Alhambra High School (Arizona)

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Alhambra High School
Alhambra Lions Logo.jpg
3839 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85019
Coordinates 33°30′31″N 112°08′30″W / 33.508661°N 112.141684°W / 33.508661; -112.141684Coordinates: 33°30′31″N 112°08′30″W / 33.508661°N 112.141684°W / 33.508661; -112.141684
Type Public secondary school
Established 1961
Principal Karen Cardenas
Faculty 245
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2,734 (October 1, 2012)[1]
Color(s)          Red and Green
Mascot Lion

Alhambra High School is part of the Phoenix Union High School District. The campus is located at 3839 West Camelback Road, northwest of downtown Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Alhambra's enrollment is 2,734 students, just under 80 percent of whom are Hispanic.[2] The school predominantly serves students from partner elementary districts Alhambra, Isaac and Phoenix Elementary, although students from across the district come to Alhambra for its Phoenix Union Magnet Program—Medical and Health Studies.[3]

The school's band was comically featured by Tempe, Arizona-based Comedy metal group Psychostick on their 2007 holiday EP The Flesh Eating Roller Skate Holiday Joyride. The band's drummer, Alex Preiss, is an AHS alumni and a member of the 2001 concert band featured on the opening track, "Doom to the World".


  • The Alhambra campus comprises approximately four square blocks and is located on Camelback Road, between 37th and 39th Avenues. It shares its floor plan/campus layout with its "sister school", Maryvale, located on the corner of 59th Avenue and Osborn. This shared plan and "sister school" status is often considered the impetus for the rivalry between the athletics departments and sports teams of both schools.
  • It is the only school in the Phoenix Union High School District to host the Medical Arts Magnet Program.

Athletic state championships[edit]

  • 1971: Girls' Golf (Team - defeated Phoenix Camelback and Tucson Santa Rita)
  • 1974: Boys' Basketball (defeated Phoenix East)
  • 1977: Girls' Golf (Laurie Merten)
  • 1977: Girls' Golf (Team - defeated Tempe McClintock and Avondale Agua Fria)
  • 1978: Girls' Volleyball (defeated Tucson Sahuaro)
  • 1985: Boys' Basketball (defeated Tucson Catalina)
  • 2007: Boys' Cross Country (defeated Tempe Desert Vista and Mesa Mountain View)
  • 2008: Boys' Cross Country (Enrique Benitez)
  • 2009: Boys' Cross Country (defeated Corona del Sol and Desert Vista)
  • 2010: Boys' Cross Country
  • 2010: Boys' Handball champ Eduardo Benitez in 5A-I tournament
  • 2016: Baseball - Division 3 (defeated San Luis)

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Billy Boat - auto racer; 2nd place, Indy 500
  • Bob Breunig - pro football player
  • Lynda Carter - actress, singer, songwriter, beauty pageant titleholder, Miss World America 1972, star of the TV series Wonder Woman, 1975-1979
  • Paul Cook - science fiction writer
  • Eric Johnson - pro football player
  • Michelle Johnson - actress
  • Jason P. Lester - ESPY Award winner, EP1C ultra endurance athlete, and author of Running on Faith: The Principles, Passion, and Pursuit of a Winning Life;[4] first person to run 2,600 miles along The Great Wall of China in 83 days (2014);[5] 4th fastest runner to run from San Francisco City Hall to New York City Hall (2013)[6]
  • Steve Malovic (1956–2007), American-Israeli basketball player[7]
  • Aaron Muñoz - baseball player, 2011 34th round MLB draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays[8]
  • Pat Neve - Mr. USA 1975 and 1976, AAU Mr. America class-winner, first runner-up in Mr. Universe and Mr. World[9]


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