Thunderbird High School

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Thunderbird High School
Thunderbird High School Logo.jpg
1750 W Thunderbird Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85023
United States
School type Public high school
Established 1972
School district Glendale Union High School District
Principal Jeannie Paparella
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,503 (October 1, 2012)[1]
Color(s) Orange, Blue
Mascot Chiefs

Thunderbird High School is a public high school located in northwestern Phoenix, Arizona. The school is a part of the Glendale Union High School District.

Feeder schools[edit]

Some schools in the Washington Elementary School District feed into Thunderbird High School.

Feeder junior high schools include Mountain Sky Junior High School and Cholla Middle School.


The school opened in 1972. Greenway High School opened the following year; both schools feature the same architectural blueprints. Thunderbird had rotating walls and open concept classrooms when it opened. By 1976, the school had filled up with more than 2,100 students,[2] in 1977 the first class to have gone through all four years (freshman-senior) at the school graduated, and by 1979, that number reached its peak, with 2,742 students attending Thunderbird. Over time, enrollment declined, however; by the mid-1980s, the school's size increased at just below 2,000 students and has since slowly decreased to its current size.

Notable alumni[edit]


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