Welcome to Cactus High School, Home of the Cobras!


    Principal: Kristi Hammer

    Assistant Principals: Adrienne Perry, David Serafin, Chris Webb

    Start time: 7:20 a.m. 

    Dismissal time: 2:20 p.m.

    Enrollment: Appx 1100 for the 2023-2024 School Year

    Year Built: 1977

    Achievement Profile: B rated


    The mission of Cactus High School is to teach students to think critically, problem-solve effectively, and utilize technology proficiently in order to prepare them to meet the demands and expectations of post-secondary college and the 21st Century workplace.


    At Cactus High School, we believe in our students and value the unique gifts and talents each one brings to the table. Our teachers exist to serve kids, are passionate about ensuring their success, and desire to impact their lives for the greater good. Teachers at Cactus believe that: “Cactus High School is a great place for all students to learn at all different levels”, that, “Cactus High School embraces ALL students with the expectation that we collectively strive for excellence in all endeavors”, that ,“every student should have access to the vast tools and experienced staff knowledge available at Cactus to build a successful future”, that, “We at Cactus work very hard every day to do what is best for kids”, and that, “Every student can succeed at Cactus High School”. At Cactus, we are a family, and we live by the ideal of “Ohana” where no kid is left behind and no one is invisible. We offer many programs to meet the many varied needs and interests of our students, from AP classes to Dual Enrollment, to both honors and extension classes. Besides the many academic programs on campus, we expect our students to be involved in our many clubs and activities, and we have over 30 clubs and activities offered to students. Our students take great pride in being involved and love to celebrate each other, and there is a lot to celebrate! Here is just a snapshot of what Cactus is all about:


    Our Cactus AFJROTC Unit has earned the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit (DUA w/Merit) for 2022-2023. This award recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, the contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and local community. They earned this award by meeting all deadlines established by headquarters, averaging 20 hours/cadet of community service, and by earning an Exceeds Standards rating in the unit inspection. Certainly, numerous AFJROTC units are doing great things in their respective communities, but the cadets of the AZ-791 Unit truly represent the best out of the 850 AFJROTC units worldwide. Our cadets and instructors are to be commended for earning this prestigious award.


    Team 498 Robotics "The Cobra Commanders" are your 2023 Arizona West Regional winners and Arizona West Regional Engineering Inspiration Award winners. 


    The following students passed the 2023 National ASE entry-level certification: Dominick Johnson (MLR Brakes, ASE Maintenance & Light Repair), Roberto Ronces Diaz (MLR Brakes, ASE Maintenance & Light Repair), Jacob Boyer (ASE Maintenance & Light Repair), Edgar Garcia (ASE Maintenance & Light Repair), Logen Hornbuckle (ASE Maintenance & Light Repair), Tohopka Interpreter (ASE Maintenance & Light Repair), Connor Lewis (ASE Maintenance & Light Repair), Brayden London (ASE Maintenance & Light Repair) and Tyler Ruth (ASE Maintenance & Light Repair).


    In athletics, we have dominated over the years. We have 36 Team State Championships and 35 State Runner-ups. We have even more individual state champions, and although athletics are important, academics are critical. The top 10% of our 2023 senior class consisted of 27 students, all of whom were athletes, in our marching band or fine arts groups, and/or a cadet in our nationally recognized ROTC program. At Cactus, we focus on developing the whole student and celebrate academics as much as we honor athletics and activities.

  • Homecoming Rally/Breast Cancer Awareness


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