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Sunnyside High School (Tucson, Arizona)

Sunnyside High School, opened in 1955, is home to two thousand students located on the south side of Tucson, Arizona. Sunnyside offers a variety of extracurricular programs, advanced placement courses, and specialized career and technical training programs. It is a part of the Sunnyside Unified School District.

Sunnyside High School
Sunnyside High Blue Devil logo.png
Home Of The Fighting Blue Devils
1725 East Bilby Road
Tucson, Arizona 85706
United States
Coordinates 32°08′34″N 110°56′41″W / 32.142876°N 110.944829°W / 32.142876; -110.944829Coordinates: 32°08′34″N 110°56′41″W / 32.142876°N 110.944829°W / 32.142876; -110.944829
School type Public
Established 1955
School district Sunnyside Unified School District #12
CEEB code 030525
Principal Michael Marcos
Teaching staff 121 [1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,318 (October 1, 2012)[2]
School color(s) Royal blue and white
Fight song O Sunnyside!
Mascot Blue Devil
Rival Salpointe Catholic High School
Newspaper The Devillaire



Sunnyside High School opened in 1955 with 9th and 10th grade classes.[3]

The original mascot logo for Sunnyside used a variation of Arizona State University's Sparky mascot. The school was forced to change after the university learned of this use when Sunnyside played a championship game at ASU's Sun Devil Stadium.[4]


Sunnyside High School is located on the south side of Tucson, Arizona.


There is a widespread of curriculum that is offered at Sunnyside High School.

Departments of InstructionEdit

Sunnyside High School offers these courses either for class credits, or elective credit:

  • Automotive Collision Repair Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business/Business Information Technology
  • English Language Development
  • FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) - Business Management and Administrative Services
  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic Communications
  • Health
  • Industrial Technology
  • Information/Computer Technology
  • Language Arts
  • Library
  • Life Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Careers
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Precision Metals Technology
  • Publications
  • Radio and Television Technology
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • World Languages
  • Choir
  • Sports Medicine Club
  • Skills USA

Courses or college creditEdit

Below are courses available to students, for both high-school:

  • Writing 101
  • Computers Maintenance
  • Web Design and Development

Academics and enhanced coursesEdit

  • Advanced Placement Courses
  • Honors Academy
  • Honors Courses
  • Medical Careers Academy
  • Tech Prep/Work-Based Learning
  • CISCO Academy-A+, Net+ Certifications

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

  • Fine Arts: Concert Band, Dancing, Drum Line, Folklorico, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Mariachi, Orchestra, Painting, Photography, and Pottery
  • Publications: media video communications, and yearbook
  • Clubs: Anytown, Blue Wires, DECA, HOSA, MESA, National Honor Society, Student Government, YES Club, Sunnyside Web Company, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
  • Sports: Division 5A: boys volleyball, baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, wrestling, Gymnastics
  • Sunnyside Blue Devil Dance Team
  • Wildcat Society
  • Sunnyside Cheer Team


Sunnyside High School is a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association and is classed in its 5A conference.[5] A wrestling powerhouse in Arizona, Sunnyside has won 30 state championships (14 in a row, 1998-2011). It lost a dual-meet December 12, 2015, where Green Valley (NV) snapped a 314 win streak stretching from 1999 to then, and only has lost ten since 1969. However, recently Sunnyside Wrestling has regain its championship title in 2018.[6][7] The teams are known as the Sunnyside Blue Devils. Athletic teams are fielded in boys volleyball, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling, and swimming.

The varsity football team was featured on the Great American Rivalries Series in 2009 against Salpointe Catholic High School.

Arizona State Championship titlesEdit

  • Basketball: 1993 (4A)[8]
  • Football: 2001 (4A), 2003 (4A)
  • Wrestling: 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2018[6]
  • Cheerleading: 2000
  • Softball: 2007
  • Boys Cross-Country: 1966, 1975, 2008
  • Girls Volleyball: 1990


There are various musical performing groups at Sunnyside.

Performing groups as well as their director(s):

  • Sunnyside Jazz Ensemble, Rusty Ogren.
  • The Pride of Sunnyside Marching Band, Rusty Ogren.
  • Sunnyside Wind Ensemble, Rusty Ogren.
  • Sunnyside Choir, Rusty Ogren.
  • Los Diablitos Azules Mariachi.
  • Sunnyside Orchestra, Wesley Hunter.

The Pride of Sunnyside Marching BandEdit

The Pride of Sunnyside
School Sunnyside High School
Founded 1950
Director Rusty Ogren


  • 2006: Scott Matlick, Drum Major for The Pride of Arizona (2002–2004), is hired as Director of Bands at Sunnyside High School. Reinvents the band, dawning the name The Pride of Sunnyside Marching Band. The band's show is Gladiator picked by previous Director Alli Coyle.
  • 2007: Scott Matlick introduces the show "Adentro: The Music of Ricardo Arjona", based on Latin singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona's album Adentro. The tradition of the marching on to the field in the opening set known as the "S" is brought back to commemorate the school's 50th anniversary. After two years as Director of Bands at Sunnyside, Scott Matlick returns to the University of Arizona to be part of the Graduate Teaching Assistant program for the UA Bands and The Pride of Arizona.
  • 2008: During the summer the band was temporarily under the direction of Joseph Molinar. The band plays "The Return of Aerosmith" the show Director Alli Coyle created in 2005 for the band. In early August the band gets Director of Bands Matthew Hoolsema from Michigan. Under the new direction of Matthew Hoolsema, the school's choir program is brought back.
  • 2009: Matthew Hoolsema introduces the show Music of the Big Band Era. The program includes tunes "La Suerte De Los Tontos", " House of the Rising Sun", "Blue Groove", and "Big Noise from Winnetka". The band reached the state marching competition.
  • 2010: Although not as successful as the previous year, the Pride of Sunnyside continued to a new season with the music of Journey.

Recent directors

  • 2004-2006: Alli Coyle
  • 2006-2008: Scott Matlick
  • 2008–2011: Matthew Hoolsema
  • 2011: Armando Salas
  • 2012–present: Rusty Ogren

Recent field shows

Under Alli Coyle:

Under Scott Matlick:

Under Matthew Hoolsema:

  • 2008: The Return of Aerosmith
  • 2009: The Music of the Big Band Era
  • 2010: The Music of Journey

Under Armando Salas:

  • 2011: Latin Sketches

Under Rusty Ogren:

  • 2012: Symphonic Passions
  • 2013: 80s and Gentleman
  • 2015: Cirque De Solei
  • 2016: When the Stars Come Out

Student groupsEdit

Notable alumniEdit

Notable facultyEdit

Two faculty members have been recognized as Arizona Teacher of the Year, Marguerite Johnson Caldwell in 1983 and Rich Mayorga in 2003.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kalaitzdis, Konstantinos (10 January 2008). "Sunnyside district gets OK for new high school". Tucson Citizen. 
  2. ^ AIA AIA 2012 enrollment figures Archived 21 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Sunnyside High celebrates its 50th year". Arizona Daily Star. 20 October 2005. 
  4. ^ Zeiger, Dan. "University logos a big part of E.V. high school sports." The East Valley Tribune 16 September 2010.
  5. ^ Sunnyside High School
  6. ^ a b Vanderson, Jessie (15 February 2008). "It's 11 in a row for Sunnyside". Tucson Citizen. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Local sports scene had its thrills, spills". Arizona Daily Star. 25 December 1993. Dwight Rees, Sunnyside High School. The Blue Devils not only won the state 4A basketball championship, but they went undefeated at 29-0, the first Tucson ... 
  9. ^ "The Skinny (column)". Tucson Weekly. 13 January 2000. Raul Grijalva, known as Ralph while he was at Sunnyside High School, has led a truly charmed life.... 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Kalaitzidis, Konstantinos (31 May 2007). "New O'odham chairman wants to do business". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Past Teachers of the Year". Arizona Educational Foundation. 

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