Chaparral High School (Arizona)

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Chaparral High School
6935 E. Gold Dust Avenue
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253-1484
United States
Coordinates 33°34′37″N 111°55′56″W / 33.57703°N 111.932241°W / 33.57703; -111.932241Coordinates: 33°34′37″N 111°55′56″W / 33.57703°N 111.932241°W / 33.57703; -111.932241
Type Public
Established 1972
School district Scottsdale Unified School District
Principal Gayle Holland
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,125 (2012[1])
Color(s) Gold and Red
Mascot Firebirds
Newspaper Ashes
Yearbook Golden Embers

Chaparral High School is a public high school located in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States. Its mascot is the firebird, and the school colors are scarlet, red, and gold.[2]

In 2014, Newsweek ranked Chaparral as the 22nd best high school in the United States and 1st best in Arizona.[3]

Student body and academics[edit]

Chaparral High School has consistently ranked in Newsweek's list of Best High Schools in America, and in 2007 Chaparral was one of only 12 schools ranked in Arizona.[4] The high school holds the state record for having the most National Merit Scholars in one year (37 in 2014).[5] Additionally, the school has also earned the record most in-state Presidential Scholars in Arizona, with 17 in 2003.[citation needed] Chaparral is the only school in Arizona to have students win the highest honors at the Siemens Westinghouse Competition and Intel Science Talent Search, two of the most prestigious science competitions in the U.S.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Professional athletes[edit]

Entertainment and media[edit]


  1. ^ "AIA 2012 enrollment figures" (PDF). Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Chaparral High School – School Information". Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Newsweek". 
  4. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools – Newsweek America's Best High Schools". MSNBC. November 25, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ "password protected article". Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "TGen work wins Valley students scholarship cash". December 6, 2005. Retrieved May 13, 2010.