Deer Valley High School (Glendale, Arizona)

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Coordinates: 33°39′9.62″N 112°10′19.86″W / 33.6526722°N 112.1721833°W / 33.6526722; -112.1721833

Deer Valley High School
Deer Valley High School (Glendale, Arizona) Hawk emblem.jpg
18424 N 51st Ave.
Glendale, Arizona

United States of America
Type Public
Established 1980
School district Deer Valley Unified School District
Principal Kim Crooks
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,911 (October 1, 2012)[1]
Color(s)                Navy, silver, and Columbia blue
Mascot Skyhawk
Newspaper Skyhawk Flight

Deer Valley High School is a public high school located in Glendale, Arizona, part of the Deer Valley Unified School District. The school opened its doors in 1980 with an initial enrollment of 750 students. Today, the campus is housed on more than 60 acres (240,000 m2) with a current enrollment of about 1,900 students. Deer Valley High School has long been recognized for outstanding student achievements in a wide range of academics and athletics. The school is run by over 100 teachers, plus five counselors, one psychologist, four administrators, and numerous other support staff with Kim Crooks as the current principal. The school was renovated, starting in the fall of 2010 and completed the next year, the first major renovations to the school since its 1980 construction.


Deer Valley High School offers all Arizona Interscholastic Association-sanctioned sports as of the 2011-2012 school year (with the addition of badminton across the district). Since 1985, the school has won 10 state titles: three in softball, two in girls' cross country, and one each in boys' track and field; boys' tennis; baseball; boys' volleyball; and girls' basketball.

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  • Academic Decathlon
  • Art Club
  • Best Buddies
  • Broadcasting
  • Christian Club on Campus
  • Close-Up Government
  • Cosplay Club
  • DECA
  • Drill Team
  • Drama/Thespian Club
  • FBLA
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Integral
  • Invisible Children Club
  • International Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Key Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper (The Skyhawk Flight)
  • Peer Mediators
  • Physics Club
  • Quill & Scroll
  • Quest
  • Science Club
  • Society of Female Scholars
  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Speech and Debate
  • Stagecraft
  • Student Government
  • Yearbook


The current band program offers 3 Concert Bands (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band), 3 Jazz Bands (Performance Jazz Ensemble, Advanced Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble), several Jazz Combos, Marching Band, Percussion and Colorguard.

The Deer Valley Performance Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the 60th Annual Midwest Clinic in 2006. The Performance Jazz Ensemble has won 3 National Contests (2002 and 2006, Conn-Selmer Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Jazz Contest and the 2006 Music and Arts Spring Swing Competition) 2 National Runner-Ups (2003 and 2004, Conn-Selmer Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Jazz Contest) and been featured at the 2005 and 2006 Arizona Music Educator's Conference.

The Marching Band has performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1994) and also in the Tournament of Roses Parade (1994) as well as the Fiesta Bowl National Pageant of Bands.

The school hosts its own jazz festival and the DVUSD marching bands exhibition.

The 2006-2007 Marching Band received a rating of Superior with Distinction at the 2006 State Marching Festival and the Performance Jazz Ensemble has been invited to perform at the 2007 Western International Band Clinic in Seattle.

On October 20, 2007 the Marching Band received the Rating of Superior at the Arizona State University Band Day, as well as awards for Outstanding Music, Visual, GE and Auxiliary.

The Performance Jazz Ensemble most recently had a work commissioned by Fred Sturm called "Skyhawk", published by the Lorenz Corporation.

The Deer Valley Skyhawk Marching Band won the 2014 Division II AZ State Championships with a performance score of 85.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ AIA 2012 enrollment figures
  2. ^ Piecoro, Nick. "Diamondbacks, Bob Howry agree to terms on one year deal." The Arizona Republic 26 December 2009: link
  3. ^ O'Connor, Christopher (9 Oct 2003). "Adjusting to Format". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
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