Alta High School (Utah)

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Alta High School
Alta High A.jpg
11055 S. 1000 E.
Sandy, UT 84094
Coordinates 40°33′00″N 111°51′40″W / 40.55000°N 111.86111°W / 40.55000; -111.86111Coordinates: 40°33′00″N 111°51′40″W / 40.55000°N 111.86111°W / 40.55000; -111.86111
Type Public
Established 1978
School district Canyons School District
Principal Brian P McGill
Grades 9–12
Number of students 2,460
Color(s) Black and silver, accent color red
Athletics Football, basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, baseball, softball
Mascot Hawk

Alta High School is a secondary school in Sandy, Utah, United States which services students from the cities of Sandy and Draper. Founded in 1978, it is part of the Canyons School District.[1]


The school opened in 1978. The modern, two-level brick building is situated on a 37-acre (150,000 m2) site with an unobstructed view of both Oquirrh Mountain and Wasatch ranges.

School is in session for 180 days per year on a traditional 9-month calendar. Students attend four 84-minute classes each day on an alternating block schedule, beginning at 7:45 am and ending at 2:25 pm.[1] The school operates a quarterly schedule.


The Alta Hawks football team won state championships in 1983, 1988, 2007, and 2008. Alta's boys' basketball team won the Utah State Championship in 1992, 1995, 2003, and 2010.[2][3] Alta's girls' soccer team was ranked second in the nation in 2006, and is coached by Lee Mitchell, who was named national coach of the year.[4] The team won state championships in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.[5][6][7][8][9][10] The wrestling team won the 4A state championship in 1990.[11] The Lady Hawks tennis team won back-to-back state championships in 2007 and 2008.[12][13] The boys' cross country team won a state championship in 2008.[14] Alta's women's basketball team took the 5A State Championship in 2002 and 2011.[15]

Alta also offers football, golf, tennis, cross country, soccer, dance company, volleyball, debate, ballroom, drill team, cheerleading, basketball, wrestling, swimming, diving, hockey, baseball, softball, track and field, lacrosse, rugby union, ultimate, bowling, and other athletic clubs.

Alta's football field

Performing arts[edit]

Alta High School has an award-winning performing arts program. The Theatre Department won the 5A State Championship in 2012 and in 2013.[16] Alta's jazz band has consistently received high markings in state competitions.[17]


Alta offers Key Club, the largest international student leadership organization in the world. Alta also offers Pokémon, Art, Anime, Ultimate Frisbee, and Polynesian clubs.[18]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "School Information". Canyons School District. 
  2. ^ Aragon, Andrew. "5A high school basketball: Alta defense delivers title". Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  3. ^ "UHSAA record book boys basketball" (PDF). 
  4. ^ "Alta's Mitchell named national coach of year". Deseret News. January 13, 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  5. ^ UHSAA. "UHSAA Girls Soccer Champions". Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  6. ^ UHSAA. "UHSAA Girls Soccer Results 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  7. ^ UHSAA. "UHSAA Girls Soccer Results 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  8. ^ UHSAA. "UHSAA Football Champions". Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  9. ^ UHSAA. "UHSAA Football Results 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  10. ^ UHSAA. "UHSAA Football Results 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  11. ^ UHSAA. "UHSAA Wrestling Record Book" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  12. ^ UHSAA. "UHSAA Girls Tennis Results 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  13. ^ UHSAA. "UHSAA Girls Tennis Results 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  14. ^ UHSAA. "UHSAA Boys Cross Country Results 2008". Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
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  16. ^ Slama. "Alta theatre repeats as state champions". Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  17. ^ "Jordan, Alta bands score superior ratings at state festival". Canyons School District. Canyons School District. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
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