Desert Ridge High School

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Desert Ridge High School
Address
10045 E. Madero Ave.
Mesa, Arizona, 85209
United States
Information
TypePublic High School
Established2002
School districtGilbert Public Schools
PrincipalMike Deignan[1]
Faculty119.08 FTE (2014-15)
Grades9-12
Number of students2,768 (2015-16)[2]
Color(s)Red and Black          
MascotJaguar
YearbookLa Cordillera

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

Overview[edit]

For the 2004-06 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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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

Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://gilbertps.schoolwires.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=26865
  2. ^ "Desert Ridge High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Desert Ridge High School Report Card 2005-2006" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-09-13.
  4. ^ Parker, Ray (2005-12-10). "Desert Ridge teacher wins U.S. award: $25K Milken". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2006-11-21.
  5. ^ 2010 Arizona State Marching Band Festival report from the Festival Results page on the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association site.
  6. ^ "Alex Barrett" (PDF). grfx.cstv.com. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Desert Ridge (Mesa, Ariz.) ace Jake Barrett has been known to punish himself with grueling runs following a loss - so it's a good thing he wins nearly every time out. - ESPN". Espn.go.com. June 3, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2013.

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