Mesa Public Schools

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Mesa Public Schools
Mesa Public Schools logo.png
63 E. Main Street, #101
Mesa, AZ 85201
District information
Motto"Unprecedented Excellence in Education"
SuperintendentDr. Pete Lesar (interim)
Budget$563,410,419 (12-13)
Students and staff
Other information

Mesa Public Schools (incorporated as Mesa Unified School District #4) is the largest public school district in the state of Arizona. Its approximately 64,000 students enjoy opportunities such as Montessori, International Baccalaureate, dual-language immersion, honors and Advanced Placement courses and Franklin traditional schools.

MPS serves most of the city of Mesa, plus small portions of Tempe and Chandler.

The district has 82 schools, which includes 55 elementary schools, 9 junior high schools, six comprehensive high schools, and several alternative schools.

The educator Jack Taylor served on the school board for eight years. He was also the mayor of Mesa from 1966 to 1972; thereafter a member, consecutively, of both houses of the Arizona State Legislature; a native of Sonora, Texas, he is interred at Mesa City Cemetery.[1]


High schools[edit]

High schools (9-12) as listed by Mesa Public Schools:[2]

School Dobson Mesa Mountain View Red Mountain Skyline Westwood East Valley Academy
Opened 1983 1898,
1909 ("Old Main")
1972 (current building)
1976 1988 2000 1962
Colors Blue,
Blue, Gold
Mascot Mustangs Jackrabbits Toros Mountain Lions Coyote Warriors Griffin
Principal Gabrielle Buckley Kirk Thomas Greg Milbrandt Casey Eagleburger Tom Brennan Chris Gilmore Justine Pilar
6A 6A 6A 6A 6A 6A N/A
2,629 3,513 3,176 3,401 2,649 3,108 450
Website(s) Official Official Official Official Official Official Official

Junior high schools[edit]

Junior high schools (7-8) as listed by Mesa Public Schools:[5]

School Carson John C. Fremont Kino Poston Rhodes Shepherd Smith Stapley Taylor
Colors Red,
Forest green,
Vegas gold,
Mascot Cougars Falcons Kolts Panthers Roadrunners Stallions Sidewinders Sabercats Trojans
Principal Tony Elmer Bruce Cosseboom Keiko Dilbeck Michael Rapier Patricia Christie Jill Benza Adam Unrein James Fisher Gina Piraino
Website(s) Official Official Official Official Official Official Official Official Official

Mesa Public Schools operated two other junior high schools until 2009-2010 school year.

Hendrix Junior High School consolidated with the adjoining Frost Elementary School as the K-8 Summit Academy with an International Baccalaureate Program. Hendrix had the husky as its mascot and used the colors red and gray.[6]

Powell Junior High School (colors red, white, and blue, mascot the Patriots)[7] closed in May 2010. The former campus serves as the Mesa Educational Center, home to the district's Community Education Department, East Valley Academy and Crossroads.[8]

Mesa Jr closed at the end of the 2011-2012 school year and was demolished in January 2014 - Plans for new park in 2014 are upcoming. Brimhall Jr High closed at the end of the 2011-2012 school year - converted to Franklin school

Name notes
  • Fremont — John C. Fremont
  • Kino — Eusebio Kino
  • Poston-Charles D. Poston
  • Shepherd — Rulon T. Shepherd, a 30-year Mesa superintendent who built the first junior high in Mesa
  • Stapley — Orley S. Stapley, at one time the largest International Harvester farm equipment dealer in the United States, as well as the owner of the largest mercantile business in Arizona during the 1940s and 1950s; also the namesake of Stapley Drive
  • Taylor — Harvey L. Taylor

Elementary schools[edit]

Elementary schools (K-6) as listed by Mesa Public Schools:[9]

  • Adams
  • Anne M. Lindbergh
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary - West Campus
  • Bush
  • Crismon Elementary
  • Dilworth Brinton
  • Edison
  • Eisenhower Center For Innovation
  • Entz
  • Falcon Hill
  • Field
  • Franklin at Alma
  • Franklin at Brimhall
  • Franklin East
  • Franklin West
  • Pedro Guerrero Elementary
  • Hermosa Vista
  • Highland Arts
  • Holmes
  • Hughes
  • Irving
  • James Madison
  • Jefferson
  • John K. Kerr, M. D.
  • John Philip Sousa
  • Keller
  • Las Sendas
  • Lehi
  • Lincoln
  • Longfellow
  • Lowell
  • MacArthur
  • Nathan Hale
  • Patterson
  • Pedro Guerrero
  • Pomeroy
  • Porter
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Ramón S. Mendoza
  • Red Mountain Ranch
  • Redbird
  • Robson
  • Roosevelt
  • Salk
  • Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Sirrine
  • Stevenson
  • Taft
  • Veora E. Johnson
  • Washington
  • Webster
  • Whitman
  • Whittier
  • Wilson
  • Zaharis
  • Zedo Ishikawa

Frost Elementary consolidated with the adjoining Hendrix Junior High in 2010-11 to become the K-8 Summit Academy.

Alternative school[edit]

Alternative schools (named "Focus Schools" by the district) as listed by Mesa Public Schools:[10]

Name Grades Website(s) Details
Crossroads 7 - 12 Official Small school environment
Eagleridge Enrichment Program K - 8 Official Home schooling enrichment program
East Valley Academy 9 - 12 Official Small school environment with more flexible hours and a credit recovery program
Jordan Center for Early Education Preschool Official Preschool with Montessori option available
Red Mountain Center for Early Education Preschool Official Preschool campus
Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies 4 - 8 Official Rigorous curriculum program preparing for advanced courses in high school the top performing school in Arizona.
Mesa Distance Learning Program 6 - 12 Official Computer-based online learning program
Riverview High School 7 - 12 Official Referral-only school for students with discipline issues
SHARP School K - 12 Official Alternative needs program for students with qualifying disabilities
Summit Academy K - 6 Official International Baccalaureate primary years program
Summit Academy 7 - 8 Official International Baccalaureate middle years program
Superstition High School 7 - 12 Official Small school environment

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jerald Jackson Taylor". April 3, 1995. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  2. ^ United States. "Mesa Public Schools » Schools". Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  3. ^ a b 2011‐2012 2012‐2013 Conference Placement Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine, Arizona Interscholastic Association, 2010-10-1
  4. ^ For 2014-15, ninth-grade students were transferred to Dobson, Skyline and Westwood high schools. In 2011-12, Mesa, Mountain View and Red Mountain will welcome ninth-grade students.
  5. ^ United States. "Mesa Public Schools » Schools". Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  6. ^ Because the Mesa high schools also were involved with 9th grade athletics, they are in the AIA system: Hendrix's entry
  7. ^ "Powell Junior High School". 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  8. ^ "Mesa's Powell Junior High to Close". 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  9. ^ United States. "Mesa Public Schools » Schools". Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  10. ^ United States. "Mesa Public Schools » Schools". Retrieved 2012-08-05.

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