Shadow Mountain High School

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Shadow Mountain High School
2902 E. Shea Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Coordinates 33°35′02″N 112°01′11″W / 33.58399°N 112.019774°W / 33.58399; -112.019774Coordinates: 33°35′02″N 112°01′11″W / 33.58399°N 112.019774°W / 33.58399; -112.019774
Type Public high school
Established 1974
School district Paradise Valley Unified School District
Principal David Appleman
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,571 (October 1, 2012)[1]
Color(s)          Navy Blue & gold
Mascot Matadors
Rival Paradise Valley High School

Shadow Mountain High School is a public high school located in the north valley of Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The school is part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. The school's athletic teams are known as the Matadors. Shadow Mountain's school colors are navy blue and gold. 1,749 students attend Shadow Mountain as of 1 October 2010. It opened in 1974.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Shadow Mountain High School boasts the largest music program in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Most notably, the SMHS Marching Matadors finished the 2006 competitive marching season with a several caption awards and having earned three Superior awards over the course of the season, with their King Kong marching showing arranged by then-director Jan M. Gardner II. In 2006 they finished the season earning a Superior with Distinction at the state competition, the highest rating attainable in the ABODA Marching Circuit. The Matadors performance of their show "Music for a Darkened Theater: The music of Danny Elfman" received captions in Visual Performance, Music Performance, General Effect, Percussion, and Music General Effect. Alumni of Shadow Mountain High School meet regularly.

The Shadow Mountain Academic Decathlon team hosted the Arizona Region II competition on February 2–3, 2007. The team beat out 28 other schools and took first place with 39,200 points, narrowly defeating South Mountain High School. The team tied for first place in the 2008 regional Super Quiz Competition.[citation needed]

The March of Dimes club is number one in the nation for raising the most money for six years running to help pre-maturely born babies.[2]

Shadow Mountain also has an AFJROTC (Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp.)


Shadow Mountain's main athletic strengths are in cross country; track and field; basketball, and swimming.

Swim and dive[edit]

The Shadow Mountain swim team is one of the top-ranking teams in the state and among many other great swimmers, Misty Hyman (Olympic Gold Medalist) swam for Shadow Mountain. After a hiatus from the competitive swimming world, Misty now is head coach of the team alongside coaching greats Edwin Hsu and Barb Shmuki.


In past years, the baseball team was a perennial state title contender. During the late 80's and 90's, Shadow Mountain continually sent guys to play college and pro ball. Over the last 10 years, the program had fallen on hard times, had a bad public image, gone through multiple coaches and was not very competitive on the field. That all changed when 2000 Carolina League Most Valuable Player Troy Farnsworth was named head coach in late 2010. In the 2011 and 2012 seasons, the Matadors posted back to back winning records for the first time in 10 years and missed the playoffs by 1 game both years.[3]

Fight song[edit]

It's Shadow Mountain,
It's Shadow Mountain,
The pride of every Matador.
Sing of our honor,
Sing of our glory,
It's Shadow Mountain
Now we're for.
Now and forever
Always endeavor
To battle on to victory,
For we will never stop
Till we're on top,
So fight, Shadow Mountain, fight!

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ AIA 2012 enrollment figures
  2. ^ "Arizona Chapter: Events". March of Dimes. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  3. ^ Opponents taking notice of Shadow Mountain's baseball resurgence
  4. ^ "10 Mike Bibby Sacramento Kings". Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  5. ^ "Player Bio: Misty Hyman". Stanford Women's Swimming and Diving. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  6. ^ Metcalfe, Jeff (2011-01-20). "Curt Schilling, Randall McDaniel, Ty Murray, Kerri Strug to enter Arizona Sports Hall of Fame". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  7. ^ "Matadors Hall of Fame". Shadow Mountain High School. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  8. ^ Brown, Casey (August 4, 2006). "What's In A Name?". St. Louis Rams. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  9. ^ "Player Bio: Robbie Findley". Real Salt Lake. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  10. ^ "Drivers: Buddy Rice". Indy Car. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  11. ^ "Interview - Amy Davidson (8 Simple Rules & The Capture of the Green River Killer)". Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  12. ^ "Sleepover". Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  13. ^ "What's new pussycat? Interview with Ashley Roberts". The Herald. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 

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