Cactus High School

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Cactus High School
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6330 W. Greenway Road, Glendale, Arizona, United States
Coordinates 33°37′36″N 112°11′44″W / 33.626691°N 112.195419°W / 33.626691; -112.195419Coordinates: 33°37′36″N 112°11′44″W / 33.626691°N 112.195419°W / 33.626691; -112.195419
Type Public secondary
Motto Inherit The Tradition
Established 1977
Principal Kristi Hammer
Faculty 101
Enrollment 1,278 (August 27, 2015)[1]
Color(s) Columbia blue and silver          
Athletics conference AIA 4A Conference
Mascot Cobra
Rivals Peoria High School

Cactus High School is a public secondary school located in Glendale, Arizona, United States, part of the Peoria Unified School District. The school opened its doors in August 1977. It is the district's smallest high school, with approximately 1,300 students.[2]

In 1978, the first Cactus High School students, 1980 graduates, transferred from Peoria High School's campus during their sophomore year into the current building.

Fight song[edit]

The song is set to the tune of Northwestern University's fight song.

Go Cactus High School, on to Victory.
Hail the Blue and Silver, we'll defend our dignity
Fight mighty Cobras, keep our spirits high
Show all the rest, that we are the best
We'll fight forever, Cactus High

The high school's first band director, Jim Lynch, wrote the lyrics in 1978.


Fall sports[edit]

  • Football: State Championship in 2005 after three straight appearances; State Championship in 2009, after losing in the playoffs for two years
  • Volleyball: State Championship in 2006 season; runner-up in 2008, 2009 and 2013
  • Boys' swim and dive
  • Girls' swim and dive: 2009 4A-II state champion diver Katie Dallman
  • Boys' cross country: West Valley Region Championship in 2007 season (No losses but one tie during regular season 15-0-1)
  • Girls' cross country: West Valley Region Championship in 2007 season
  • Boys' golf: 1987 State Champions as a team (the first in school history) and Robert Parker won the individual state championship after finishing fourth in the 1985 and 1986. 2009 State Runners up as a team and Individual Kale Davidson finished 2nd in state.
  • Girls' golf

Winter sports[edit]

  • Boys' basketball: State Championship in 1994, State Tournament appearances in 2006 (12 seed - lost in first round) and 2008 (15 seed - upset 2 seed Sandra Day O'Connor High School but lost to 10 seed Paradise Valley High School in second round)
  • Girls' basketball: five State Championships under coach Jim Graham
  • Boys' soccer: six State Championships and eighteen Region Championships under coach Jack Altersitz, a member of the Arizona Coaches Hall of Fame
  • Girls' soccer: multiple State Championships
  • Wrestling

Spring sports[edit]

  • Baseball: 2009 region championship; lost in 4A-I state title game to Canyon del Oro High School
  • Softball: National Championship in 2006 season
  • Boys' track
  • Girls' track: back-to-back state championships in 2007 and 2008 (2008 title won with only 7 athletes participating in state meet)
  • FIRST Robotics Team 498 | The Cobra Commanders: 2016 Northern Arizona Regional Winners (Top 10 OPR in division at World Championship)

Regional Finalist 2004, 2009 & 2012

  • Boys' tennis
  • Girls' tennis
  • Boys' Volleyball

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Cactus' clubs and after-school activities include Chess Club, DECA, Key Club, Improv Club, Drama Club, 500 Mile Club, World Languages Club, FCCLA, Media Club, FBLA, Med Start, Key of C, Outdoor Adventure Club, Student Council, NHS, AFJROTC, Athletic Training, Clay Club, Robotics, Environmental Club, and Mind's Eye.

Many of these organizations have received state and national recognition for their work.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "CHS School Profile 15-16". 
  2. ^ "CHS School Profile 15-16.docx". Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  3. ^ "About the band". Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Joe Riggs UFC Bio". Retrieved August 23, 2014. 

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