Kofa High School

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For the wildlife refuge, see Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. For the mountains, see Kofa Mountains.
Kofa High School
3100 S. Avenue A
Yuma, Arizona 85364
Coordinates 32°40′27″N 114°38′08″W / 32.674247°N 114.635468°W / 32.674247; -114.635468Coordinates: 32°40′27″N 114°38′08″W / 32.674247°N 114.635468°W / 32.674247; -114.635468
Type Public high school
Principal Michael R. Sharp
Enrollment 2,128 (October 1, 2012)[1]
Color(s) Crimson and white          
Mascot Kings

Kofa High School is a high school in Yuma, Arizona. It is a part of the Yuma Union High School District.

It was the second high school to be established in the community. The school shares its name with the Kofa Mountains, which were named for the King of Arizona gold mine, discovered in King Valley in 1896 and active from 1897 to 1910. The mine used to stamp its property "K of A", and is commonly known as the Kofa Mine.[2] The school draws its mascot, the King, from the mine as well.

Notable alumni, attendants, and faculty[edit]

  • Cain Velasquez, two-time Arizona State Wrestling Champion; professional mixed martial artist; former UFC Heavyweight champion[3]
  • Roger L. Worsley, later a college president and administrator in Texas and Arkansas, taught at Kofa 1959-1962[citation needed]
  • Taylor Stoermer, Ph.D., Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Fellow and Instructor of Public History at Harvard University; adviser to C-SPAN and television presenter; former chief historian of Colonial Williamsburg and senior aide to US Senator Mary Landrieu; author of Colonial Williamsburg: The Official Guide; attended Kofa 1987-1988


  1. ^ AIA 2012 enrollment figures
  2. ^ Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson, 2006, Backcountry Adventures Arizona, Adler Publishing, ISBN 1-930193-28-9
  3. ^ "Cain Velasquez UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 

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