Independence High School (Arizona)

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Independence High School
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Independence.High School
Coordinates33°31′55.01″N 112°13′17.39″W / 33.5319472°N 112.2214972°W / 33.5319472; -112.2214972
School districtGlendale Union High School District, Arizona, USA
PrincipalRobert Ambrose,[1] Michael Siwek*, Jeannie Paparella*, Justin Tarver*
(* Assistant Principal)
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment2,141 (2016-17)[3]
Student to teacher ratio20.3[2]
Color(s)Red, white and blue             

Independence High School (IHS)[4] is a public high school located in Glendale, Arizona, United States, and is the most recent high school in the Glendale Union High School District. The school's name was picked by the school board because of the bicentennial observance. The school was scheduled to open in the summer of 1976, but was postponed due to construction and lack of demand from the district's student population. It opened during the 1977-1978 school year under principal Fed McClure. The initial enrollment was 420 students consisting of freshman and sophomore students only. Thie first graduating class was in 1980. The school celebrated its thirtieth anniversary during the 2007-2008 school year.

Two weeks after the school opened, a fire broke out destroying parts of the lower level, however classes resumed a few days later. A formal dedication was held on November 17, 1977, with the Honorable Bob Stump, representative, as guest speaker.

On February 12, 2016, the school was the sight of a murder suicide shooting that killed two 15 year old girls. [5]

Ethnic diversity[edit]

Independence's ethnic diversity as of January 2008 was:[6]

  • Asian: 45 (2.68%)
  • American Indian/Alaskan: 25 (1.4%)
  • African American: 239 (14.26%)
  • Hispanic: 968 (57.79%)
  • White: 398 (23.76%)


  1. ^ "Administration". Independence High School. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
  2. ^ a b "Independence High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  3. ^ "Independence High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Important Summer Information". Independence High School. Retrieved 2015-08-03.[self-published source]
  5. ^ " Phoenix and Arizona local news, sports and entertainment". azcentral. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  6. ^ "Fiscal Year 2008 Enrollments by School, Gender and Ethnicity" (PDF). Arizona Department of Education. January 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07.

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