Basha High School

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Basha High School
5990 S. Val Vista Dr.
Chandler, AZ
Coordinates33°13′14″N 111°45′27″W / 33.220596°N 111.757485°W / 33.220596; -111.757485Coordinates: 33°13′14″N 111°45′27″W / 33.220596°N 111.757485°W / 33.220596; -111.757485
School districtChandler Unified School District
PrincipalDavid Loutzenheiser
Enrollment2,544 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)Green, Vegas gold, black               

Basha High School is a public high school located in Chandler, Arizona. It was founded in 2002 as the third high school in Chandler.

Currently, there are five high schools in the Chandler Unified School District. The other four are Chandler High School, Hamilton High School, Perry High School, and Casteel High School.

Kristine Marchiando, the school's principal since its inception, retired on June 20, 2008. The Chandler Unified School District school board appointed Ken James, a former Gilbert Public School District Executive Director of Educational Services, as the new principal on July 1, 2008.

Like Hamilton High School, Basha High also has a branch of the Chandler Public Library integrated within the school itself, while Perry High School has a county library on their campus.

Basha High School was named after Eddie Basha, Jr., who made donations in the millions of dollars to the Chandler Unified School District and lived in the community until his death in 2013.

Basha High School is noted for its academics, and it offers a large catalog of Advanced Placement classes, as well as a National Honor Society chapter. Its speech and debate team competes in National Forensic League events.

Basha's cheer team have been Arizona's state champion for the past two years. The state title last year was won by them while also defeating their rival, the Hamilton Huskies. The Basha girls' softball team has won two state titles (2008, 2009). The Basha Bears varsity football team advanced to the Arizona Division state semi-finals with a victory over Brophy on November 10, 2011. The Basha Bear Regiment won their first state championship in Division II in 2009, and the Indoor Percussion Ensemble won seven consecutive state championships from 2007 through 2014. Indoor Percussion has also competed at national WGI competitions.

The Multimedia and Film program at Basha is well known for their successes in live-streaming football games, pep assemblies, and creating well-known characters like "Fabio" and "The Banjo Man." They also created Basha's own popular parody called "The Bachelor." The only teacher of this program, Wade Fadness moved schools to Hamilton High School in mid 2017, drastically reducing the reputation of the program.


  1. ^ "Basha High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 2, 2018.

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