Thunderbird Adventist Academy

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Thunderbird Adventist Academy
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Coordinates 33°36′35″N 111°55′14″W / 33.609712°N 111.920596°W / 33.609712; -111.920596Coordinates: 33°36′35″N 111°55′14″W / 33.609712°N 111.920596°W / 33.609712; -111.920596
Type Private high school
Motto Prepare for Life
Religious affiliation(s) Seventh-day Adventist Church
Established 1920
Principal Barry Warren
Faculty 30
Number of students 152 (October 1, 2012)[1]
School color(s) Royal blue and white

Thunderbird Adventist Academy (TAA) is a private Seventh-day Adventist Christian high school and boarding academy in Scottsdale, Arizona.


In 1900, the Seventh-day Adventist Church created an elementary school in Phoenix. It expanded to include an intermediate school after several years. The need for an academy was becoming clear as more Seventh-day Adventists moved to Arizona. Finally, in 1920, Arizona Academy opened in northeast Phoenix with two dormitories and classes taught on the lower levels.

In 1953, the Seventh-day Adventist Church bought Thunderbird Field#2, an Army air base that included almost 600 acres of land, from the federal government. The school, now under its current name, moved to the former air base, and up until the 1970s and construction of new facilities, the school used the old Army buildings on site. Former hangars became a wood products industry and a vocational education center offering woodworking, welding and mechanics training, while the field itself was used to train missionary pilots.[2] In 1963, to finance renovations, TAA commissioned an industrial park to surround the airport. In 1966, the city of Scottsdale bought the airfield.


Academics offered at TAA range from entry level classes to Advanced Placement in math, science, and English.

Thunderbird Academy offeres two types of diplomas, a standard and a college preparatory diploma. The requirements for the latter are more stringent; a student must complete three or four years of mathematics and four or three years of science. Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.75 will graduate with honors; those who have a GPA of 3.75 or higher will graduate with high honors.

TAA is accredited through the Western Association of Schools & Colleges and the Adventist Accrediting Association.


All students in grades 9-12 are required to take three years of physical education classes. The high school is a full member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The school fields varsity teams in baseball, basketball, boys' fall soccer, softball, and girls' volleyball. They also have the Wings Acrobatic Team.

Campus ministries[edit]

The school offers campus ministry services, such as on-campus Sabbath services; student-led Sabbath School classes; evangelism and mission trips; and ministry outreach.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Sergeant Aaron Cruttenden, killed by small-arms fire in Afghanistan on 7 November 2010[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AIA 2012 enrollment figures
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