Centennial High School (Peoria, Arizona)

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Centennial High School
14388 North 79th Avenue, Peoria, Arizona,
United States of America 85381

Coordinates 33°37′00″N 112°13′49″W / 33.61664°N 112.230208°W / 33.61664; -112.230208Coordinates: 33°37′00″N 112°13′49″W / 33.61664°N 112.230208°W / 33.61664; -112.230208
Type Public Secondary
Motto Go Big or Go Home
Established 1990
Principal Christine Lopezlira
Faculty 153
Enrollment 2,128 (October 1, 2012)[1]
Color(s)                Red, White, and Blue
Mascot Coyotes

Centennial High School (often abbreviated CeHS) is a public secondary school located in Peoria, Arizona, United States, part of the Peoria Unified School District. The school opened its doors in August 1990. It is the district's largest school (of seven) by enrollment, with more than 2,100 students.

Mission statement[edit]


Centennial continues to have a tradition of excellence in academics.  As an excelling school in school years 2005–2008, CeHS continuously encourages the students to be the best they can be in all life areas.  One of the greatest assets is the staff that works daily with the students and helps students see the benefit of lifelong learning.  Centennial's principal Jim Davis won the 2009 Milken Education Award for an excelling educator in America on October 30, 2009, by the Milken Family Foundation.  He received a $25,000 prize benefit for his achievement.  Davis knew nothing about this award prior to the event, and, in his own words, “I don't like prizes”.[2]

The class of 2010 had a 96% graduation rate with 32% going on to attend a 4-year college and 48% going on to attend a 2-year college.

Other academic achievements:[3]

  • 2007–2008: Centennial had 1 National Merit Finalist and 1 National Hispanic Scholar.
  • 2008–2009: Centennial had 2 students recognized by the National Merit program as commended students.
  • 2009–2010: Centennial had 1 student recognized by the National Merit program as a commended student.
  • 2010–2011: Centennial has 2 students named National Merit Semi-finalists, 1 student named National Merit Finalist and 1 student named a National Hispanic Scholar.


Centennial is continually excelling in all areas of athletics, currently leading the example for Arizona high schools.  The Centennial varsity football team won the 5A-II Arizona High School football championship in 2006, 2007, and 2008 and has also defeated high other ranking 5A-I teams such as Hamilton.  Other rivalries include those with Scottsdale Chaparral, Chandler High, and Centennial's long-standing district rival, Sunrise Mountain High School.  Centennial has many various types of sports in which people can try out depending on the season.

Football Program[edit]

Centennial's football program continually exceeds in all areas.  The varsity football team has won three consecutive 5A-II division championships outplaying larger 5A-I teams including Brophy Prep, Pinnacle, and long-standing powerhouse Hamilton.  The freshman and junior varsity teams have continually won division playoffs in 2007 as well as 2008.

Centennial's incredible 39-game winning streak came to an end on Friday, December 4, 2009, in the 5A-II State semifinals.  The Coyotes lost to the Tempe Marcos de Niza Padres, 16-14, in a tightly-contested game at North Canyon High School.

Cross Country Program[edit]

After its many years hidden beneath the campus of Centennial, the Cross Country team is finally receiving some of the long deserved recognition. As the boys and girls progress in their seasons, both teams are becoming more impressive. With the boys' varsity team consisting of numerous state qualifying runners, they have won multiple invitationals against some of the best teams in the state. In the 2012-2013 season, the boys earned the District Championship and are currently defending it once again this season.

Captains Zach Willems & Brandon Tice regularly encourage the team and motivate their fellow runners to strive for greatness. Coach Weeks, Coleman, and Repak, with their many combined years of experience, effectively train the athletes everyday. This 2013-2014 season could be the year the Cross Country program walks away with a more than just dirt on their shoes; the team is heading to state.

Complete Sports Programs[edit]

Visual and Performing Arts[edit]

The Performing Arts division at CeHS is designed to allow students to explore a variety of visual performing arts.  Many students are involved in creating visual, pleasing artwork in classes such as art, ceramics, media, and photo.

Centennial has a wide variety of programs that nurture the young artist in all students.  Centennial currently offers classes such as ceramics, art, photography, media, dance, chorus, and band that let students explore their creative talents through many mediums.  Students are given the opportunity to explore their interests in diverse ways while building self-confidence and skills that could lead to a future career.

In ceramics, students learn the basics of working with clay—everything from hand building to throwing on the wheel.  Art classes allow students to learn the fundamentals of color, form, and imagination.  Photography gives students the opportunity to develop their own pictures.  Media Productions, led by Ken Keene, places students in a real working studio.  They are able to produce, direct, write, and perform in a variety of types of productions.  There are other opportunities like Media Internships.  Dance, both beginning, advanced, and performance, led by Kim McFall, are popular classes that offer the opportunity to develop skills in all forms of dance.  Students gain confidence and strength while having fun.  Drama, led by Laura Colletti, gives students the chance to work on stage productions and learn every aspect of producing a stage program.  Choir, led by Geoff Hutter, offers students the chance to discover talent through the power of the human voice. Band, led by Daniel Stone, gives students the chance to experience the rush of performing music in front of large audience.  Band is offered in four forms: Marching, Jazz, Orchestra, or Concert.  Newspaper, led by Silver Apple award winner, Dr. Todd Wolff, and mentor by Dr. Penn, gives students the chance to develop a quality news publication and engage in rich responsibilities in journalism and beyond to the future and space.  Yearbook, led by Cybill Jacob, allows students to take on the task on the creation of the annual yearbook.  From interviewing students to taking photos, and editing pages, all aspects require students to apply some form of their media or journalism knowledge into creating everlasting memories.

Each program nurtures young artists to work creatively in self-expression and visual communication.  Centennial's Arts programs engage students to develop their artistic talents and study artists who have had a lasting impact on our culture and society.  These programs enhance the academic curriculum by building self-confidence and promoting individuality that will carry into the careers of the future.

Award Winning Band Program[edit]

Centennial has a terrific tradition of excellence in the band programs.  The band programs were directed by Mr. David Pietsch for eleven years and Jill Mahoney for the 2011-2013 academic years. The band program is now under the direction of the new director Mr. Daniel Stone and includes the Pride of the Pack Marching Band & Color Guard, Jazz Bands, Orchestra, and Guitar/Piano.  Every other year beginning with 1992, Centennial's marching band has been chosen to perform at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California as an Excelling, Division II high school marching band.  The bands—including marching, jazz, and strings—have performed in a wide variety of competitions at locations including Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, the Disneyland Resort, SeaWorld San Diego, as well as numerous high schools throughout Arizona and California.

Fight Song[edit]

On Coyotes to victory
Come on and win for the
Red, White and Blue.
Run up that score,
Coyotes to victory,
Centennial we're for you!

We're up against that foe
So Go, Coyotes, Go!
The best team you'll always be
So win that game
Centennial Coyotes
Roll on to Victory!


Many clubs such as: SEA Club (Science & Environmental Awareness), Drama Club, Plan B Improv Club, International Thespian Society, CCC (Christian Club on Campus), DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), FEA (Future Educators of America), NHS (National Honor Society), FCCLA (Future Career and Community Leaders of America), Student Council, Schools for Schools, Media Club, Photo Society, Yearbook, Key Club, French Club, Norwegian Club, German Club, Culture Club, Breakfast Club, Interact, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), Skills USA, Speech & Debate, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and JCA Japanese Culture Club are offered on Centennial's campus.

Feeder Schools[edit]

  • Desert Harbor Elementary
  • Ira A Murphy Elementary
  • Oasis Elementary
  • Paseo Verde Elementary
  • Sundance Elementary


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