Casa Grande Union High School
|Casa Grande Union High School|
|2730 N Trekell Road
Casa Grande, Arizona 85122
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Casa Grande Union High School District|
|Principal||Thomas "Triga-Bae" Trigalet|
|Enrollment||1552 (October 1, 2012)|
|Student to teacher ratio||22.86|
Casa Grande Union High School and Gymnasium
Former high school, now Casa Grande city hall
|Location||510 E. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, Arizona|
|Area||2.8 acres (1.1 ha)|
|Architect||Lyman & Place|
|Architectural style||Mission/Spanish Revival|
|MPS||Casa Grande MRA|
|NRHP reference #||86000821|
|Added to NRHP||February 03, 1986|
The original high school and gym, now used as the Casa Grande city hall, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The original Casa Grande Union High School was built in 1920-21 at a cost of $135,000. It featured an indoor swimming pool and an auditorium. The large building's construction was a major milestone for the growing town between Phoenix and Tucson.
The gymnasium was added on in 1936. It is Arizona's only adobe gymnasium. $12,000 was used to build the structure ($7,200 of it came from the Depression-era Works Progress Administration). The adobe was locally made with on-site earth; manufacturing it provided much-needed jobs during the Depression in hard-hit Casa Grande. It was in use as the high school until 1997, when a new, modern school with the capacity to serve 2,800 students opened at a different location.
Growth and splitting
Until the late 2000s, it was the only high school for the rapidly growing town of Casa Grande. In 1964, the school had 1,000 students for the first time, and by 1996, it had grown to double that size. By the time 2007 rolled around, Casa Grande had 3,335 students, making it the state's largest single high school.[note 1] Finally, Vista Grande High School was opened by the district. By 2012, Vista Grande was larger than Casa Grande by about 175 students.
The academic departments that Casa Grande Union High offers include the following:
- World Languages
- Fine Arts
- Social Sciences
- Exceptional Student Services
- CTE (Career and Technical Education)
Casa Grande offers a symphonic band, a freshman band, a jazz band, a color guard program, an indoor drumline and the "Pride of Casa Grande" marching band. "The Pride of Casa Grande" is recognized as one of the top ten Division 1 marching bands in Arizona. The indoor drumline also known as the "Casa Grande Indoor Percussion Ensemble" competes on a state and national level. They have been runners-up in the state for the past 11 years and in 2011 they traveled to Dayton, Ohio to compete in the World Drum Line championships and received 5th place in their division. In 2015 the Casa Grande Indoor Percussion Ensemble were crowned the 2015 Percussion Scholastic Open State Champions. Scholastic Open is the highest competing High School drumline division in Arizona. They also traveled to World Championships in Dayton, Ohio later that month and competed against the Nations Top High School drumlines, making it their second trip to Nationals. This past year 2016 the Casa Grande Indoor Percussion Ensemble was crowned the 2016 Percussion Scholastic Open State Champions for their second consecutive year.
- High schools in Mesa Public Schools had higher figures, but only when 9th grade students in feeder junior high schools was considered. Including these, Casa Grande was Arizona's fourth-largest high school.
- "Casa Grande Union High School". web. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- AIA 2012 enrollment figures Archived November 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Main Street District Historic Sites". Casa Grande Main Street. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
- The Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce's website on education: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2011-03-08. – note that it is outdated slightly
- "Departments". web.
The nomination form for the NRHP, which was used as a source in this document, is unavailable through NPS Focus.