Agua Fria High School
|Agua Fria Union High School|
530 E. Riley Drive
|Established||1928 (Litchfield Park)|
1956 (as Agua Fria)
|School district||Agua Fria Union High School District|
|Color(s)||Red and grey|
It was established in 1928 as Litchfield Park High School. In 1956, the school relocated to Avondale and obtained its current name. In the 1982-83 school year, it was honored as a Blue Ribbon school.
Agua Fria offers college preparatory coursework, along with career and technical education. Agua Fria also offers a respected music program; the Night Owl Jazz band regularly performs at jazz festivals throughout the Phoenix Area, and has qualified for the Arizona State Jazz Festival in both 2006, 2007 and 2009 when they were the first jazz ensemble to receive a rating of "superior with distinctions". Also in 2006, the Agua Fria Band of Owls was the first to receive a rating of "superior with distinctions" in the district.
Agua Fria has had a track and field program worth recognition as well. Under the direction of coach Ted Campbell, as well as Brian Bogen, the Owls morphed into perennial winners. Between 1997 and 2007, the boys' track team had a duel meet record of 112 wins and 13 losses, came home with countless invitational trophies, took first place in its region five years in a row (from 2004 to 2008), and won state titles back to back in 2006 and 2007.
Agua Fria men's basketball has been prominent in tournaments and championships. From 2007 to 2009, the varsity team made it to the 4A-I state finals, but fell short of winning the championship to Millennium High School (division rivals) and Sunnyslope High School. In 2016, they once again made it to playoffs, but lost in the semi-final round to the team that wound up winning the state championship.
Agua Fria's cheerleading team has also been a frequent state and national contender in the past few years. During the 2015-2016 school year, head coach Torie Jones secured the team their first state bid in the school's history, and has secured a bid for them every year since. In her third year, she also took the varsity cheer team to finals at USA Nationals for the first time.
In the late spring of 2011, covered parking with solar panel installations was scheduled to be added to Agua Fria and Millennium high schools; the district had already added solar panels to the roofs at Desert Edge High School and Verrado High School in 2010. It was estimated that some 40 percent of the entire district's energy needs would come from solar panels at its high schools upon completion.
- Aaron Altherr, baseball player
- Cardell Camper, baseball player
- Chelsey Crisp, actress
- Terrance A. Davis, computer programmer and programming language designer
- Johnathan Doody, murderer (with Alessandro Garcia) convicted in the massacre of nine people at the Wat Promkunaram Buddhist Temple in Waddell, Arizona
- Alessandro Garcia, murderer (with Johnathan Doody) convicted in the massacre of nine people at the Wat Promkunaram Buddhist Temple in Waddell, Arizona
- Shawn Gilbert, baseball player
- Everson Griffen, football player
- Sam Johnson, football player
- Bill Lueck, football player
- Randall McDaniel, NFL Hall of Fame
- Sammy Solis, baseball player
- Rusty Tillman, football player
- "Agua Fria High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
- Tom Fitzpatrick (January 13, 1993). "Dealing with a Confessed Serial Killer". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
Alex Garcia, 17, a former student at Agua Fria High School... the school Garcia and Doody had attended.
- Russo, Mike (August 19, 2010). "Agua Fria grad signs with Nats". West Valley View. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved May 1, 2015.