Shadow Mountain High School

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Shadow Mountain High School
2902 E. Shea Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Coordinates 33°35′02″N 112°01′11″W / 33.58399°N 112.019774°W / 33.58399; -112.019774Coordinates: 33°35′02″N 112°01′11″W / 33.58399°N 112.019774°W / 33.58399; -112.019774
Type Public high school
Established 1974
School district Paradise Valley Unified School District
Principal David Appleman
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1475 [1] (2013–14)
Color(s)          Navy Blue & gold
Mascot Matadors
Rival Paradise Valley High School

Shadow Mountain High School is a public high school located in the north valley of Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The school is part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. The school's athletic teams are known as the Matadors. Shadow Mountain's school colors are navy blue and gold. 1,475 students attend Shadow Mountain as of 2014. It opened in 1974.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Shadow Mountain High School boasts the largest music program in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Most notably, the SMHS Marching Matadors finished the 2006 competitive marching season with a several caption awards and having earned three Superior awards over the course of the season, with their King Kong marching showing arranged by then-director Jan M. Gardner II. In 2006 they finished the season earning a Superior with Distinction at the state competition, the highest rating attainable in the ABODA Marching Circuit. The Matadors performance of their show "Music for a Darkened Theater: The music of Danny Elfman" received captions in Visual Performance, Music Performance, General Effect, Percussion, and Music General Effect. Alumni of Shadow Mountain High School meet regularly.

The Shadow Mountain Academic Decathlon team hosted the Arizona Region II competition on February 2–3, 2007. The team beat out 28 other schools and took first place with 39,200 points, narrowly defeating South Mountain High School. The team tied for first place in the 2008 regional Super Quiz Competition.[citation needed]

The March of Dimes club is number one in the nation for raising the most money for six years running to help pre-maturely born babies.[2]

Shadow Mountain also has an AFJROTC (Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp.)


Shadow Mountain's main athletic strengths are in cross country; track and field; basketball, and swimming.

Swim and dive[edit]

The Shadow Mountain swim team is one of the top-ranking teams in the state.[citation needed] Misty Hyman (Olympic Gold Medalist) swam for Shadow Mountain and is now head coach of the team.


Formerly a perennial state title contender,[citation needed] in the 2011 and 2012 seasons the Matadors posted back to back winning records for the first time in 10 years and missed the playoffs by one game both years.[3] Two former Matador players are now coaching in the major leagues. Scott Emerson is the bullpen coach for the Oakland Athletics and Greg Sparks is the assistant hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox.

Cross Country[edit]

The Shadow Mountain Cross Country team has been very successful throughout the school's existence. The boy's and girl's have a combined 5 state championships(3 girls & 2 boys). The boys team won their state titles in 2001 and 2006. The years in between, before, and after state titles have been very successful as well though. The boys team has 3 state runner ups, 2 3rd place finishes, 2 4th place finishes, and 2 8th place finishes in the state of Arizona since the year 2000. The girls team's highlights were in the late 80's where they won the 1986, 1987, and 1988 Arizona state championships. They have recently had some strong runs at the state championship race's but have fallen short. The current coaches for the Shadow Mountain Cross Country boys team are head coach Gregg Pestka and assistant coach Ashton Gill. The current coaches for the girls team are head coach Mathew Shannon and assistant coach Judy Thompson. Coach Pestka ran for Shadow Mountain in the late 80's and followed up his running career at Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University. He is in his 18th year coaching cross country at Shadow Mountain. Ashton Gill ran for Shadow Mountain in the late 2000's. He has continued his running career as a marathon runner and is pursuing a degree in physical education. He is in his 3rd year of coaching at Shadow Mountain. Mathew Shannon ran for Shadow Mountain in the mid-2000's and is in his 9th year of coaching at Shadow Mountain.

Track & Field[edit]

The Shadow Mountain Track & Field team has been one of the more successful programs on campus. There are many standout records for Shadow Mountain Track & Field. In 1999 former NFL player Shaun McDonald set the school record for the 100 meter dash at a time of 10.55. He also has the schools 200 meter and 400 meter records at time of 21.48 for the 200 meter and 49.22 for the 400 meter. Shaun McDonald went on to play for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. In 2001 Joey Heller ran a school record time of 4:12 in the 1600 meter race. Joey Heller won the state championship in the mile that year as well as the 4x800 meter relay. He went on to run for Arizona State University. The 800 meter record is held by Gabe Lewis at a time of 1:55. One of the older records is held by Scott Pestka in the 3200 meter run. He ran a time of 9:19 in 1985. Scott Pestka later ran for Northern Arizona University where he was the 5th man on the 1988 Northern Arizona Cross Country team which placed 2nd overall in the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships. On the girls side of the team there are some notable records as well. For the 1600 meter run the current record is 5:04, set by Tracy Jarmen in 1988. Tracy Jarman also holds the 3200 meter record at a time of 10:53, also set in 1988. The current record in the 100 meter hurdles is held by Tiffany McDonald at a time of 14.03.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Arizona Chapter: Events". March of Dimes. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  3. ^ Opponents taking notice of Shadow Mountain's baseball resurgence[dead link]
  4. ^ "10 Mike Bibby Sacramento Kings". Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  5. ^ "Player Bio: Misty Hyman". Stanford Women's Swimming and Diving. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  6. ^ Metcalfe, Jeff (2011-01-20). "Curt Schilling, Randall McDaniel, Ty Murray, Kerri Strug to enter Arizona Sports Hall of Fame". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
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  11. ^ "Interview - Amy Davidson (8 Simple Rules & The Capture of the Green River Killer)". Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  12. ^ "Sleepover". Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  13. ^ "What's new pussycat? Interview with Ashley Roberts". The Herald. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
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