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
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] 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, and in 2007 Chaparral 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 attendees[edit]


Entertainment and media[edit]


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  2. ^ "Chaparral High School – School Information". Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "10 Feb 1973, Page 67 - Arizona Republic at". 
  4. ^ "Newsweek". 
  5. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools – Newsweek America's Best High Schools". MSNBC. November 25, 2008. Archived from the original on May 23, 2007. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "password protected article". Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
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  8. ^ Stephanie Meyer Biography