Desert Ridge High School

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Desert Ridge High School
Address
10045 E. Madero Ave.
Mesa, Arizona, 85209
United States
Information
Type Public High School
Established 2002
School district Gilbert Public Schools
Principal Mike Deignan[1]
Faculty 114[2]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2,612 (October 1, 2012)[3]
Color(s) Red and Black
Mascot Jaguar
Rival Skyline High School (Arizona)
Yearbook La Cordillera

Desert Ridge High School (DRHS) was founded in 2002 in Mesa, Arizona and is part of Gilbert Public Schools.

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For the 2004-05 school year Desert Ridge High School received an "Excelling" from the Arizona Department of Education and has met all No Child Left Behind requirements since the school opened.[4]

In 2005 chemistry and engineering teacher Sylvia Grace was honored with a $25,000 Milken National Educator Award. Through her involvement with Project Lead the Way, which she brought to Desert Ridge, Grace distinguished herself as a teacher who is intelligent, patient, and has a sense of humor, all of the qualities needed to win such an award. She was the only Arizona recipient of the award among the 100 educators honored nationwide.[5]

In 2007 the DRHS Drama Department's production of The Odd Couple was selected to go the Arizona Thespian Society's Annual State Conference as a main stage performance, to be performed in front of the estimated 1,900 thespians attending the event in November.[citation needed] In spring 2007 they had a production of the musical Footloose, and their production of Romeo and Juliet debuted on April 3, 2008.[citation needed]

Desert Ridge's marching band is ranked among the top 5 Division III bands in the state, scoring a 69.6 at the 2009 State Marching Festival, and a 68.00 at the 2010 State Marching Festival.[6]

Desert Ridge also holds 2 baseball state championship titles.[citation needed]


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Coordinates: 33°22′12″N 111°37′02″W / 33.3701°N 111.6173°W / 33.3701; -111.6173