Camelback High School

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Camelback High School
4612 North 28th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Coordinates 33°30′13″N 112°01′22″W / 33.503645°N 112.022803°W / 33.503645; -112.022803Coordinates: 33°30′13″N 112°01′22″W / 33.503645°N 112.022803°W / 33.503645; -112.022803
Type Public secondary school
Motto Once a Spartan, always a Spartan
Established 1954
Principal Dana Cook
Faculty Approx. 177
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2,000 (June 18, 2013)[1]
Color(s)          Blue and orange
Mascot Spartan

Camelback High School is part of the Phoenix Union High School District. The campus is located at 4612 North 28th Street, northeast of downtown Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Camelback’s enrollment is just under 2,000 students, over 75 percent of whom are Hispanic.[2] The school predominantly serves students from partner elementary districts Balsz, Creighton, Madison and Wilson.

Partner elementary districts[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Cristian Adrian - Spanish television actor
  • Patrick O. Ford - Vietnam war hero
  • Gary Gentry - professional baseball player; pitched for the 1969 "Miracle" New York Mets
  • Clay Graham - writer, producer, website creator
  • Jody Hardin - studio musician, played saxophone for Sting
  • Aundrae (Drae) Harris - former NFL, CFL, and AFL player; current NFL scout (University of California-Berkeley '00)
  • Antonio Hernandez - State Citizens Corps Council, State Public Health Emergency Preparedness; award-winning Percussion Director/Instructor (WGI World Champions 1997, PASIC World Champions 1997)
  • Derek Mason - cornerback at Northern Arizona University; former defensive coordinator at Stanford University; current Head Coach at Vanderbilt University
  • Billy Mayfair - professional golfer, ASU
  • Dale McRaven - TV screenwriter and creator of Perfect Strangers sitcom
  • Kevin Miniefield - National Football League; Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals ASU
  • Alan Nelson - Director of Arizona State University Biodesign Institute
  • Valerie Perrine - actress, dancer
  • Skip Rimsza - former Mayor of Phoenix
  • Tom Robson - former MLB player (Texas Rangers)
  • John Shadegg - US House of Representatives
  • Neal Smith - drummer for the band Alice Cooper
  • Bill Spooner - founder/guitarist for the band The Tubes
  • Frank Spotnitz - writer, producer
  • Melody Thornton - singer
  • Jonathan Thymius - comedian, Last Comic Standing finalist
  • Linda Williams - news anchor, KSAZ Ch.10; radio talk show host, KTAR
  • Matt Zene - NAIA Wrestling runner-up


Camelback High School is mentioned in the song "Alma Mater" by Alice Cooper, whose drummer Neal Smith graduated from this school.


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