament held in Dobson High School in Mesa, AZ and went undefeated throughout the tournament and only tied one game.
  • It is one of the few Phoenix Union High Schools that host two Magnet Programs which are Computer Science and Marine Science.

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