Tempe Union High School District Receives Awards in Several Categories

Posted on Nov 18, 2017
Tempe Union High School District Receives Awards in Several Categories

Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD) includes seven schools (six schools and one alternative school) with over 13,000 students, serving the areas of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Guadalupe, and the Gila River Indian Community. Dr. Kevin Mendivil, the current Associate Superintendent will take over as Superintendent for the 2018 school year.

The schools in the Tempe Union High School District include:

  • Desert Vista
  • McClintock
  • Corona del Sol
  • Tempe High School
  • Mountain Pointe
  • Marcos de Niza
  • Compadre Alternative School for high at-risk students

Each of these schools has attained achievements and awards for outstanding students participating in special events. A few of those are outlined below.


For the fourth time in five years, the Desert Vista Speech and Debate Team was awarded the “School of Outstanding Distinction Award” for finishing as one of the top ten teams in the United States in their quest to win the largest academic competition in the world. They are one of only five schools in the United States to win this award four times. Desert Vista was honored with the Harold Slemmer Overall Excellence Award, which recognizes the school for excellence in both academics and athletics. Desert Vista has the largest population of the seven schools, with just over 3,000 students.


At the recent Annual National Youth Arts Award in Scottsdale, now in its 12th year, five Marcos de Niza students were honored with awards for their memorable performances in Cinderella and Steel Magnolias. Beyond that, the school received 11 nominations in other categories for those two plays.

As well, varsity and cheer represented TUHSD and Marcos de Niza High School at the Arizona Diamondbacks Spiritline Day on September 10, 2017. The girls were full of spirit as they perfected their routine for that day, choreographed by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.


The 2017 High School Invitational Exhibition at Mesa Community College honored seven McClintock Visual Arts students for the high quality of their work. Three of those won scholarship awards and one received an exceptional achievement award.


Tempe is one of nine communities in Arizona selected to be involved with the very first initiative of the AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI). The concept behind AZ CCI is to “explore the many ways creativity can be put to work for positive community impact.” Tempe Union High School District has a staff member, Maggie Fountain, on the team representing Tempe. This is a year-long process that will focus on south Tempe.

The schools in the Tempe Union High School District show dedication to achieving the goal of the district’s motto: “Excellence in Teaching and Learning.” The TUHSD has achieved high marks for the additional resources presented to parents and students to help them attain the highest educational standards available.

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