Agua Fria High School

Coordinates: 33°26′20.52″N 112°20′39.34″W / 33.4390333°N 112.3442611°W / 33.4390333; -112.3442611

Agua Fria Union High School
530 E. Riley Drive
Avondale, AZ
MottoHonor First, Win or Lose
Established1928 (Litchfield Park)
1956 (as Agua Fria)
School districtAgua Fria Union High School District
Faculty90.20 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,761 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio19.52[1]
Color(s)          Red and grey

Agua Fria High School is located in Avondale, Arizona. It is a part of the Agua Fria Union High School District and was its only school until 1999 when Millennium High School was built.

It was established in 1928 as Litchfield Park High School. In 1956, the school relocated to Avondale and obtained its current name. In the 1982-83 school year, it was honored as a Blue Ribbon school.[2]

Fine artsEdit

Agua Fria offers college preparatory coursework, along with career and technical education. Agua Fria also offers a respected music program; the Night Owl Jazz band regularly performs at jazz festivals throughout the Phoenix Area, and has qualified for the Arizona State Jazz Festival in both 2006, 2007 and 2009 when they were the first jazz ensemble to receive a rating of "superior with distinctions". Also in 2006, the Agua Fria Band of Owls was the first to receive a rating of "superior with distinctions" in the district.

Marching BandEdit

Agua Fria is home to the Band of Owls marching band under the direction of Jeremy Garcia.

AFHS Fight SongEdit

The Owl fight song goes as follows,

"Let's win this game;

Go onward Owls, go!

Never to yield

A victory to the foe!

On to the goal;

A gain on every play!

Fight Owls! Fight Owls!

Win this game the same old way!"[3]


Agua Fria's atheltic excellence is recognized state and nation wide. With the likes of Hall of Fame inductees Randall McDaniel to more recent stars like Everson Griffen.

A football program that has boasted 5 state championships in Class 4A (1991, 1989, 1988, 1972, 1970). Along with countless NCAA Division 1 athletic scholarships.

The track and field program is also worth recognizing. Under the direction of coach Ted Campbell, as well as Brian Bogen, the Owls morphed into perennial winners. Between 1997 and 2007, the boys' track team had a duel meet record of 112 wins and 13 losses, came home with countless invitational trophies, took first place in its region five years in a row (from 2004 to 2008), and won state titles back to back in 2006 and 2007.

The men's basketball team has been prominent in tournaments and championships as well. Most recently, from 2007 to 2009, the varsity team made it to the 4A-I state finals, but fell short of winning the championship to Carrick Felix's Millennium High School (division rivals) and Sunnyslope High School. In 2016, they had again made it to the playoffs, but lost in the semi-final round to the team who ultimately won the state championship.

Agua Fria's men's soccer team has also notched a 4A state championship (1999). Along with producing various playoff runs from 2006-2010.

Agua Fria's cheerleading team has also been a frequent state and national contender in the past few years. During the 2015-2016 school year, head coach Torie Jones secured the team their first state bid in the school's history, and has secured a bid for them every year since. In her third year, she also took the varsity cheer team to finals at USA Nationals for the first time.

Solar panelsEdit

In the late spring of 2011, covered parking with solar panel installations was scheduled to be added to Agua Fria and Millennium high schools; the district had already added solar panels to the roofs at Desert Edge High School and Verrado High School in 2010.[4] It was estimated that some 40 percent of the entire district's energy needs would come from solar panels at its high schools upon completion.[citation needed]

Notable alumniEdit

Eric L. Duncan, Wikipedia editor, master carpenter (retired), music producer and entrepreneur, 1984


  1. ^ a b c Agua Fria High School
  2. ^ "List 1982" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  3. ^ "Owl Fight Song / Owl Fight song". AGUA FRIA HIGH SCHOOL. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
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  5. ^ a b Tom Fitzpatrick (January 13, 1993). "Dealing with a Confessed Serial Killer". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved December 18, 2015. Alex Garcia, 17, a former student at Agua Fria High School... the school Garcia and Doody had attended.
  6. ^ Russo, Mike (August 19, 2010). "Agua Fria grad signs with Nats". West Valley View. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved May 1, 2015.