Thunderbird High School

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Thunderbird High School
1750 W Thunderbird Rd


United States
School type Public high school
School district Glendale Union High School District
PrincipalJeannie Paparella
Teaching staff70.20 (FTE) [1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment1,616 (2018–19) [1]
Student to teacher ratio23.02 [1]
Color(s)Orange, Blue

Thunderbird High School is a public high school located in northwestern Phoenix, Arizona. The school is a part of the Glendale Union High School District.


Feeder schools

Some schools in the Washington Elementary School District feed into Thunderbird High School.

Feeder junior high schools include Mountain Sky Junior High School and Cholla Middle School.


The school opened in 1972. Greenway High School opened the following year; both schools feature the same architectural blueprints. Thunderbird had rotating walls and open concept classrooms when it opened. By 1976, the school had filled up with more than 2,100 students, [2] in 1977 the first class to have gone through all four years (freshman-senior) at the school graduated, and by 1979, that number reached its peak, with 2,742 students attending Thunderbird. Over time, enrollment declined, however; by the mid-1980s, the school's size increased at just below 2,000 students and has since slowly decreased to its current size.

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  1. 1 2 3 "Thunderbird High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  2. Historic enrollment figures from the AIA

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