Marcos de Niza High School

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Marcos de Niza High School
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6000 S. Lakeshore Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283
Coordinates 33°21′58″N 111°55′17″W / 33.366149°N 111.921465°W / 33.366149; -111.921465Coordinates: 33°21′58″N 111°55′17″W / 33.366149°N 111.921465°W / 33.366149; -111.921465
Type Public
Established 1971
School district Tempe Union High School District
Principal Sean Macdonald
Staff approx. 150
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,897 students (Aug. 27, 2012)[1]
Color(s) Brown and Gold
Athletics conference AIA
Mascot Padre

Marcos de Niza High School is a high school located in Tempe, Arizona. It was founded in 1971 and it has an enrollment of approximately 1,900 students. The school's mascot is the Padre. The school is a part of the Tempe Union High School District and serves mainly students in central Tempe, as well as the Town of Guadalupe.


State Championships

  • 1980, 1986, 1989, 1990-Girls' Basketball State Champions
  • 1984, 1990, 1991, 1992-Boys' Soccer State Championships
  • 1990, 1991-Girls' Archery State Champions
  • 1993-Girls' Volleyball State Champions
  • 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004-Wrestling State Champions
  • 1998-Spirit Line State Champions
  • 2002 Boys' Basketball State Champions
  • 2007 Boys' Baseball State Champions
  • 2008-Girls' Golf 5A-II State Champions


  • 1981, 1988, 1991, 1992-Girls' Basketball State Runner-up
  • 1992, 2003-Softball State Runner-up
  • 1994-Girls' Volleyball State Runner-up
  • 1996-Wrestling State Runner-up
  • 1997, 2008-Boys' Volleyball State Runner-up
  • 1998-Baseball State Runner-up
  • 1999, 2008-Spirit Line State Runner-up
  • 2007-Girls' Golf 5A-II State Runner-up (Team/Individual)
  • 2008-Boys' Basketball 5A-II State Runner-up
  • 2009-Football 5A-II State Runner-Ups

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Steve Adolph made the first touchdown in school's history in 1971. After receiving his teaching degree from Arizona State University in 1978, Steve returned to the Tempe Union High School District as a teacher, and eventually worked his way back Marcos de Niza High School as principal. He then served as Superintendent for the Tempe Union High School District. For Steve's many contributions to the District and City, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman declared April 23, 2011, Steve Adolph Day in Tempe, and shortly thereafter, the school retired football jersey #22, the number Steve played under as a student athlete at Marcos de Niza.
  • Preston Dennard
  • Greg Vanney
  • Marcus Brunson
  • Norifumi Yamamoto, Wrestler; professional Mixed Martial Artist, currently in the UFC[2]
  • Kandace Lindsey, singer-songwriter
  • Caleb Clifton, drummer for American metalcore band Eyes Set To Kill
  • John C. Kilkenny, Producer, Executive VP, 20th Century Fox Studios
  • Douglas Razzano, Figure Skater
  • Carla Morrison
  • Mary Louise Parker
  • Sean Padock, Drummer Kenney Chesney Band
  • Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Professor at Stanford
  • Chris Ruiz, Professional CS GO player, Lobster


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Norifumi Yamamoto UFC Profile". Retrieved 2014. 

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