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  • Every Saturday is a SMART Saturday here at SMHS!  

    The library is open from 8am - 12pm on Saturdays for tutoring or for you to catch up on work.  We are here to serve you, hope to see you there!

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Experience High School @ South Mountain

South Mountain High School is the first and oldest high school in the South Mountain community, educating students since 1954.  It is also home to five magnet programs—Aviation and Aerospace Education; Law Studies; Performing Arts (dance, music and theatre); Visual Arts and Communication Arts.  We have our own art gallery, court room, radio station and simulated Air Traffic Control tower, as well as one of the largest and well-equipped auditoriums in the state.  We also have a full academic curriculum - including Advanced Placement, Honors and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes, as well as evening school.  The well-rounded learning is evident in the success the South Mountain Academic Decathlon has achieved, qualifying for the State Championships in 20 of the past 21 years.  
The experienced teaching staff includes four Nationally Board Certified teachers, other award-winning instructors, and annually, excelling students earn over one million dollars in college scholarships.  Because of our magnet programs, the arts flourish at South - from acting and dancing, to sculpture and computer art.  South Mountain also has a rich athletics tradition, winning 33 State Championships and sending many student athletes to the college and professional ranks.  A brand new PE building, with exceptional training equipment, is one example of South Mountain’s commitment to educating the “whole” student.  South Mountain's mission is to create a community of learners who are productive citizens in an ever-changing society.  South Mountain is proud to be named an AVID certified school site.  In synthesis with the Phoenix Union High School District mission, the AVID mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.      

Congratulations to the State Champion South Mountain Girls Basketball team.  The Jaguars beat Window Rock in the semifinals and upset top-seeded Valley Christian in the championship game, 58-55, Saturday evening to win the Division III Title at Glendale’s Gila River Arena.  Senior Najiyyah Pack scored 32 points and had 14 rebounds in the 63-47 semifinal win Friday, and paced the Jags with 18 hard-fought points in the finale.   South trailed most of the game against 31-1 Valley Christian, but scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, 14 coming from the free throw line, converting 14-16 in that stretch.  The Jags made 11 free throws in the final 1:52.  Senior Ozarhia Fisher, who was in foul trouble early, played the fourth quarter with four fouls but hit 8 of 9 free throws for the game, and Pack was 7 of 8 from the line. Sophomore Joanna Campbell added 17 points for South.   South trailed by 10 in the third quarter, but sophomore Jessia Quintero’s three-point shot gave the Jags their first lead, 45-43 in the fourth quarter. 

The Jaguars, who last won a title in 2008, finish with a 24-8 record under Coach Kisha Gwyn.  The title is the third championship for South Mountain within the last year.  Two weeks ago, the Boys Soccer team won a State Championship, and last spring, the Girls Track and Field team won State.


Congratulations to the South Mountain Boys Soccer team for capturing the Division II State Titlewith a 2-0 victory over Sunnyslope in the Championship match at Campo Verde High School. It was the first AIA soccer title for a Phoenix Union school Angel Jimenez broke a scoreless tie 13 minutes into the second half with a 30-yard blast, and Bryan Medina added penalty kick goal in the final minutes of the game to seal the victory. The Jaguars went 17-3 this year under second year coach Jose Diaz, including playoff wins over Canyon del Oro, second-seeded Tucson and Yuma Cibola to advance to the title contest.

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5401 S. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85040 
602.764.5012 Attendance Hotline
Principal: Brian Guliford &
                    Kate McDonald
Mascot: Jaguars
School Colors: Columbia Blue & Red
Year School Opened: 1954

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