Desert Mountain High School
12575 East Via Linda

United States
Coordinates33°35′19″N 111°48′37″W / 33.588573°N 111.810184°W / 33.588573; -111.810184Coordinates: 33°35′19″N 111°48′37″W / 33.588573°N 111.810184°W / 33.588573; -111.810184
TypeSecondary public school
School districtScottsdale Unified School District
PrincipalLisa Hirsch (2017-)
Teaching staff95.40 (FTE)[1]
Number of students2,018 (2019-20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio21.15[1]
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Secondary School Systems
NewspaperWolf's Print

Desert Mountain High School (DMHS) is a public high school in northeast Scottsdale, Arizona which opened in the fall of 1995. It is the newest of five high schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District. The school has a four computer labs, media studio, theater, college/career center, yearbook/newspaper production labs, child development department, business-regulated curriculum, off-school campus medical education facilities and extensive athletic facilities.

Desert Mountain has a two-semester scheduling format to serve its student population of almost 2,300 students in grades nine through twelve.

In 1998, Desert Mountain became an International Baccalaureate Member School and is a magnet program for the Scottsdale Unified School District. Desert Mountain offers students the choice of standard, honors, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. Special programs are available for gifted (including Advanced Placement), English Language Learners and Special Education students. Extensive vocational programs are available through a partnership with the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT).[2]


The school's library is shared with the Scottsdale Public Library system as the Palomino Branch Library. It opened with the rest of the school in August 1995. The library features 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) of space. At the time of its opening, the then-50,000-volume collection was 60% owned by the library and 40% by the school. It was the district's first such combined library.[3]

Academics, honors and awards

The Desert Mountain faculty includes five administrators, nine professional support staff members and one hundred twenty-three teachers, of whom seventy-five hold master's degrees and seven hold doctorates.

Desert Mountain High School is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. It is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and complies with the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.

Desert Mountain High School has been ranked by Newsweek as one of the top 1300 public high schools in the country. It is one of a handful of public high schools in Arizona to make the list, and was ranked 867th.[4]

In 2013, U.S. News listed the school among the top 22,000 public high schools in the United States. It ranked No. 18 on the list among Arizona schools.

Desert Mountain is also one of the few SUSD schools that has an active International Baccalaureate (IB) program for students to join.

Extracurricular activities

Students participate in a variety of extracurricular activities including Student Council, National Honor Society, performing arts, and athletics at the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity levels. The school has over fifty student clubs and organizations.

Desert Mountain's DMHS Players was the only Arizona high school drama club invited to perform at the world's largest arts festival, the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland, nominated for their production of Urinetown: The Musical. The DMHS Players also received numerous awards at the 2008 Center Stage Awards including Best Play, for their production of The Importance of Being Earnest. In 2003, the DMHS Players' production of "The Winter's Tale" competed at the International Thespian Society's state competition and took 1st Place. It then received the honor of being chosen as one of only 10 plays in the USA to compete at the International Thespian Society's National competition in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2004.[citation needed]

Desert Mountain's Invisible Children Club has been the recipient of multiple awards, including multiple club of the quarter/year awards and three Schools for Schools awards. Since its inception, it has raised over $50,000.[citation needed]

Desert Mountain's Marching Band was invited to perform in the 2019 London New Year's Day Parade. This was the third time, after already performing in it in 2011 and 2015.[citation needed]

In 2015 the Science Olympiad team won first place and moved onto to represent Arizona in the national competition in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The DMHS FIRST Tech Challenge, Team 1852 “Amore” was active between the years 2004-2012. They attended the FIRST Championships in Atlanta in 2009.


DMHS is a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. Although it has won many minor titles in high school athletics, its first major state title was earned in 2007 when the boys' basketball team became 5A-II state champions by defeating Paradise Valley High School 65-55.[5] In 2010, the girls' soccer team won a 5A-II championship title. They defeated Horizon High School, after 3 OTs and winning 5 to 4 in PKs. The 2006 girls' volleyball team also won the 2006 state championship. Desert Mountain students won eight varsity team championships and twelve individual state championships in 2007. The Desert Mountain High School club and soon to be school sponsored lacrosse team, the "Wolves Lacrosse", won a major title as Division 2 champion in the 2014-2015 season (5-4).

The DMHS Tennis team is one of the strongest in the state, with two straight AIA Division I State titles. One was won in the 2014-2015 season and one the following year in the 2015-2016 season, over Brophy and Chaparral, respectively.[6]


In 2006, the school was featured in an episode of the MTV program My Super Sweet 16.[7]

Notable alumni


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