Catalina Foothills High School

Catalina Foothills High School In The Heart Of The Foothills

Aver 1600 Students Attend High School

catalina foothills high school tucson azCatalina Foothills High School is a public high school, located in the suburban community of Catalina Foothills. The “Foothills” are located about 10 miles north of the City of Tucson, Arizona,

It is the only high school in the Catalina Foothills School District. Also, identified as School District 16.  The Catalina Foothills community is located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

A Bit Of History

The Catalina Foothills School District opened its doors in 1931 with nine students and one teacher, who met in a garage. In 1939, developer John Murphey ended up selling 2.2 acres on River Road to CFSD for ten dollars.

Joseph T. Joesler designed the first school house. It had two rooms and built by the Work Progress Administration.

After many years it became the location for the CFSD administration and named the Murphey Administration Center.

Today over than 5,000 students are enrolled in CFSD.

For many years students attended high school in either the Tucson Unified School District or the Amphitheater district. As the population of the Catalina Foothills grew, students attended Amphitheater High School in North Tucson.

Although Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley was closer, it had been essentially closed to out-of-district students. As the Amphitheater district began to experience overcrowding, the need for a high school in the Catalina Foothills School District became apparent.

Construction began in 1991 on a 40-acre site in the center of the district. The School Board had acquired the site in the late 1970s. The school opened to a 9th grade class in 1992 when classes met at a district middle school. In 1993 the campus was opened to 9th and 10th graders.

The  first graduating class was in spring 1996.

Academic Excellence

Catalina Foothills High School has continuously been rated in the top 1.7% of high schools in the U.S. Annually, Catalina Foothills averages about 12 National Merit Finalists.

The school now serves roughly 1,650 students in grades 9 through 12. The school mascot is the peregrine falcon, and the school colors are blue and silver. Based on the percentage of students passing or exceeding the AIMS, Catalina Foothills is one of the top high schools in the state. Map to Catalina Foothills High School.


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