Ironwood High School

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Ironwood High School
6051 W Sweetwater Ave, Glendale AZ 85304
TypePublic Secondary
MottoIt's Just Better Here #IJBH
Established1986 with its first graduating class in 1989
PrincipalRuss Dunham
Faculty93.32 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,974 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio21.15[1]
Color(s)          Red and grey
AIA Class5A Conference

Ironwood High School is a public secondary school located in Glendale, Arizona, United States, part of the Peoria Unified School District. The school opened in August 1986 with its first graduating class in 1989. Since 2004, it has offered the IB Diploma Programme to its junior and senior year students, with a Pre-IB program for its freshman and sophomore-year students. It is the district's third-largest high school by enrollment.


Ironwood's student body of 1987 students, as of the 2014-2015 school year,[2] was:


IB Program[edit]

In 2004, Ironwood High School began to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to juniors and seniors. Since 2004, the school has graduated over 100 full diploma members. Ironwood offers the standard five areas of English, History, Science (Physics and Biology), Foreign Language (French and Spanish), and Math, as well as numerous six area courses. The six area courses offered include Art, Computer Science, Economics, Music, Photo, Physics, and Theatre. The school also offers a two-year AIM program sponsored by the district in order to prepare pre-IB students. Ironwood offers the IB/AIM Club as a way to support IB and Pre-IB students.

The Program coordinator is Mrs. Christine Kuczka (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, 2019).

Advanced Placement Program[edit]

Ironwood offers numerous Advanced Placement courses. These include higher level computer science, history, math, and science. However, since Ironwood took on the IB program in 2004, the number of AP classes has declined compared to other schools in the Peoria Unified School District, due to the popularity of IB classes.

Academic School Ratings[edit]

According to, Ironwood high school scores an 8/10 in college readiness, 7/10 in test scores, and 5/10 in academic progress. The school is rated an overall 7/10 in Great Schools rating (GreatSchools.Org 2019)



There are five choir groups at Ironwood:

  • Excelsis (formerly Chamber Singers)
  • Ironmen (formerly Men of Iron[wood])
  • Ea-gals (formerly Girls' Ensemble)
  • Mixed Choir
  • Concert Choir


  • Beginning Dance
  • Advanced Dance
  • Performance Dance
  • Dance Club


Ironwood is home to three bands:

  • Marching Band - Ironwood Marching Eagles
  • Jazz Band
  • Concert Band

Ironwood Marching Eagles[edit]

The Ironwood Marching Eagles is a distinguished group that plays at pep assemblies, football games, parades, and festivals. The Eagles participate in all games - both home and away - and play a half-time performance when at home and a pre-game performance when away. The marching eagles typically compete in two to three festivals per year. They have competed in multiple marching band state festivals, including: the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 festivals. The Ironwood Marching Eagles' season starts in July with band camp is held on campus and the season extends into early November.

Director: Ryan Salcido

The marching eagles past shows include : Nightwatch (2012) To catch a thief (2013) Dead men tell no tales (2014) Every which way (2015) Through the masters eyes (2016) Mirrors: Musical echoes and reflections (2017) Freak Show (2018)

(Ironwood Band Fans, 2019)


Drama is responsible for sponsoring the fall play, spring musical and annual talent show. The students participate in backstage activities to run each production as well performing in the shows. The club also provides social activities for students involved in the fall play and spring musical.


Clubs and activities[edit]

The following is a list of clubs offered at Ironwood High School as of the fall of 2011. Ironwood also formerly offered Hockey and Bowling as clubs.[3][better source needed][4][better source needed][5][better source needed]

Feeder schools[edit]

The following are K-8 schools that feed into Ironwood:

  • Copperwood
  • Desert Palms[6]
  • Desert Valley[7]
  • Heritage
  • Marshall Ranch[8]
  • Sahuaro Ranch[9]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Ironwood High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "Ironwood High School". Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Ironwood High School Yearbook 2007
  4. ^ Ironwood High School Yearbook 2008
  5. ^
  6. ^ Desert Palms[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Desert Valley[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Marshall Ranch[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Sahuaro Ranch[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Cruz, Danny. "Danny Cruz". Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  11. ^ Ernster, Paul (December 2008). "Paul Ernster". Retrieved 2012-03-09.

“Ironwood Band Community Foundation.” Ironwood Band Community Foundation,

Iborganization. “Ironwood High School.” International Baccalaureate®,

“Explore Ironwood High School in Glendale, AZ.”,

External links[edit]

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