Chaparral High School (Arizona)

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Chaparral High School
Chaparral High School (Arizona) Logo.png
6935 East Gold Dust Avenue


United States
Coordinates33°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
School districtScottsdale Unified School District
Staff99.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,246 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio22.69[1]
YearbookGolden Embers

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

Chaparral opened in February 1973 with 800 students, comprising freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. The principal was James Curlett. The initial structures were built at a cost of $3.5 million.[3] Chaparral's first graduates were the class of 1974.

In 2014, Newsweek ranked Chaparral No. 22 among top American high schools, and No. 1 in Arizona.[4]

Student body and academics[edit]

Chaparral High School has consistently ranked in Newsweek's list of Best High Schools in America. In 2007 Chaparral High School was one of only 12 schools ranked in Arizona.[5]

The high school holds the state record for having the most National Merit Scholars in one year (37 in 2014).[6] Additionally, the school has also earned the record most in-state Presidential Scholars in Arizona, with 17 in 2003.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


Entertainment and media[edit]


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  2. ^ "Chaparral High School – School Information". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
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