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By Karly Tinsley | January 31, 2019 at 5:52 PM MST - Updated February 1 at 10:57 AM TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - In response to SB 1137, a bill that made CPR Training...
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Senior pitcher Isaiah Arellano starts season on fire.
Blue Devil pitcher Isaiah Arellano has pitched 2 no-hitters on the season so far. The Blue Devils are 4-0 for the first time since 2012. Isaiah's no hitters came against Catalina and Sahuaro!...
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Sunnyside Soccer Team wins 5A State Championship!
SCOTTSDALE — The coronation of Sunnyside as a state champion had a rocky start. But less than 30 minutes in, it seemed inevitable. Most did not believe the Blue Devils (24-0-2) would complete an...
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Sunnyside DECA earns AZ State Honors
This past week DECA members participated in the annual DECA State Competition in Phoenix.  I am so excited to acknowledge Sunnyside DECA's accomplishments.  We had several awards that were...
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Save the Date: 'COMUNIDAD' Education Showcase May 8
Sunnyside Unified School District is proud to the present 'Comunidad', the District's 5th annual community event (Previously Sunnyside Meet Yourself). The event will take place on Wednesday, May...
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Save the Date: 2019 Dollars for Scholars Reception April 24
Sunnyside District Alumni Association - Dollars for Scholars presents the 13th Annual Scholarship Reception sponsored by Midstate Energy. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 24th...
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A DISTRICT OF CHAMPIONS
Desert View alumna, Gabriella Soza 2018, is named Athlete of the Week by South Mountain CC. Soza went 4-9 (.444) at the plate with an RBI, 2 walks and 2 runs scored. http://www.southmountaincc....
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Profile of a Graduate
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system...
By Karly Tinsley | January 31, 2019 at 5:52 PM MST - Updated February 1 at 10:57 AM TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - In response to SB 1137, a bill that made CPR Training required in the state, students at Sunnyside High School are learning life-saving skills. On Thursday, Sunnyside students learned how to administer CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver; something they can apply outside of the classroom. “Anytime, anywhere, someone could pass out from choking. You could save a life and it’s very simple to learn,” said Paris Benitz, a junior at Sunnyside HS who is already CPR certified. Benitz achieved this while in the Emergency Medical Services class at the high school that is meant to prepare students who want to pursue a career in the medical field. Benitz is just one of the many students with certification that helped teach other seniors. It's a method the staff thinks has a greater impact. “Kids are the best teachers of kids. When we can get a kid to help guide the class or guide a student it’s going to be a huge difference,” said Assistant Principal Matthew Craft. And the popular song that often is associated with CPR training - “Stayin' Alive” by the Bee Gees. It is still the main method in teaching how to perform the proper amount of chest compressions. Another song that works? “Baby Shark.” “We always push to make sure our kids are best prepared for their life after high school. We know they are going out into the community and are going to be active in the community. This stuff may come up and CPR training might be a huge part of it,” said Craft. Craft said the students took the training seriously, even if it was a bit challenging for some. Overall, staff said they are glad they can give their students a skill to take with them when they leave.
Blue Devil pitcher Isaiah Arellano has pitched 2 no-hitters on the season so far. The Blue Devils are 4-0 for the first time since 2012. Isaiah's no hitters came against Catalina and Sahuaro! Wow. Kudos to Isaiah and the team! 
SCOTTSDALE — The coronation of Sunnyside as a state champion had a rocky start. But less than 30 minutes in, it seemed inevitable. Most did not believe the Blue Devils (24-0-2) would complete an undefeated season and win their first state soccer title, according to coach Casey O’Brien. “It’s a big chip; it is a big chip,” O’Brien said. “It’s not a little chip. Every single day we wake up, and it feels like something goes against us. Our season has been tough. On paper, it looks great. It looks like it was easy; we just cruised through. But absolutely not. The last 365 days have been trying.” It was all worth it Wednesday night at Coronado High School. The top-seeded Blue Devils scored three times in an 11-minute span of the first half and coasted to a 4-0 win over Gilbert Campo Verde for the 5A boys state title. It was Sunnyside’s first win in three trips to the final. “It means a lot to us,” said Fabian Mendoza, who scored the first two goals on Wednesday. “We’ve been working since the beginning of the year. It was our goal to go undefeated and to win a state championship.” With the defending state champion Coyotes (24-2-1) having to pay close attention to big Manuel Quiroz, who is second in the state with 39 goals, the Blue Devils had plenty of other ways to go. Sunnyside’s Fabian Mendoza celebrates his first of two goals. “There were a lot of people who doubted us. But we came together and made everything happen.”   “We all believed in each other,” Mendoza said. “There were a lot of people who doubted us. But we came together and made everything happen.” Seventeen minutes in, Quiroz put the ball on goal, and the rebound was punched in at close range by Mendoza. Less than four minutes later, Quiroz was going up the left wing, drawing Campo Verde goalkeeper Jacob Zimmerman out. Quiroz crossed to Mendoza, again in front of the goal, and Sunnyside led 2-0. In the 28th minute, the Coyotes were whistled for a foul just outside the box on the right side. Adrian Virgen took the free kick from 20 yards out, bending the ball to the right of the wall, and just inside the right post for the third score. Campo Verde didn’t have an answer. The Blue Devils defense did what it had to do, and keeper Jesus Gutierrez turned away the few shots on target. Quiroz got free for a capper in the 75th minute. “I don’t care about the goals, I just care about the win,” Quiroz said. “It’s our first final. We didn’t have any experience being here, but we started playing better toward the end.” The Blue Devils lost in their two other appearances in the state final, losing in the Class 5A-II title match in 2007 and the 4A final in 1992. Third-year coach O’Brien said Sunnyside’s run was not expected.   “Absolutely not,” he said. “I don’t know what our expectations were; maybe people just don’t know what we have down there. Maybe it’s just taken a long time to get it to click, but when you get everybody working in the right direction, we have a fantastic group of kids.” The group started to garner attention throughout the season, becoming nationally ranked by MaxPreps.com. The only blemishes on the season were ties to rival Desert View on Dec. 18 and 4A champion Salpointe Catholic on Jan. 10. “They work harder than I’ve seen anybody work because they wanted it more than anyone else,” O’Brien said. “Once you get them to realize how good they are, and open their eyes, we have a lot more than maybe they anticipated.” Sunnyside used superior passing skills and an aggressive offense to pepper the Coyotes all evening. The Blue Devils were eliminated by Chandler in the quarterfinals of the 6A tournament a year ago and went out in the play-in round a year before that. Campo Verde was in its third straight final, finishing as the runner up in 2017. It lost in the quarterfinals in 2016 Sunnyside completed a 4A-5A boys sweep for Tucson after Salpointe won the 4A title Tuesday night.  
This past week DECA members participated in the annual DECA State Competition in Phoenix.  I am so excited to acknowledge Sunnyside DECA's accomplishments.  We had several awards that were presented to our SHS Chapter--We received the Elite Chapter Award for all the community service we organized and participated in this year, the Diamond Club Award for our monetary contributions for student DECA scholarships and the THRIVE Chapter Activities Award for all the DECA activities we have participated in as well.  However the real accomplishments went to my student winners:   Lesslie Meza--1st Place in Entrepreneurship Promotion Paulina Salazar--Top 10% on the State Marketing Exam Yamillet Cruz-Casillas--Executive Award--DECA Participation/4.0 GPA Paulina Salazar--Executive Award--DECA Participation/3.8 GPA Mikaela Ruiz and Elisia Sanchez--5th Place Community Service Project Yamillet Cruz-Casillas and Paulina Salazar--National THRIVE Winners    
Sunnyside Unified School District is proud to the present 'Comunidad', the District's 5th annual community event (Previously Sunnyside Meet Yourself). The event will take place on Wednesday, May 8th at Sunnyside High School from 5:00-7:00 p.m. In addition to our student project showcase, the event will feature various student musical and fine arts performances, in addition to a panel discussion on "The future of public education". We will have food, games, and fun for the entire family!  IF YOU GO: Comunidad: Annual Education Showcase and Speaker Series When: May 8, 2019 Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Location: Sunnyside High School FREE ADMISSION; food truck prices vary by vendor
Sunnyside District Alumni Association - Dollars for Scholars presents the 13th Annual Scholarship Reception sponsored by Midstate Energy. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 24th at Desert View High School Gymnasium from 5:00-7:30 p.m. The mission of the Sunnyside District Alumni Association Dollars for Scholars Chapter is to promote graduation, lifelong learning and pride in  the Sunnyside District.  
Desert View alumna, Gabriella Soza 2018, is named Athlete of the Week by South Mountain CC. Soza went 4-9 (.444) at the plate with an RBI, 2 walks and 2 runs scored. http://www.southmountaincc.edu/athletics/
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system as effective learners who act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others’ lives. Since the release of the 1983 report “A Nation at Risk” our public school systems have been challenged with the task of improving public perception regarding how we prepare students for the future. This issue of a quality of education was compounded with the accountability requirements under the No Child Left Behind of 2001, which focused primarily on one assessment.  This narrow focus on one metric as the definitive measure of school quality misrepresents the complexity of educating students and diminishes the great work of educators across this nation who make a difference in the lives of students every day, in every classroom. And though aggregate performance is a key variable for measuring success, it simply fails to tell a bigger picture of what our students have and will be able to do in the future.  For this reason we felt it critical to recast our PROFILE OF A GRADUATE within a broader narrative of student success. This new framework provides an unparalleled level of clarity that aligns our mission, vision, and the work.  This new iteration of our graduate profile picks up where our Strategic Plan left off in 2015 and drives the work forward through five competencies, key to each student’s journey towards graduation: 1). Knowledge for Learning, 2). Knowledge for Impact, 3). Creative Confidence, 4). Critical Consciousness, and 5). Self and Systems Awareness.  In addition to college and career readiness, Community Ready was added to this iteration of the work thanks to feedback we received from community members, as well as industry and higher education professionals who expressed certain intangibles that Sunnyside students brought to their organizations. Attributing to our students traits like, “community-minded”, “a sense of social justice”, “respectfulness” we felt strongly that Community Ready also provided us with a framework to bridge the gap between knowledge and agency. This framework allows our District to capture the summative experiences that mark each child’s learning journey so that personalizing the classroom is less about technology, and more about each student’s ecology.  Thank you for being a part of our journey.      COMPETENCY #1: KNOWLEDGE FOR LEARNING Our students are knowledge creators. We look to them to not only master the content, but also to transfer knowledge across disciplines: From science to the humanities, from mathematics to the social sciences—Sunnyside students are deep thinkers and well-rounded learners with a strong sense of academic identity.  We trust our students as knowledge co-creators who share their expertise with peers and teachers as part of an intentional process of collaboration. Sunnyside students understand that learning is a social and shared responsibility. By listening respectfully, students value learning from one another as they begin to develop transferable skills like responding positively and constructively, which are important skills to employers as they are assembling their teams.   COMPETENCY #2: KNOWLEDGE FOR IMPACT When Hurricane Harvey crippled the Texas coast in 2018, Sunnyside students in our JTED Construction program rolled up their sleeves, gave up their spring break, and traveled across the country to rebuild homes. When faced with the opportunity to speak at the state capitol demanding an increase in teacher pay, one Sunnyside student took to the microphone, took a deep breath and pumped up a crowd of tens of thousands.    Our students are engaged participants in their future, not merely bystanders. Equipped with deep knowledge of history and a sense of what is fair, our students are adept at using social media and student organizations to drive change. Sunnyside students are aware of community issues and possess real-world knowledge gained from internships and other experiences that put global issues into a local context.   COMPETENCY #3: CREATIVE CONFIDENCE All students are creative, and it’s our responsibility to nurture that creativity. Borrowing from the work of Tom and David Kelley (IDEO, Stanford d.School) we define creative confidence as the natural human ability to come up with great ideas and the courage to act on those ideas.  Sunnyside students take part in human-centric experiences that use empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking to unlock their creativity. Through building prototypes, using causal loops, challenging assumptions, and acknowledging that all ideas are worthy, our students learn how to take risks. More importantly, creative confidence relies on human collaboration, which is embodied in the performing arts. Sunnyside's tradition of excellence in the fine arts provides a first point of entry for students into a world of creativity that gives them opportunities to gain confidence and succeed.    COMPETENCY #4: CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS Workplaces, schools and colleges, and other social environments are defined by internal cultures and norms that are not always visible from the outside. Some environments are built to nurture and empower, while other systems have internal cultures that hinder upward mobility. This is why we give students the tools to identify systems that perpetuate inequality so they’re prepared to take action.  In collaboration with League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and the YWCA Southern Arizona we host workshops that help high school students learn about running for office while deconstructing issues such as racism, discrimination, and LGBTQ rights. Fostering critical consciousness through debate empowers our students to keep up with important issues and to demand a seat at the table.    COMPETENCY #5: SELF AND SOCIAL AWARENESS Students who are self-aware have strong intrapersonal skills such as self-regulation, which develops in the early years and aids in problem solving and supports volitional behavior. Social awareness (or social intelligence) is part of an important skill set that, later in life, is what sets a transformational leader apart from an everyday boss. This profile of a graduate takes into account our students’ social and emotional development and values traits such as assertiveness, conflict resolution, positive self-talk (to name a few)—as important indicators—of self- and social awareness, which is key to our students’ ability to thrive after high school.   NEXT STEPS 1. Create a graphic representation of the Graduate Profile 2. Introduce the Graduate Profile at the 2018 Administrative Summit 3. Develop indicators for each of the Graduate Profile competency areas 4. Establish a continuum or rubrics by grade band for each indicator that will be used to support internal accountability metrics with the desired outcome of establishing our own school label system    
By Javier Morales, AllSportsTucson.com Posted on February 20, 2019 SCOTTSDALE — Drenched from Gatorade poured on him by his celebratory players, Sunnyside soccer coach Casey O’Brien said he was “cold as hell but it feels good” standing on the Coronado High School field in 40-degree temperatures talking to reporters. The discomfort to go with the euphoric feeling describes Sunnyside’s 24-0-2 season, capped by the school’s first state soccer title, a dominating 4-0 win over Campo Verde on Wednesday night. Junior midfielder Fabian Mendoza scored Sunnyside’s first two goals by the 21-minute mark and senior midfielders Adrian Virgen and Manuel Quiroz also scored. Sunnyside goalie Jesus Gutierrez and the solid defense around him, including captain Julio Lemas and Juan Correa, helped the Blue Devils achieve their 12th shutout of the season. Asked about how he would describe the season, O’Brien did not go into hyperbole despite the unbeaten record and lofty regional and national rankings. Sunnyside is ranked No. 9 among Arizona, California and Hawaii programs by USA Today. The Blue Devils are No. 16 nationally as ranked by MaxPreps. “It’s been a long season, man,” said O’Brien, who started administering practices before Thanksgiving. “It’s been a long year. It’s been hard to build this. It’s been hard to work for this. “It’s been hard to fight through things. It’s been tough, it’s been tough. It’s been a long year, man. Tough, tough year. There’s been a lot going on. It’s just very rewarding just because of what’s been going on around us all year long.” Asked to elaborate, O’Brien said, “There’s been a lot of problems. The kids have been having a lot of struggles. Their families have been having a lot of struggles. I’ve been having my struggles. I mean, it seems like everybody everyday has something going on that we just had to get past.” Some family members have passed away. Some have moved away. Many of the players come from families struggling to get by on the southside. On top of that, they must stay on top of their studies while trying to excel as a soccer team. Keep in mind, most of them range from only 15 to 17 years old and they must help their parents or guardians at home a great deal while keeping up at school “I think this right here will put us in the right direction for all of our futures,” O’Brien added. “It’s going to make the kids hungry for success, not just soccer. This is going to change lives because this will make us focused for the more important things in life.” If Wednesday’s match against No. 3 Campo Verde for the top-seeded Blue Devils is an indication, O’Brien’s players have the ability to focus and turn a potential disaster into dominance. In the first five minutes, two dangerous attempts at the goal by Campo Verde — the first somehow not getting through bouncing right at the line of the goal — was a wakeup call for the Blue Devils. On the other attempt, Sunnyside goalie Jesus Gutierrez had to dive at the ball to prevent it from getting through. “It was matter of telling them to open their eyes and realize they were on the field and doing the same thing they’ve been doing,” O’Brien said. “Most of these guys have been playing since they were 4 or 5 years old. “They forgot for the first five minutes how to play the game. Once Fabian scored, everybody realized what we were doing. They came back to earth.” Mendoza was a terror for Campo Verde to handle with his speed and footwork coming off the edge. At the 17-minute mark, he became free in the middle about 15 feet from the goal and scored off the ricochet of a save by the Coyotes’ goalie. Five minutes later, he ran past defenders and eluded the goalie with a kick to the corner of the net. “I didn’t expect them,” Mendoza said of the goals, his 12th and 13th of the season. “They just came.” Campo Verde obviously did not expect them either. The Coyotes were also befuddled by Virgen’s curving penalty from 30 feet away that somehow found the inside of the goal for the score, giving Sunnyside a 3-0 lead at the 27-minute mark. “(The shot) was unbelievable … I kicked it just right,” said Virgen, who had 22 goals and 24 assists this season. Mendoza and Virgen joined the Sunnyside soccer program for the first time this year after playing only on club teams previously. The trend in youth sports is the opposite with standouts thinking club teams lead to greater individual success. It’s a testament to Sunnyside and O’Brien that Mendoza and Virgen stuck to the Blue Devils. They avoided the temptation of breaking AIA rules, which prevent athletes from practicing and playing with a club team during a season. “It’s my first year meeting a couple of the guys and we’ve created some great friendships,” Virgen said. “We’re more like family now with some of my best friends. It’s great.” The last goal came at the 75-minute mark by Quiroz, a fitting end to his Sunnyside career after leading the Blue Devils with 39 goals this season. He also had 22 assists. “That’s why he is so balanced with how many goals and assists he has, because when they put too much pressure on him, he’s so smart he knows to pass,” O’Brien said. “He trusts his teammates and he gives it up. He’s an unselfish kid. “You would think by his stats that maybe he is hungry for the goal and he doesn’t pass the ball but in a game like that tonight, when he knows he has double coverage basically all game long, he gives it up willingly. … With his vision and his IQ, he’s a phenomenal player. I really hope somebody (a college soccer program) takes a chance and takes that kid in because he deserves it.” The long season, as O’Brien calls it, is over gloriously after it began with the first practice three months ago at a “ramshackle field over by Sunnyside, but we loved it,” he said. “It’s crazy but that first practice was pretty dang good,” said O’Brien, who has coached at Sunnyside for four years. “We had a lot of great players on the field in that practice. It was 11 on 11. It was a highly competitive game. … We put talent on the field against ourselves. Our practices are some of the most intense games I have ever seen. Day One was great. “Today is better.”
By Raquel Rodriguez, KVOA News 4 Tucson TUCSON – Greg Jones, the Vice President of Smart force Development visited Challenger Middle School on Wednesday to announce his donation of a 3D printer bundle. Jones will be donating the MakerGear M3-SE Classroom Bundle which is valued at $3150. He met with principal Angelica Duddleston, teacher Tim Glass, and students as part of a The Miles For Manufacturing  5K event that supports local STEM classrooms. Smartforce Development at AMT is an advocacy effort that encourages young people to seek high technology careers in advanced manufacturing. “We make every possible effort to support STEM programs in schools. We believe that when students gain access to project-based learning in their classroom at an early age, that has a positive impact on the career pathways they choose…Working with local partners who have introduced us to the educational community in Tucson, we’ve selected Challenger Middle School to receive a 3D printer donation” Jones said. Challenger Middle School is expected to receive the 3D printer in the next couple of weeks.   Watch the KVOA news story here.
Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women at the University of Arizona and the Pi Beta Phi Tucson Alumnae Club have been selected to jointly distribute 20,000 new books to area schools, after-school programs, and community programs serving students from low-income families through the Fraternity’s annual Fraternity Day of Service. Sunnyside is one of several recipients of this generous book donation from the fraternity for women. Los Amigos Tech Academy Principal, Valerie Sandoval, with students Santiago Sanchez and Alyssa Gastelum at the Pi Beta Phi press conference.  "The books will be donated to children through local schools, after-school programs and community programs serving economically disadvantaged families," “Low literacy skills are directly linked to poor health, greater inequality, higher unemployment and less earned income. We believe illiteracy is America’s biggest challenge and that investing in family literacy is critical to the success of our families and nation,” said Lauren Sproull, the organization’s Director of Communications in a recent news release.   Five locations are selected annually for book distribution events based on greatest demonstrated need both in literacy and resources. In Pima County, 59 percent of 4th graders test below proficient in reading (Arizona State Department of Education, 2016) and 83.5 percent of Pima County preschoolers, about 20,400, are not ready for kindergarten (First Things First, 2015). The book distributions are part of Pi Beta Phi's Fraternity Day of Service, a major Pi Beta Phi literacy initiative under the organization's national philanthropic effort, Read > Lead > Achieve®. Fraternity Day of Service is an annual event encouraging Pi Beta Phi members to provide literacy-related service and advocacy efforts to their communities. The book distribution began on March 1st on the anniversary of the birthday of renowned children's book author, Dr. Seuss.  
Pam Betten , Sunnyside Chief Academic Officer (far right) presented at SXSW EDU on March 5th alongside the CEO of Open Up Resources, representatives from EL Education and educators from the Oakland Unified School District. Rather than solely focusing on arriving at the correct answer, Betten stressed, teachers can also use subjects like math to encourage creative thinking, analysis and reasoning as part of a student's process in arriving at a solution. SXSW EDU, a yearly offshoot of SXSW, fosters innovation in learning by hosting a community of optimistic, forward-thinking, purpose-driven stakeholders with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning.   Click here to learn more.

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(520) 545-5316

Sunnyside High School, opened in 1955, is home to 2,400 students in Tucson, AZ. Sunnyside offers a wide variety of extracurricular programs, advanced placement courses, and specialized career and technical training programs. As a part of the Sunnyside Unifed School District, Sunnyside High School is a celebrated historical pillar of the Tucson community.

Sunnyside is fully accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a comprehensive high school that offers a plethora of rigorous and challenging courses. The foundation of its success is based in its Freshman Academy. This school within a school serves as a foundational environment which prepares incoming 9th graders for their tenure as high school students.

Once students have advanced into the upper grade levels they are invited to join one of three College and Career Academies. Each academy focuses on a career pathway where students can earn college credit, industry certifications and take part in work experiences and internships. This combination of core and elective classes has evolved Sunnyside into a culture of college and career readiness.

Additionally, the use of AVID instructional strategies and ample enrollment in Honors and Advanced Placement courses has propelled graduation rates and record amounts of scholarship offerings. This focus on learning and real world experiences has prepared our students for life after Sunnyside.

 

School Details
Year Opened: 
1955
Grades: 
9-12
Enrollment: 
2314
Mascot: 
Blue Devils
Colors: 
Royal Blue and White
Uniforms: Required
Tops: Uniforms Not Required
Bottoms:

School Activities

Physical activities are a common form of recreation and a source of well-being, and are key to improving physical fitness and physical and mental health. Community activities give students the opportunity to better know themselves, to open up to others and to gain a better sense of belonging to their community. Community activities encourage students to play an active role in society and become responsible citizens and inspirational role models.

  • Freshman Academy
  • Athletics (10+)
  • Honors/AP Courses (15+)
  • AVID
  • MESA
  • Skills USA/Career Tech Student Orgs
  • National Honor Society
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Mariachi
  • Folklorico
  • Transition Club
  • College & Career Academies
  • JTED/CTE Programs (10+)
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Air Force ROTC
  • DECA
  • Blue Devil News
  • YES Club
  • SWAT (Student Wellness)
  • Yearbook
  • FBLA
  • Award winning Auto CTE/JTED programs
  • Choir