Chaparral High School (Arizona)
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|Chaparral High School|
|6935 E. Gold Dust Avenue
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85253
|Motto||"Turn up or transfer"|
|School district||Scottsdale Unified School District|
|Enrollment||2,125 (October 1, 2012)|
|Color(s)||Gold and Red|
Student body and academics
Chaparral High School has consistently ranked in Newsweek's list of Best High Schools in America, and in 2007 Chaparral was one of only 12 schools ranked in Arizona. The high school holds the state record for having the most National Merit Scholars in one year (24 in 2000). Additionally, the school has also earned the record most in-state Presidential Scholars in Arizona, with 17 in 2003. Chaparral is the only school in Arizona to have students win the highest honors at the Siemens Westinghouse Competition and Intel Science Talent Search, two of the most prestigious science competitions in the U.S.
Speech and Debate
In recent years, Chaparral High School has developed what is arguably the best public-forum debate (PFD) team in the state. For eight years in a row, at least one team from Chaparral High School has represented the state of Arizona at Nationals, highlighting their state-wide dominance in PF debate. However, since the graduation of Humorous Interpretation State Champion Lawrence Nemeh in 2011, Chaparral's speech team has struggled. Speech and Debate competes at nationwide tournaments, including at Harvard University and ASU. In the 2012 season, Arshan Barzani was the team's most successful member, having participated in PFD. It is speculated the Mr. Barzani will be one of the team's best up-and-coming debaters, not only within the school, but also within the entire nation. Though Arshan is highly skilled in PFD, he is rivaled by the school's current top debater, Max Miller, who was Chaparral's best debater of the year in 2013.
Chaparral has two concert choirs, JV and Advanced Vocal Ensemble. There is also an outside of school group called Nothing But Treble (an all-girls group). The school also features symphonic and concert orchestras, two concert bands, a marching band, jazz band, show choir, and various ensemble groups.
In 2009, the Chaparral Marching Band placed second in Division III at the ABODA State Marching Band Championships. In 2011, the marching band placed second in Division II of the Gilbert Marching Competition, qualifying them for the State Marching Festival. At the State Marching Festival, the marching band placed in the top 10 and received a "Superior" rating, scoring 92 out of 100 in General Effect. The drumline received an "Excellent" rating and "Outstanding" awards for Best Bass Drum Line and Best Front Ensemble (Pit). At the "Summerlin Spectacular" in Las Vegas, Nevada, the marching band won first place and was recognized for High Music Performance and High Visual Performance. To finish off the 2011–2012 season, the marching band placed sixth at the ABODA State Marching Band Championship.
In the 2011–2012 season, the jazz band placed first in the "Music in the Parks Festival" in Yorba Linda, California and was named Overall Best High School Jazz Band. At the same festival, the concert band received top honors, being named Best Concert Band.
Chaparral is home to Thespian Troupe #203, which performs two main-stage productions, a musical, and Student Productions each year. Chaparral is also home to the student run comedy improv troupe, Home IMPROVment, which has run for 6 seasons as of 2012 and hosts multiple shows each per year.
In 2009, Firebird Robotics won the Teacher of the Year Award at the Arizona Regional, which recognized Chaparral guidance counselor Chris Perry's work with the team. In 2011, again at the Arizona Regional, Firebird Robotics won the Hard-Hat Award for Safety Presentation, recognizing their knowledge on safety protocol and procedure, and won the Entrepreneurship Award, recognizing a team which has developed a comprehensive business plan in order to define, manage, and achieve team objectives. Firebird Robotics also attended the Vegas Regional, where they won the Website Award for excellence in student-designed, built, and managed FIRST team websites.
The school's athletic program has historically been best known for its baseball program. The team has earned ten state championship titles, has made the final four of the state tournament 19 times, and has won 24 regional championship titles. In 2006, Chaparral was ranked in USA Today's Super 25 High School Baseball Team list. Coach Jerry Dawson, who retired after the 2010 season, was one of three baseball coaches in school history. Coach Dawson was selected as the national "Coach of the Year" three times and had more than 700 victories to go along with 8 state championships. Under Coach Dawson's tenure, over 140 young men have gone on to play at the college and/or professional levels.
In 2011, ESPN ranked Chaparral tenth in the nation for preseason high school football teams. The team has won six state championships, including back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000 with teams that went 28–0. The Firebirds won the state championship in 2002 with a 21–14 victory over Greenway High School. Under the tenure of head coach Charlie Ragle, Chaparral appeared in four straight state titles and won three of them. In 2008, Chaparral lost 38–0 in the 4A Division I state final to their rivals, Saguaro High School.
In 2009, the football program moved up a division to 5A-II, where it would dominate the next two seasons, winning back-to-back state championships over Marcos de Niza High School in 2009 and Peoria's Centennial High School in 2010. The 2010 team, which went undefeated, put on a dominating performance throughout the season with a stingy defense, and an offense that set a state record for points in a season with 727. In 2011, the team played in the Barry Sollenberger Kickoff Classic — which features top Arizona teams against top Nevada teams — in the same year, losing to Las Vegas's Bishop Gorman High School 42–22, but the team won a third state title — this time in the new Division II, over Cienega High School from Vail, Arizona.
After the 2011 season, Coach Ragle announced he was leaving to join Rich Rodriguez as an assistant at the University of Arizona. He had a 63–7 record while at the school. Offensive coordinator Dave Huffine was promoted as his replacement.
Chaparral's varsity badminton team is one of the most successful in the state of Arizona. Coach Carrie Davis has coached the team for over 30 years, leading the Firebirds to six state championship titles in 1994, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010. In addition, under Coach Davis, the team placed second in the state three times and has won more than 18 Regional Championship titles since 1976.
With their state championship title win in 2004, Chaparral became the first 4A high school badminton team in Arizona to win a repeat state championship title. In 2005, the Firebirds beat their own record by winning a third straight state title, becoming the only 4A high school badminton team in Arizona to do so. The varsity team in 2005 included seniors Judy Fan, Laura Hathaway, Bethany Kington, Amanda Massimini, Jennifer Pan, and Jenika Raub (née Van Dyke).
In fall 2010, the Firebirds badminton team won the state title against their rival, Xavier. Chaparral's doubles team won the Individual Doubles State Championship in 2010 as well. Their athletes, Alex Hoffmann (then junior) and Courtney Foltz (then sophomore) were unseeded going into the competition and they pulled an unexpected victory over Gilbert High School's doubles team.
In 2012, Arizona badminton history was made when senior Courtney Foltz won the Individual Singles Championship and became the first badminton athlete to ever win all three state championships: Team State (2010), Individual Doubles State (2010), and Individual Singles State (2012).
Chaparral's men's club lacrosse team has won seven state championship titles, in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011—more than any other school in Arizona. The 2011 championship was won under the direction of coach PJ Rovinelli and his staff and the leadership of Warren Black that held the team together when the year before there was no leadership. Like the championship game that was played in 2009, Chaparral played against the defending champions, the Brophy Broncos, and the Firebirds won by the score of 10–9. Caping off a 15–1 record and being ranked in top 25 on the west coast.
Chaparral's fastpitch softball team won the National Championship title in 1998, the Arizona state championship title in 1989, 1995, 1996, and 1997, and were state champion runner-ups in 1993, 1994, and 2007. Since 1997, eighteen women from Chaparral's softball team have gone on to play at the college level.
Chaparral's Men's Golf team has won seven state championship titles, in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Local 25-year PGA veteran and Arizona State University Hall of Famer, Howard Twitty is currently an assistant coach.
Chaparral has an ever-growing wrestling program led by coach Terrence Tillet. The wrestling team started with 7 students its first year, but now has over 70. In 2011, there was only one state champion, Jeff Wilson. He won freshman state in the 145 division. He is now varsity 138 and the team is hoping that he will win varsity state.
Chaparral's Varsity Cheerleading squad, coached by Shelley Singer, won the National Cheerleading Championship title in 2009, 2010 and 2013, and won the Arizona State Cheerleading Championship title in 2010 and 2011. The cheerleading squad cheers for the football, men's and women's basketball teams.
- Brian Bannister, baseball player for the Kansas City Royals
- Darrell Bevell, American football coach for the Seattle Seahawks and former quarterback
- Charles Brewer, baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks
- Ike Davis, baseball player for the New York Mets
- Paul Konerko, baseball player for the Chicago White Sox
- Taylor Lewan, football player for the Michigan Wolverines
- Darren Mougey, football player for the Arizona Cardinals
- Craig Roh, Practice squad for the Carolina Panthers
- Lyle Sendlein, football player for the Arizona Cardinals
- Kyle Williams, football player for the San Francisco 49ers
- Ekom Udofia, football player for the New Orleans Saints
Entertainment and media
- Stephenie Meyer, author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga book series
- The Bella Twins, professional wrestlers and models
- Jason Bellini, journalist, lead news anchor for CBS News on Logo, former CNN correspondent
- Jess Bowen, drummer for The Summer Set
- Alexandra Bracken, author
- Chronic Future, band
- Lauren Hildebrandt, pop singer, dancer, and actress
- Charlene Kaye, singer/songwriter
- Busy Philipps, actress
- Kenneth Robert Wilson a.k.a. Ginger Fish, drummer (Marilyn Manson)
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