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Tanque Verde High School is a comprehensive public high school located in the suburban community of Tanque Verde northeast of Tucson, Arizona. Tanque Verde is the only high school in the Tanque Verde Unified School District. Tanque Verde was established in 2005 under the Twenty First Century School model designed by Bill Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The school's first graduating class had their commencement May 21, 2008 with 20 students, all receiving various honors and scholarships for college.
The school and community name (Spanish for Green Tank) originates from a prominent and algae-filled stock watering tank in the area in the late 1800s. The school mascot is the Hawk, and the school colors are green, black, and silver.
Tanque Verde is statistically one of the highest academically achieving schools in Arizona. In 2006 the school was academically classified as Excelling by the Arizona Department of Education (top 10 percent in Arizona).
Prior to the establishment of Tanque Verde High School, district students in grades 10-12 attended nearby Sabino High School in the Tucson Unified School District. The establishment of Tanque Verde High School was a considerable controversy in the community. The school district endured a recall election, when the school board split on whether to build a high school on North Catalina Highway. One member, a proponent of the high school, was voted out of office in favor of a replacement candidate who shifted the board majority to opposition of the high school. The proposed site was abandoned. However, the school board ultimately voted to open the high school on the same campus as Emily Gray Junior High School, avoiding the need to acquire a separate high school site.
The curriculum at Tanque Verde has been designed to meet the high academic standards of the community. It also currently boasts the number one high school science teacher in the state: Dr. Zreda.
Tanque Verde presently competes in the Arizona Interscholastic Association 1A South Conference (Arizona Interscholastic Association).
The Tanque Verde School District encompasses 77 square miles (200 km2) on the far northeast side of the Tucson Metropolitan Area.
As the district's only high school, all schools within the district are located within the high school attendance area. Elementary schools include Agua Caliente and Tanque Verde. Emily Gray Junior High School is the only middle school in the Tanque Verde School District. The district-wide enrollment is 1,457 students.