Mingus Union High School

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Mingus Union High School
1801 East Fir Street
Cottonwood, Arizona 86326
United States
Coordinates 34°43′2.72″N 112°0′17.08″W / 34.7174222°N 112.0047444°W / 34.7174222; -112.0047444
School type Public high school
Established 1958
School district Mingus Union High School District
Superintendent Paul Tighe
Principal Jennifer Chilton
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1244 students (Oct. 1, 2012)[1]
Color(s) Red, gray
Mascot Marauders
Accreditation North Central Association

Mingus Union High School is a high school in Cottonwood, Arizona. It also is the only school in the Mingus Union High School District.


There were once three separate high schools in the Verde Valley of Arizona — Jerome, Clarkdale and Cottonwood. In 1950, Jerome and Clarkdale consolidated into "Mingus High School", and in 1958, Cottonwood High School was added, creating the new Mingus Union High School.[2]

Citizens pushed to create a new high school district instead of consolidating both the Jerome-Clarkdale and Cottonwood school districts completely. This happened in 1957 and 1958. The school district briefly took the "Union High School District" name, but this was changed to the present Mingus Union before the district became official.

The high school was located in Clarkdale until 1960. From then until the start of the 1972 school year, it was housed in Jerome's school buildings.[3] It then moved to Cottonwood.

Notable alumni[edit]