Sunrise Mountain High School

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Sunrise Mountain High School
21200 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, Arizona, United States of America
Coordinates 33°40′38″N 112°14′24″W / 33.677335°N 112.239886°W / 33.677335; -112.239886Coordinates: 33°40′38″N 112°14′24″W / 33.677335°N 112.239886°W / 33.677335; -112.239886
Type Public secondary
Motto 'Committed to Excellence"
Established 1996
Principal Dave Svorinic
Faculty 100
Enrollment 1,580 students (October 1, 2012)[1]
Color(s)                Purple, White and Gold
Mascot Mustangs
AIA Class 4A

Sunrise Mountain High School is a public secondary school located in Peoria, Arizona, United States, part of the Peoria Unified School District. The school opened its doors in August 1996. It is the district's second-smallest high school by enrollment, larger than only Cactus High School.

Overpopulation problem[edit]

Sunrise Mountain dealt with considerable overgrowth in the early and mid-2000s. With 2,440 students by 2005, many freshmen classes were pushed out to "Frosh Island", a former elementary school. Between each period a bus would shuttle students between "Frosh Island" and the main campus so that classes such as physical education, band, advanced science, and choir could be attended by freshmen. The use of this campus was discontinued by Sunrise Mountain following the end of the 2005-2006 school year. The overpopulation problem has been relieved by the creation of Liberty High School. Liberty is now larger than Sunrise Mountain by some 600 students.


SMHS has a marching band, concert band and jazz band directed by Chris Vail. The jazz band competes yearly in the Northern Arizona University jazz competition. The orchestra and the choir programs are directed by Tanya Boehme. The orchestra competes yearly in the Northern Arizona University Orchestra Festival. Both choir and orchestra have achieved the highest of honors. The orchestra is also the only one of its kind in the district. The Varsity choir performs at many school events and also goes to compete at Northern Arizona University. Many choir students have also competed in solo ensemble competitions.


SMHS offers many clubs for various activities. They include: DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, HOSA, JSA, CCC, Newspaper club, Yearbook club, German club, Spanish Club, Science club, Speech and Debate, National Honor Society, and Skills USA. There have been many recent clubs getting started such as the book club, which was formed in 2007-2008. Also, the first club to be formed in the 2008-2009 school year is the Croquet Club which was started by a couple of sophomores. Another prominent club that has been around since the formation of the class, but was little known, is the Media Club. The Harry Potter Club was also founded during the 2009-2010 school year. In the 2010-2011 school year, the Anime Brigade formed for students who showed an appreciation to Japanese animation, Japanese graphic novels, and video games.


SMHS has many various types of sports in which people can try out depending on the season.[2] Sunrise Mountain Mustangs have had a long-standing rivalry between fellow Peoria District school, Liberty Lions.


On October 2nd, 2015, two teachers from Sunrise Mountain High School, Brian and Jennifer Woolsey, were apprehended by authorities on statutory rape charges. The teachers were arrested at their home. Immediately following their arrest, the Peoria Unified School District issued an official statement to parents and guardians of students at Sunrise Mountain that both teachers were to be placed on administrative leave pending the trial.[3]

Feeder schools[edit]

All of the following are K–8 schools:[4][5]

  • Apache
  • Coyote Hills
  • Frontier
  • Parkridge