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Catalina Foothills High School is a public high school, located in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Catalina Foothills is the only high school in the Catalina Foothills School District, located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. Founded in 1992, Foothills now serves approximately 1,890 students in grades nine through twelve. 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 best high schools in the state. In 2006, Catalina Foothills had the state's second highest percentage of students exceeding math, the third highest percentage of students exceeding reading standards, and the ninth highest percentage of student exceeding writing standards.
Catalina Foothills is accredited by the North Central Association.
The chess team is a National power, having won a total of seven (7) National team championships, and is coached by Fide Master Robby Adamson, who is an attorney in Tucson, Arizona. Catalina Foothills has won the High School National Championship three of the last four years (2008, 2007, 2005), and in 2006 placed second overall.
Below is a list of the team's accomplishments: 2008 National High School Champion; 2007 National High School Champion; 2005 National High School Champion; 2004 National K-9 Champion; 2006 National 12th Grade Champs; 2006 National 11th Grade Champs; 2005 National 11th Grade Champs; State AIA Team Champion 2005-2009, finishing with a record total of 19 out of a possible 20 points in 2007 and 17 out of 20 points in 2008, and 18.5/20 in 2009).
The Catalina Foothills Science Olympiad team has won the state championship in 2006 and placed a close second in 2007. From 2008-2010, they have won the state championships, representing Arizona at the Science Olympiad National Tournament three years in a row. The Catalina Foothills Academic Decathlon team usually finishes near the top in the Region, with the greatest competition from University High School and Canyon del Oro High School (which has won the last five region titles).. The Science Olympiad Team has done increasingly well in the past few years, winning the state championship in 2006 and 2008 and finishing a close second place in 2007.
Catalina Foothills participates in the Sonoran 4A Division of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The following titles are referenced from the AIA website.
The Foothills Falcon Marching Band is one of the largest in the state, consisting of around 250 students annually. Previous marching shows include West Side Story, The Who, La Fiesta Mexicana, When Worlds Collide (music from Danny Elfman), Adventure Calling and the new upcoming show, A Kaleidoscope of Dreams.
In 2006, the band marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. In the summer of 2008, the band was invited to participate in the pre-Olympic Festivals in Beijing, China, where they performed several times on the Great Wall, in the Forbidden City and other monuments. In the 2009-2010 school year, they participated in the Fiesta Bowl parade and competition, placing 4th out of 7 competing bands in the country. Upcoming trips include California, and possibly Washington D.C. and Australia.
Band Director: Mrs. Renee Shane-Boyd
Assistant Band Director: Mr. Ramon Sepulveda
Assistant Band Director/Percussion Director: Dr. Tina Walton
Colorguard Instructor: Ms. Stephanie Hastings
Percussion Instructor: Emillio Carillo
The band has numerous staff members, including many University of Arizona students.
Outside of marching season, the bands split into several groups and perform as separate ensembles during concert season. The band splits into Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band, while the Drumline and Colorguard continue into a winter auxiliary show. The drumline splits into each of the three bands, according to skill level and schedule. Several groups not affiliated with the marching band are Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir and Steel Drums.
Catalina Foothills also has a fairly extensive and well known theatre program. They perform five or six shows a year involving two all school shows that are auditioned for (one of those being a musical), two (or three) Advanced Theatre Arts shows which are student directed and created, and a summer musical open to all ages. These shows are performed in the little theatre which seats 213 people. All of the classes on the Arts side are taught by Terry Erbe, while the Productions side is taught by Norm Testa and Clint Bryson.
The classes: Beginning Theatrical Arts, Beginning Theatrical Productions, Intermediate Theatrical Arts, Scenic Design, Lights/Sound, Advanced Theatre Arts, and Advanced Theatre Productions.
In years past the school has also hosted a series of student written one-act plays as part of the One-Act Play Festival. All being student written, directed, and acted. Sine 2008 though this has been abandoned so that the school could participate in the International Thespian Society, a theatre competition up in Phoenix, and the Southern Arizona Acting Festival in Tucson. The two years so far have met with unfortunate technical disqualifications. Former shows include: Look Homeward Angel, All in the Timing, Cyrano De Bergerac, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Uninvited, Beauty and the Beast, Rimers of Eldritch, Little Shop of Horrors (twice), Into the Woods, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, A Few Good Men, Lend Me a Tenor, Metamorphosis, The Odyssey, The Rivals, The Revenger's Comedies, Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, High School Musical, Smokie Joe's Cafe, and many more.
There are four choirs at the high school: Falconaires, a mixed entry level choir; Women's Choir, an audition women's choir; Concert Chorale, an audition choir with mixed voices; and Change of Pace, an audition, mixed jazz choir. Women's Choir and Concert Chorale have both received scores of superior at the Regional Choir Festival. Concert Chorale, Change of Pace, and Women's Choir seniors went during Rodeo Break in 2008 on a tour, ending up in San Francisco. In January 2008, Concert Chorale, Change of Pace, and Women's Choir seniors went to New York to sing the Mozart Requiem at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Christopher Jackson. Concert Chorale is to sing the Schubert Mass in G in 2010, under the direction of Mr. Anthony Bernarducci.
Prior to the establishment of Catalina Foothills, district students attended high school in Tucson Unified School District, and primarily Amphitheater Public Schools. The establishment of Catalina Foothills was postponed several decades due to the ability of district students to attend high school in neighboring school districts.
As the population grew in the Catalina Foothills area, a large core of Catalina Foothills students attended Amphitheater High School in North Tucson, as the closer Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley was virtually closed to out-of-district students. The need for a high school in the Catalina Foothills School District became apparent.
Construction began in 1991 on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) site centrally located in the district. The Catalina Foothills School Board had acquired the site in the late 1970s. The school opened to the ninth grade in 1992 when classes met at a district middle school. In 1993 campus was opened to ninth and tenth graders, and the first graduating class of Foothills High walked in late spring 1996.
The Catalina Foothills School District was also involved in 1993 Supreme Court decision entitled Zobrest vs. Catalina Foothills School District. In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the district must pay for an interpreter for a deaf child wishing to attend a private Catholic school. The vote was a 5-4 decision.
Located in one of the Tucson area's most affluent communities, Foothills students are regarded as a highly economically privileged population. Parents of Foothills students often locate to the community specifically so their children can attend the school.