Eldorado High School (Las Vegas)

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Eldorado High School
Sundevil EHS logo.jpg
1139 Linn Lane
Las Vegas, NV, 89110
Coordinates 36°10′45″N 115°2′55″W / 36.17917°N 115.04861°W / 36.17917; -115.04861Coordinates: 36°10′45″N 115°2′55″W / 36.17917°N 115.04861°W / 36.17917; -115.04861
School type Public high school
Established 1973
School district Clark County School District
Principal David Wilson
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,100
School color(s) Maroon & gold
Athletics conference Sunrise 4A Region
Team name Sundevils
Publication Sparky Gazette
Yearbook Sunburst

Eldorado High School is a public high school in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The school is a part of the Clark County School District, located in Sunrise Manor, an unincorporated area on the northeast part of the Las Vegas Valley, south of Nellis Air Force Base. Its team mascot is the Sundevils and its school colors are maroon and gold.


Eldorado High School was established in 1973 on an open desert lot just west of the Las Vegas Wash between Washington and Bonanza Roads. The school opened in September 1973 along with Chaparral High School, which brought the total number of major high schools in the Las Vegas Valley to eight, including Bishop Gorman, a private Catholic high school. For the first 15 years, Eldorado's zoning covered all of the Sunrise Mountain area north of Charleston Boulevard and east of Pecos Road, which resulted in a total school attendance of more than 2,000. The largest known class to graduate from Eldorado to date[when?] was in 1985, graduating about 550 student). The majority of the students are former students of Dell H. Robison Middle School, O'Callaghan Middle School, Monaco Middle School and Bailey Middle School. In the 1980s, Eldorado received former students from Robison and Von Tobel Middle Schools as well as a handful from Roy Martin Middle School. Today, its zoning border covers areas east of Nellis Boulevard, north of Bonanza Road and south of Owens Avenue.

School layout[edit]

Its campus is bordered by Washington Avenue, Linn Lane, Harris Avenue and Christy Lane, built with an enclosed building (no windows), an American football stadium with an asphalt running track (one of the first high schools in Las Vegas to have such a track) and a state of the art "sportatorium", used for basketball, volleyball and wrestling as well as assemblies and other school-related activities. Three other Las Vegas area schools were built this way: Basic High School, Bonanza High School and the Southeast Career Technical Academy (also known as Vo-Tech); all built in the early to mid-1970s along with Eldorado. Basic and Bonanza were built according to the same blueprints as Eldorado.

In 2007, the former facilities of Bishop Gorman were purchased by CCSD to house the rising number of freshmen and to ease overcrowding at the main campus. Eldorado Preparatory Academy, the name of the temporary ninth grade campus, closed in spring 2009 when students were rezoned to Sunrise Mountain High School.


The school's principal is David Wilson, the ninth principal in school history. Nils Bayles was Eldorado's first principal and its longest serving principal, operating the campus from September 1973 until November 1982. Bayles left to take over Valley High School in November 1982 and was replaced by Richard Paulin (1929–2006), who remained until 1990. Gail Dixon (1990–96), Thomas Barberini (1996–2004), Richard Carranza (2004–07), Ron Lustig (2007–10), Danielle Miller (2010–2012) and John Anzalone (2012-2015) also served as the school's administrator.

Sundevil Theater[edit]

The campus is the location of the Sundevil Theater. The theater has put on many plays, including The Curious Savage and Carousel.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Sundevils compete in the Sunrise 4A Region and are classified as a 4A school, the largest classification in Nevada according to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.



One of the most successful athletics program at Eldorado has been wrestling; the school has won 12 state championships.[1] The Sundevils were ranked 12th of the High School Scholastic Dynasty Teams of the Last Decade.[2]

Other sports[edit]

The school has held a state championship in each of American football (1991), boys' basketball (1985), baseball (1990) and soccer (2013). Eldorado also holds Nevada state championships in track and field.

Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps[edit]

Eldorado High School's Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Unit, established not long after the school opened, is a part of Naval District 13, and has received multiple awards recognizing the Sundevil Battalion as both an Honor Unit (top 10% of units in the Naval District) and a Chief of Naval Education and Training Command Honor Unit (top 10% of all NJROTC Units) over the years.

Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State championships[edit]

  • American football – 1991[3]
  • Baseball – 1990[4]
  • Basketball (boys) – 1985[5]
  • Basketball (girls) – 1978[6]
  • Cross country (boys) – 1979, 1980, 1981[7]
  • Track & field – 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992[8]
  • Soccer (boys) - 2013[9]
  • Wrestling – 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995[1]

The Merlin Olsen Cleat[edit]

Every year, since 1974, Eldorado and Chaparral hold their rivalry game, in which the winner takes possession of a bronzed cleat once owned by the former Los Angeles Rams star Merlin Olsen.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Wrestling: Record Book" (PDF). Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Keen, Cliff (August 4, 2008). "High School Scholastic Dynasty Teams of the Last Decade". Wrestling USA. Archived from the original on June 8, 2008. Retrieved August 4, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Football (through 2011)" (PDF). Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Baseball" (PDF). Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Basketball, Boys" (PDF). Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Basketball, Girls" (PDF). Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cross Country, Boys' (through 2011)" (PDF). Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Track & Field, Boys," (PDF). Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "2013 NIAA Division I Nevada State High School Boys & Girls Soccer Championships" (PDF). Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ Ray Brewer (March 11, 2010). "Merlin Olsen's death felt at Chapparal, Eldorado". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
    - Case Keefer (September 3, 2015). "Chaparal blows out Eldorado to win back Merlin Olsen's cleat". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Leah Dizon - Biography". www.imdb.com. Retrieved October 25, 2013.