PHOENIX — Maricopa Unified School District celebrated the opening of its second high school in the area on Tuesday, officials said.
“The groundbreaking marks the completion of the first phase of what will eventually be a state-of-the-art 125,000 square foot school spread over 80 acres,” MUSD Superintendent Tracey Lopeman said in a press release.
The first phase of the opening of Desert Sunrise High School includes a two-story classroom building, administration building, soccer field, parking lot, gymnasium, and music building.
The school, located on Murphy and Farrell roads, is large enough to accommodate 1,300 students, with 600 freshmen and sophomores currently enrolled, Lopeman said.
The school colors are navy blue, gray and gold, while its mascot is the Golden Hawks.
“The mascot and colors were chosen to embody the school’s intent, values and culture, and the logo symbolizes the promise of the sunrise and the majestic importance of mountain views in the region,” Lopeman said.
Officials also announced that Marlene Armstrong, a longtime administrator and teacher, will serve as the school’s principal.
Shortly after school officials celebrated the completion of phase one, phase two began.
The next phase of construction is expected to be completed by July 1, 2023 and will include additional sports facilities, a performance stage and a common student building.
A third phase of construction has been planned without a timetable and depends on the availability of more substantial funding.
“Phase three could bring even more arts, career and technical education classes to campus,” Lopeman said.
“A competition gymnasium complex will also be added, as will tennis courts, an additional baseball and softball field and grandstand seating.”