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Chaparral High School (Arizona)

Chaparral High School is a public high school located in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States. Its mascot is the firebird, and the school colors are scarlet, red, and gold.[2] Chaparral opened in February, 1973 with 800 students comprising freshman, sophomore and junior classes. The principal was James Curlett. The initial structures were built at a cost of $3.5 million.[3] Chaparral's first graduates were the class of 1974.

Chaparral High School
6935 E. Gold Dust Avenue
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253-1484
United States
Coordinates 33°34′37″N 111°55′56″W / 33.57703°N 111.932241°W / 33.57703; -111.932241Coordinates: 33°34′37″N 111°55′56″W / 33.57703°N 111.932241°W / 33.57703; -111.932241
Type Public
Established 1972
School district Scottsdale Unified School District
Principal Dr. Angela Chomokos
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,125 (2012[1])
Color(s) Gold and Red
Mascot Firebirds
Newspaper Ashes
Yearbook Golden Embers

In 2014, Newsweek ranked Chaparral No. 22 among top American high schools and No. 1 in Arizona.[4]


Student body and academicsEdit

Chaparral High School has consistently ranked in Newsweek's list of Best High Schools in America, and in 2007 Chaparral was one of only 12 schools ranked in Arizona.[5] The high school holds the state record for having the most National Merit Scholars in one year (37 in 2014).[6] Additionally, the school has also earned the record most in-state Presidential Scholars in Arizona, with 17 in 2003.[citation needed]

Racism in the newsEdit

News articles note that on Dec. 8, 2017 Chaparral High School's Firebirds lost a home game in Scottsdale, Arizona. The crowd—most of whom were White—began mocking Freshman Yuuki Okubo, who plays for Crossroads High School's Roadrunners. The Asian player stands at 5 foot 5 inches tall and the crowd began mocking Okubo's height when he got fouled.[7]

Notable attendeesEdit

Professional athletesEdit

Entertainment and mediaEdit


  1. ^ "AIA 2012 enrollment figures" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Chaparral High School – School Information". Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "10 Feb 1973, Page 67 - Arizona Republic at". 
  4. ^ "Newsweek". 
  5. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools – Newsweek America's Best High Schools". MSNBC. November 25, 2008. Archived from the original on May 23, 2007. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "password protected article". Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Asian Basketball Player SILENCES Racist Crowd Mocking His Height". 
  8. ^ Canada's Youngest Olympians, 
  9. ^ Stephanie Meyer Biography