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Ironwood Ridge High School
Established 2001
Type Public secondary (U.S.)
Principal Michael Bejarano
Students 1,865
Grades 9–12
Location 2475 West Naranja Drive,
Oro Valley, Arizona, USA 85742
Oversight Amphitheater Public Schools
Campus Suburban, 88.76 acres (359,198.98 m²)
Colors Navy blue & silver
Mascot Nighthawk
Newspaper The Iron Quill
Website [1]

Ironwood Ridge High School is a public high school, located in Oro Valley, Arizona. Ironwood Ridge is one of three high schools in the Amphitheater Public School District in Tucson, Arizona and serves grades 9-12. The school mascot is the nighthawk, and the school colors are navy blue and silver. Ironwood Ridge opened in 2001 and has a student enrollment of 1,820. The school's name originates from the abundance of Desert Ironwood trees in the area (the campus is also near Ironwood Forest National Monument), and the school's location in the rugged foothills of the Tortolita Mountains. Educational institutions are often categorised along several dimensions. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974, is a suburban town situated six miles north of Tucson, Arizona, USA in Pima County. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... Amphitheater Public Schools, also known as Amphi or District 10, is the second largest public school district in Tucson, Arizona in terms of enrollment. ... The Universitätscampus Wien, Austria ( details) Campus (plural: campuses) is derived from the (identical) Latin word for field or open space. English gets the words camp and campus from this origin. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Navy blue is an especially dark shade of the color blue. ... Silver is the metallic shade of the color gray closest to that of polished silver. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Genera Nyctiprogne Podager Lurocalis Chordeiles Nighthawks are birds of the nightjar family in the New World subfamily Chordeilinae. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974, is a suburban town situated six miles north of Tucson, Arizona, USA in Pima County. ... Amphitheater Public Schools, also known as Amphi or District 10, is the second largest public school district in Tucson, Arizona in terms of enrollment. ... Tucson (pronounced , Spanish: Tucsón ) is the seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, located 118 miles (188 km) southeast of Phoenix and 60 miles (98 km) north of the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Genera Nyctiprogne Podager Lurocalis Chordeiles Nighthawks are birds of the nightjar family in the New World subfamily Chordeilinae. ... Navy blue is an especially dark shade of the color blue. ... Silver is the metallic shade of the color gray closest to that of polished silver. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Ironwood National Monument is located in the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Foothills are geographically defined as gradual increases in hilly areas at the base of a mountain range. ... The Tortolita Mountains are a mountain range in the northern suburbs of Tucson, Arizona. ...


In 2007, Newsweek Magazine rated Ironwood Ridge in the top 5% of public schools in the U.S., one of 12 schools in Arizona included on the list, along with Canyon del Oro High School. [1] Ironwood Ridge supports an athletic department that includes the Nighthawk Vanguard Marching Band. The school's primary and district rival is Canyon del Oro High School, also located in Oro Valley. The school's other rival is Cienega High School located southeast of Tucson in Vail. The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... The term public school has two contrary meanings: In England, one of a small number of prestigious historic schools open to the public which normally charge fees and are financed by bodies other than the state, commonly as private charitable trusts; here the word public is used much as in... Canyon del Oro High School Canyon del Oro High School (CDO) is a public high school, located in Oro Valley, Arizona. ... Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974, is a suburban town situated six miles north of Tucson, Arizona, USA in Pima County. ... Cienega High School (also known as CHS)is a public high school in Vail, Arizona, located approximately 5 miles Southeast of Tucson. ... Vail is a census-designated place located in Pima County, Arizona. ...

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History

The history of Ironwood Ridge includes substantial controversy and a federal court decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2000. The Amphi School District's first high school was built in 1939, followed by Canyon del Oro High School in 1962. The school board then began searching for a third high school site in the late 1970s when it became apparent that significant development would occur on the Northwest Side of Tucson. Tentative deals were negotiated with developers, but in the late 1980s, all of the deals were unsuccessful, and the school district lacked a viable site for a future high school.[2] Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Species See text. ... The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the following United States district courts: District of Alaska District of Arizona Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California District of Guam District of Hawaii District of Idaho District of Montana... Canyon del Oro High School Canyon del Oro High School (CDO) is a public high school, located in Oro Valley, Arizona. ... Tucson (pronounced , Spanish: Tucsón ) is the seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, located 118 miles (188 km) southeast of Phoenix and 60 miles (98 km) north of the U.S.-Mexico border. ...


By 1993, overcrowding existed at a growing number of district schools, at all grade levels, in part due to the growth on the Northwest Side. At the time, the most critical crowding was in the elementary school grade levels. The school board noted that the overcrowding problem would eventually affect the district's high schools by the late 1990s. In 1993, the school board systematically searched for school sites on the Northwest Side where the majority of growth in the district was occurring. By early 1994, sites were narrowed, and in April 1994, the school board purchased two sites adjacent to one another on the southeast corner of West Naranja Drive and North Shannon Road, at that time west of Oro Valley.[3] Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974, is a suburban town situated six miles north of Tucson, Arizona, USA in Pima County. ...


By 1994, the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl had been identified as a "species of special concern" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). A FWS report on the owl was published in 1994 with a map depicting the areas believed to be prime potential habitats for the owl. The two school sites were not identified as being located in those areas. The school district planned to break ground in October 1997, with the high school opening by August 1999.[4] Species See text. ... The USFWS logo The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is a unit of the United States Department of the Interior that is dedicated to managing and preserving wildlife. ...


In spring 1997, all the plans and blueprints for the school were completed, and the district had obtained all the required permits for construction, with the exception of one. The school site had a significant wash running through it and the Army Corps of Engineers contended that building on such a wash constituted modifying a navigable waterway, and required a 404 permit.[5] United States Army Corps of Engineers logo The United States Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE, is made up of some 34,600 military men and women. ...


As the school district applied for the permit, the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl was listed as an "endangered species" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by the FWS in 1997. Within an area in Arizona designated by the FWS as critical habitat of the pygmy owl included the 90 acres owned by the school district. Sixty acres were earmarked for construction of the high school, with the remaining 30 acres to remain undeveloped.[6] This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


At the request of the school board, the Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted six surveys on the site and did not find pygmy owls on the property or on the adjacent land where the owls last were sighted in early 1996. The school board then began a process with the FWS to mitigate disturbance of the potential owl habitat on the site. Negotiations with the FWS were ultimately unsuccessful, and the school district proceeded with developing the school site.[7]


When the school district began construction operations on the 60-acre parcel, Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders), an environmental group, brought an action for injunctive relief under Section 9 of the ESA (applicable to private parties) in the U.S. District Court of Arizona, alleging that the proposed school construction was likely to harm or harass pygmy owls that used or inhabited the site. Defenders obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) to halt the construction.[8] The United States District Court for the District of Arizona is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is comprised of the state of Arizona. ...


The Arizona District Court found that no pygmy owl had been detected anywhere within the school site, and that the evidence was insufficient to show that a pygmy owl had used any portion of the 60-acre parcel. The court also concluded that while the evidence supported an inference that a pygmy owl used the 30-acre parcel, the allegation that the construction would harm the owl lacked such support, and was weakened by inconsistent facts. As to harassment of the pygmy owl, the court determined that the evidence did not show that the bird's behavioral patterns would be adversely affected by construction of the school. In the court's view, only speculation supporting the assertion that human activity associated with the school would harass the owl. [9]


Defenders of Wildlife appealed the District Court decision, and the case proceeded to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court held that the school district could not be prevented from building a school on the site. The court asserted that critical habitat designation played no role in the case. At the time of appeal, FWS had not yet made a critical habitat designation for the pygmy owl. The Ninth Circuit found that the insufficiency of Defenders' evidence was the main issue, and any critical habitat designation would not have altered the outcome of the case.[10] The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the following United States district courts: District of Alaska District of Arizona Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California District of Guam District of Hawaii District of Idaho District of Montana...


The school district began construction of the high school following the decision in early 2000, and Ironwood Ridge opened for students in fall 2001, eliminating the overcrowding issue at Canyon del Oro High School.


Feeder schools

The feeder schools for Ironwood Ridge High School consist of Richard B. Wilson K-8 School and Coronado K-8 school. Richard B. Wilson K-8 School is a K-8 school in the Amphitheater School District located in Oro Valley, a suburb of Tucson, Arizona. ...


Rivals

Ironwood's major rival is nearby Canyon del Oro High School. In 2006, Ironwood beat CDO in the last regular season football game, 14-7, to claim the 4A Sonoran District championship.[11]


Athletics

In 2006 the Ironwood Ridge football team won a share of the Sonoran Region championship, and the Amphitheater District Championship.[citation needed] The school currently competes in the 5A Division I athletic conference. Led by head coach Gary Minor, the Ironwood Ridge football team has also made the 4A playoffs four years in a row, and recorded their first playoff win in 2006 against Canyon del Oro. They are now competing in 5A, and will go back to 4A in approximately two years. In 2007, Ironwood Ridge won the 5A-2 Southern title in their first year in the divison.


The Ironwood Ridge men's basketball team has also experienced recent success. The Nighthawks reached the 2007 Arizona 4A Division I state title game, where Ironwood Ridge was beaten by Glendale Apollo High School 61-48. The state runner-up team featured 8 seniors and was led by coach Karl Pieroway. Coach Pieroway won the 2007 Men's Basketball Coach of the Year award from both the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen. This year, the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks lost a decent player in-the-making in Trent Anderson, but added the 6'11 player from Mountain View High School, Austin Smith. Smith is being recruited by DI schools such as Nevada, Arizona, Louisville, and San Diego State. The Arizona Daily Star is a daily newspaper that serves Tucson, Arizona, and southern Arizona. ... The Tucson Citizen is a daily newspaper in Tucson, Arizona. ...


On November 3rd, 2007 the girls cross country team took the 5A-2 state title, the first team state title in the short history of Ironwood Ridge.


Ironwood Ridge is also the only US high school that offers Taekwondo for credit.[citation needed] The class is taught by Mark Pawley, a certified fifth degree black belt instructor. Swimming is looking good this year and on the way to winning states. Taekwondo (also, Tae Kwon Do, Taekwon-Do, or Tae Kwon-Do) is a martial art and combat sport originating in Korea. ...


Nighthawk Vanguard

The Nighthawk Vanguard is the official marching band of Ironwood Ridge High School. Under the direction of Mark L. Hodge, the director of bands and orchestras at Ironwood Ridge High School, the band performs at all home varsity football games and various away football games, as well as participating in various regional invitationals and the Arizona State Marching Festival, hosted by ABODA. The Nighthawk Vanguard has participated in various national events, including the Blue Diamond Walnut Bowl in San Francisco, CA, and the Holiday Bowl parade, both nationally televised on ESPN. The Nighthawk Vanguard also hosts a festival known as March the Ridge. They have received a Superior with Distinction at State marching band competitions in 2005 and 2006. An American college marching band on the field (Kansas State University) A marching band is a group of instrumental musicians who generally perform outdoors, and who incorporate movement â€“ usually some type of marching and other movements  â€“ with their musical performance. ... ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ...


At the end of the 2007 season, the Nighthawk Vanguard is expected to attend the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. The Toyota Gator Bowl is an annual college football bowl game that is played at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. ... “Jacksonville” redirects here. ...


March the Ridge

March the Ridge is a competitive Marching Band event hosted by the Nighthawk Vanguard.


In 2006, March the Ridge hosted 11 bands including Cienega High School, Amphitheater High School, and Canyon del Oro High School. Ironwood Ridge received a rating of Superior in 2006. Cienega High School (also known as CHS)is a public high school in Vail, Arizona, located approximately 5 miles Southeast of Tucson. ... Amphitheater High School, also known as Amphi High, is a public high school, located in Tucson, Arizona. ... Canyon del Oro High School Canyon del Oro High School (CDO) is a public high school, located in Oro Valley, Arizona. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.explorernews.com/article/show/19118
  2. ^ http://udallcenter.arizona.edu/programs/enrp/publications/pygmyowl/owldigest.pdf
  3. ^ http://udallcenter.arizona.edu/programs/enrp/publications/pygmyowl/owldigest.pdf
  4. ^ http://udallcenter.arizona.edu/programs/enrp/publications/pygmyowl/owldigest.pdf
  5. ^ http://udallcenter.arizona.edu/programs/enrp/publications/pygmyowl/owldigest.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ca9/newopinions.nsf/ea50059bc5df2783882569520074e699/37bf94637ae9b39388256e5a007076b3?OpenDocument
  7. ^ http://udallcenter.arizona.edu/programs/enrp/publications/pygmyowl/owldigest.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ca9/newopinions.nsf/ea50059bc5df2783882569520074e699/37bf94637ae9b39388256e5a007076b3?OpenDocument
  9. ^ http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ca9/newopinions.nsf/ea50059bc5df2783882569520074e699/37bf94637ae9b39388256e5a007076b3?OpenDocument
  10. ^ http://www.elawreview.org/summaries/natural_resources/endangered_species_act/defenders_of_wildlife_v_bernal.html
  11. ^ http://www.maxpreps.com/FanPages/Team.mxp/Arizona/Boys_Varsity_Football_Fall_06-07/AreaID-1d347305-8b34-458d-a2c2-48361fc96266/SchoolID-861b4170-0c9b-4498-8bfb-bf055f3170b3

External links


High Schools of Amphitheater Public Schools
Amphitheater High School
Canyon del Oro High School
Ironwood Ridge High School


Amphitheater High School, also known as Amphi High, is a public high school, located in Tucson, Arizona. ... Canyon del Oro High School Canyon del Oro High School (CDO) is a public high school, located in Oro Valley, Arizona. ...

High Schools in Oro Valley, Arizona, USA
Canyon del Oro High School
• Immaculate Heart High School
Ironwood Ridge High School
Pusch Ridge Christian Academy

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Ironwood Ridge High School - Tucson, Arizona/AZ - Public School Profile (618 words)
Ironwood Ridge High School is a public high school, located in Oro Valley, Arizona.
Ironwood Ridge is one of three high schools in Amphitheater Public Schools of Tucson, Arizona, and serves grades 9-12.
The school's name originates from the abundance of Desert Ironwood trees in the area (the campus is also near Ironwood Forest National Monument), and the school's location in the rugged foothills of the Tortolita Mountains.
Ironwood Ridge High School - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (393 words)
Ironwood Ridge is one of three high schools in Amphitheater Public Schools of Tucson, Arizona, and serves grades 9-12.
The school mascot is the nighthawks, and the school colors are navy blue and silver.
The school's name originates from the abundance of Desert Ironwood trees in the area (the campus is also near Ironwood Forest National Monument), and the school's location in the rugged foothills of the Tortolita Mountains.
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