History of Maryvale High School
In 1960 a bond initiative was approved for $16 million, the largest ever for Phoenix Union.Three-fourths of the funds were dedicated to building three new high schools.
Construction on Maryvale began on August 14,1961, using the same design as Alhambra created by architect Frederick P. Weaver, which had just finished construction. John J. Dickmann was the contractor on the 56-acre campus, and the school was built for $3.5 million.
Maryvale High School began fall semester 1962 as a guest on the Carl Hayden campus. The school moved to the new campus on Feb. 4, 1963, with 1,812 freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Seniors stayed behind at Carl Hayden. The first year there were four administrators, 66 teachers, and 12 classified personnel. Maryvale's first principal was Louis E. Burnett. The formal dedication ceremony was held on campus May 5, 1963, with Phoenix Mayor Sam Mardian giving the featured address.
The next fall, September 5, 1963, was the first day of classes with all four grades, and Maryvale was filled to its 2,500 student capacity.
School symbol: Panther
School colors: Black and gold
Louis Barnett, 1962-1972
David Goodson, 1972-1979
George Miller, 1979-1981
Wellesley Goodwin, 1981-1987
George Mannon, 1987-1991
Rene Diaz, 1991-1993
Linda Goins, 1993-1994
James Sandoval, 1994-1999
Barbara Dobbs, 1999-2003
Phillip Verdugo, 2003-2015
Manuel Silvas, 2015-2018
Shakira Simmon, 2018-2020
John Doherty, 2020 - Present
Panther Fight Song
Go Panthers! Fight for victory all the way!
And we do our best so our team will win!
We have the spirit that will show you we're from
And when things look black we'll charge right back again!
So guard the black and gold of Maryvale,
And to her name may your aim be true!
Go Panthers! GRR-HISS-BOOM-F-I-G-H-T
Fight! Yes, fight for MARYVALE!