North High School (Phoenix, Arizona)

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North High School
1101 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85006, United States
Coordinates 33°28′47″N 112°03′29″W / 33.479614°N 112.05802°W / 33.479614; -112.05802Coordinates: 33°28′47″N 112°03′29″W / 33.479614°N 112.05802°W / 33.479614; -112.05802
Type Public secondary school
Established 1939
Faculty Approx. 219
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2,530 (October 1, 2012)[1]
Color(s)          Blue and Red
Mascot Mustang

North High School is part of the Phoenix Union High School District. The campus is located at 1101 East Thomas Road north of downtown Phoenix, Arizona, USA. North’s enrollment is 2,530 students.[2] The school predominantly serves students from partner elementary districts Madison, Osborn, Creighton and Phoenix Elementary.

North is the home of the local International Baccalaureate Magnet Program. The International Baccalaureate offers the college-bound student an opportunity to earn a special high school diploma. The program demands a high level of proficiency in all academic areas and requires a minimum of four years of one foreign language. Challenging classes that meet IB standards assure students the opportunity to achieve at levels set by and tested by, the International Baccalaureate organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.


North High School opened its doors to 1,517 students in 1939.[3]

Declining enrollment and budget shortfalls in the late 1970s forced the district governing board in 1981 to close North High along with Phoenix Union, East and West high schools. Shortly after that, lawsuits were filed by inner city parents; in its decision in Castro v. Phoenix Union High School District, the U.S. District Court ruled that the district must restore educational opportunities to inner city high school students. The district chose to reopen North High in order to satisfy the court's concerns. In the fall of 1983, after a $1.2 million renovation, North was opened once again, with a freshman class of 595 students drawn from a mix of Hispanic (50%), black (10%), and white (30%) neighborhoods. In addition, a small number of sophomores, juniors, and seniors (some of which had attended North in 1980) chose to transfer to North, to complete their education there. North also received further improvements to ensure that inner-city students have access to a quality education.

In the early 1990s, North High was faced with the removal of asbestos from their buildings. Building by building, over a three-year period, the school was torn apart, rebuilt, and remodeled. At that time, a new Administration building was constructed, and a new Art wing was added to the Science building. The large student eating area and covered ramada in the center of campus were also added at that time. The original brick exterior of the school was replaced with stucco and a Southwestern trim.

In December 1998, construction was completed on an addition to the Language Arts Building. This addition was part of continued efforts to ease crowded conditions. The highest student population occurred in the 1998-99 school year, with an enrollment of over 2700.


North High School offers a wide variety of sports including:

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