Sandra Day O'Connor High School (Arizona)
|Sandra Day O'Connor High School|
|25250 N. 35th Ave
Phoenix, Arizona 85083-2465
|Principal||Dr. Lynn Miller|
|Enrollment||1,420 (August, 1, 2014)|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and Metallic Gold|
Sandra Day O’Connor High School, part of the Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD), is located just west of I-17 and north of Happy Valley Road in Phoenix, Arizona. The campus is named after former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who grew up in Arizona, served as an assistant attorney general, was member of the state senate, and eventually became the first woman appointed as a Supreme Court Justice. When confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1981, O’Connor was the only sitting member of the Court who had been elected to a public office.
Stetson Hills K-8, some Hillcrest Middle students and West Wing K-8 school feed into O'Connor.
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SDOHS opened as the fourth high school in the Deer Valley Unified School District, on Thursday, August 22, 2002, accommodating grades nine and ten. It had an initial student population of around eight hundred. The school opened while it was still under construction, with no performing arts building and only one academic building. In 2003 the school welcomed its first junior class and opened a second academic building, and in 2004 it opened an auxiliary gym and the performing arts building. The performing arts building became the new and permanent home to dance, ceramics, band, choir, guitar, and theater classes. It provides a 200-seat main auditorium and a small classroom auditorium. That same year, the school welcomed its first senior class, with its first graduation ceremony held in May 2005.
Activities and academics
SDOHS offers a full complement of academics, College Board/AP/honors level courses, special education inclusion, fine arts, career and technical education, and technology courses to students in grades nine through twelve. A wide range of student activities and clubs are available to all students. The school offers music and theater programs that include as extracurricular activities the Eagle Pride marching band, a competition jazz band, and an orchestra for the pit at school musicals. Competitive athletics for both young men and women are offered at the freshman, junior varsity and varsity levels.
SDOHS also offers an Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program enrolling over 160 cadets, the most in school history as of Aug 2011. Some activities of the AFJROTC programs are competitive drill teams, color guards and orienteering teams. The SDOHS AFJROTC program has won back-to-back unit awards from 2009 up to the 2014 school year.
- Cross country running
- Marching band
- Track and field
- Zachary Adams - professional off-road racer. Class of 2009
- Colton Avery - singer/songwriter, touring with The Script
- Chad Kowal - vocalist of band Farewell, My Love
- Jordin Sparks - winner of American Idol season 6
- Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)
- List of school districts in Arizona
- List of high schools in Arizona
- AIA 2012 enrollment figures
- Eagle Pride marching band