North High School (Phoenix, Arizona)

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North High School
Phoenix-North Phoenix High School sign-1939.jpg
1101 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85014
United States
Coordinates 33°28′47″N 112°03′29″W / 33.479614°N 112.05802°W / 33.479614; -112.05802Coordinates: 33°28′47″N 112°03′29″W / 33.479614°N 112.05802°W / 33.479614; -112.05802
Funding type Title I
Motto Empowering all students to be global citizens as they pursue success.
Established 1939
Status Currently Operational
Locale City: Large (11)
School board Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board
School district Phoenix Union High School District
NCES District ID 0406330
Superintendent Dr. Chad E. Gestson
NCES School ID 040633001244
Principal Juan Aldo Núñez
Faculty Approx. 219
Teaching staff 129
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2,616 (2014-15)
 • Grade 9 769
 • Grade 10 684
 • Grade 11 584
 • Grade 12 579
Student to teacher ratio Aprox. 20.31 students per teacher
Color(s)          Blue and Red
Mascot Mustang
The original building built in 1939, of the once North Phoenix High School, now North High School (1954)

North High School is part of the Phoenix Union High School District. The campus is located at 1101 East Thomas Road north of downtown Phoenix, Arizona, United States. North’s enrollment is 2,530 students.[1] The school predominantly serves students from partner elementary districts Madison, Osborn, Creighton and Phoenix Elementary.

North is the home of the local International Baccalaureate Magnet Program.


North High School opened its doors to 1,517 students in 1939.[2]

Declining enrollment and budget shortfalls in the late 1970s forced the district governing board in 1981 to close North High along with Phoenix Union, East and West high schools. Shortly after that, lawsuits were filed by inner city parents; in its decision in Castro v. Phoenix Union High School District, the U.S. District Court ruled that the district must restore educational opportunities to inner city high school students. The district chose to reopen North High in order to satisfy the court's concerns. In the fall of 1983, after a $1.2 million renovation, North was opened once again, with a freshman class of 595 students drawn from a mix of Hispanic (50%), black (10%), and white (30%) neighborhoods. In addition, a small number of sophomores, juniors, and seniors (some of which had attended North in 1980) chose to transfer to North, to complete their education there. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program was introduced to North High School in 1985.[3]

In the early 1990s, North High was faced with the removal of asbestos from their buildings. Building by building, over a three-year period, the school was torn apart, rebuilt, and remodeled. At that time, a new Administration building was constructed, and a new Art wing was added to the Science building. The large student eating area and covered ramada in the center of campus were also added at that time. The original brick exterior of the school was replaced with stucco and a Southwestern trim.

In December 1998, construction was completed on an addition to the Language Arts Building. This addition was part of continued efforts to ease crowded conditions. The highest student population occurred in the 1998-99 school year, with an enrollment of over 2700.


North High School offers a wide variety of sports including:


  • Academic Decathlon
  • Anime Club
  • Art Club
  • AVID
  • Band
  • Be a Leader
  • Best Buddies
  • Black Student Union
  • Book Club
  • CAS
  • Cheer/Spirit Line
  • Chess
  • Choir
  • Culinary
  • Dance
  • DECA
  • Drama
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Fashion
  • Film Society
  • French
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Gardening
  • Generation Ink
  • Hiking
  • Hip Hop
  • Interact
  • Key Club
  • Math Club
  • M.E.Ch.A.
  • Mock Trial
  • National Arts Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • NFL
  • Robotics
  • Screen Writers Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish Book Club
  • Spanish National Honor Society
  • Stand and Serve
  • Student Government
  • Time-4-Tolerance
  • Yearbook


The film No One Would Tell was recorded at North High School in 1996.

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