Hopi Junior/Senior High School

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Hopi Junior/Senior High School
Keams Canyon, Arizona 86034
United States
Coordinates 35°48′58″N 110°18′25″W / 35.81611°N 110.30694°W / 35.81611; -110.30694Coordinates: 35°48′58″N 110°18′25″W / 35.81611°N 110.30694°W / 35.81611; -110.30694
School type Public high school (BIE)
Established 1987
Superintendent Alban Naha (Interim)
Principal John Lobik (High School)
Lucille Sidney (Junior High School)
Grades 7-12
Enrollment Grades 9-12: 433 students (October 2012)[1]
Color(s) Royal Blue and Silver
Mascot Bruins

Hopi Junior/Senior High School is a junior high and high school in Keams Canyon, Arizona. It is operated in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) as a grant day school.[2]


The school's 1987 opening gave the Hopi community its first reservation high school and allowed for the closure of the Phoenix Indian School. For most of its history, it has been the only high school in Keams Canyon.[note 1]

For a time in the late 1990s and 2000s, the school was a public charter, though it changed back to a BIE school in 2005.[citation needed]

As of 2009, the school partners with local radio station KUYI to produce a weekly student-run radio program for teenagers.[3][unreliable source?]

In November 2013, Charles Youvella, a running back and defensive back for Hopi's football team, incurred a head injury during a Division V playoff game against the team from Arizona Lutheran Academy; he lined up for two more plays, then collapsed on the field. He was in critical condition by the time he reached St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix and died two days later.[4]


The Hopi Bruins' boys' and girls' teams are a prominent activity at the school. Running is deeply rooted in the northern Arizona tribe's tradition as a way to carry messages and bless the reservation with rain. The boys currently have a total of 27 straight state champions, which is the national record according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, while the girls currently have 22 state titles.

Boys' Cross Country (27 State Champions) (national record)

  • 1990. 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995,
    1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,
    2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007,
    2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,
    2014, 2015, 2016

Girls' Cross Country (22 State Champions)

  • 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992,
    1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
    2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009,
    2010, 2011, 2012, 2013


  1. ^ The public Cedar Unified School District opened White Cone High School in 2005 and closed it in 2012.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "AIA 2012 enrollment figures" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  2. ^ "National Directory" (PDF). Bureau of Indian Education. December 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  3. ^ Tirado, Michelle (April 28, 2009). "More Native American Radio Stations Broadcast via the Web". Yahoo! Voices. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  4. ^ Williams, Chris; Obert, Richard (November 11, 2013). "12 News at 10: Arizona prep football player dies after collapsing on field". azcentral.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 

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