Recent posts for Pinnacle High School

Welcome Desert Ridge Principals (10/4/2016) - Explorer Middle School Kyle Shappee 602-449-4200 Kyle Shappee will be the new principal at Explorer Middle School. He was previously the principal at Copper Canyon Elementary School. Mr. Shappee joined the PVSchools family in 1994 and has held the following positions: teacher on assignment/Title I coordinator, assistant principal and teacher. He earned his Bachelor […]
Horizon, Pinnacle Ranked Top in Nation (6/27/2016) - Contributed by: PV Schools Both Horizon High School and Pinnacle High School have made the U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best High School list and The Washington Post Most Challenging High School list. Pinnacle High School U.S. News & World Report – ranked No. 18 in Arizona and No. 1531 nationally. Silver Medal Award […]
Youth Town Hall Meeting (2/23/2016) - Parents & Students are invited to attend: Youth Town Hall Meeting on Healthy Teen Dating February 24, 2016 6 to 8 p.m. Pinnacle High School 3535 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix AZ 85050 Featuring free dinner & raffle prizes! In an effort to bring awareness to dating violence, the youth town hall will provide presentations focusing […]
Pinnacle High School Basketball Season Begins (10/28/2015) - By Charles Wilde Pinnacle High School Basketball Coach The 2015-16 basketball season will be an exciting one. We have 2 returning starters and 3 veterans who came off the bench that were very productive. Three year veterans AJ Elliot amd Nik Mains will be leading the way.  AJ has committed to Point Loma University and […]
Freshman QB Rattler Impresses in Heavyweight Debut (10/28/2015) - By Eric Sorenson Sports360 AZ It’s safe to assume Spencer Rattler slept well following his debut game. The Pinnacle High School freshman quarterback most certainly had a week to remember. Recently named the varsity starter the six-foot, 160-pounder was shouldered with the task of not only replacing the greatest player in school history, Michigan […]
Pinnacle High School Wrestling (8/25/2015) - By Wendy Levey Why Wrestle? Wrestling is a unique sport that anyone can compete in regardless of size, shape or speed. You are part of a team but once you step out on that mat,  it is just you and the opponent.  It is one of the best sports to enhance your overall fitness level […]
Explorer Middle School Students Reflect on their Future (6/19/2015) - Students from Explorer Middle School were asked to share their feelings about going to high school. A Different Perspective……. What high school are you going to? If I stay in the United States I will go to Pinnacle High School. What is exciting about high school? The exciting thing about high school is that it […]
2015 Youth Of The Year Annual Fundraiser Raises Over $500,000 (6/19/2015) - Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Scottsdale Announces 2015 Youth Of The Year Annual Fundraiser Raises Over $500,000 for the Local Non-Profit Diane Roberts Senior Vice President of Development & Marketing Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is pleased to announce Allison Mertz, a junior at Pinnacle […]
Comedy Night – Benefit (8/11/2014) - COMEDY NIGHT Looking for something different that the whole family can enjoy together? Then COMEDY NIGHT is the event you are looking for! This family friendly stand-up comedy event will be fun for all ages, featuring nationally known comedians Bob Kubota, from Last Comic Standing, and Bryan Ricci, winner of the AZ Laugh Off. Saturday […]
Pinnacle Girls Lacrosse Club (8/7/2014) - Making Championships Happen By Nancy Harley On Friday, May 9, the atmosphere at Grand Canyon University was electric. The Pinnacle Girls Lacrosse Club varsity team was returning to the Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association state championship game as reigning champions and three time state title holders (2009, 2012, 2013). The 2014 season had finally come down […]
Paradise Valley Unified School District Celebrate Centennial Year (5/29/2014) - Paradise Valley Unified School District Celebrates Centennial Year By Marty Macurak As we enjoy the modern developments and conveniences that comprise Desert Ridge, it is easy to believe that everything here is as young as the neighborhoods in which we live. Yet, you may be surprised to learn that the public school district serving Desert […]
BMB Public Open House (4/22/2014) - The Community is invited to the open house on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pinnacle High School Cafeteria located at 3535 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050. See attached flyer for map and additional information. BMB Public Open House 050114 We encourage you to visit the project websites […]
Self-contained Gifted Program in Desert Ridge School (2/28/2014) - PV Schools is expanding its popular self-contained gifted program in the Desert Ridge area By Marty A. Macurak PV School District Desert Trails Elementary School, near 40th Street and Pinnacle Peak Road, will feature self-contained classes beginning in August 2014. The self-contained gifted program is designed for high-achieving, highly and profoundly gifted students who are […]
From the Communiations Chair (2/26/2014) - A thriving community, by its nature, must grow.  People want to invest in a thriving community, buy property, build houses, and establish businesses where they know that community growth will provide positive returns.  Desert Ridge is lucky to be one of the top thriving communities in the Valley.  The Communications Committee is always trying to provide […]
PINNACLE CLOTHING DRIVE (2/24/2014) - Dear Pinnacle Community, Please mark your calendar and begin saving your clothing donations for our school-wide clothing drive to support Project Graduation. Please see below for more information regarding our March 19, 2014 clothing drive. Thank you in advance for your continued support of Pinnacle High School! Sincerely, Dr. Bales, Principal   PINNACLE CLOTHING DRIVE […]
Did You Know? (1/13/2014) - Did You Know? The Desert Ridge master-planned community is over 5,700 acres and is anticipated to have a population someday of approximately 50,000 residents.  Creating the master plan and zoning for Desert Ridge took more than 8 years to complete.  The end result is a thoughtfully designed community that ensures long-term value and a high […]
Pinnacle High School Needs Your Vote (9/27/2013) - Your vote makes a big difference to our school. Visit  to vote for our school. This year, Target will give money to schools all over the country for one simple act: a vote. Our school needs just 25 votes to earn a $25 donation from Target.  But that’s only the beginning.  For each additional vote, our school will […]
ExplorerFest 2013 (7/22/2013) - By Jennifer Klaas EMS PTO President 2013 ExplorerFest Chairman   It is hard to believe that the 2013-2014 school year will be starting in just a few days. At Explorer Middle School, students and PTO parents are already hard at work planning our highly anticipated, annual fall festival, ExplorerFest. This year the festival is scheduled […]
Pinnacle Girls Lacrosse: Sticking with it for the Long Haul (7/22/2013) - By Nancy Harley   It was a group that started with a vision….small, but enough to plant a powerful seed—bring the game of girls’ lacrosse to the Pinnacle High School community—a vision essentially formed by one parent to make the game accessible to his daughter. And it has snowballed into a vision and a reality […]
Pinnacle High School: Solid Foundations and a Brighter Future! (7/22/2013) - Dr. Troy Bales Principal Pinnacle High School   During the course of this past school year, the Class of 2013 continued the tradition of Pinnacle excellence with much success all across the campus. Once again, Newsweek magazine and U.S. News & World Report recently published the 2013 Best High Schools rankings. Pinnacle High School continued […]
PV Schools and Desert Ridge (7/22/2013) - Welcome to Paradise! By Marty Macurak Communications Officer Paradise Valley Unified School District   MISSION The mission of the Paradise Valley Unified School District is to cultivate, lead and inspire world-class innovative thinkers and expert communicators through a focus on the relationship between educator and student built around challenging, meaningful and engaging curriculum. VISION The […]
Communications Chair (7/22/2013) - When we’re children, the year clearly begins in the fall, not in January. The length of the year corresponds to the length of the school year, and not the length of the calendar. It is the school year that defines time for us growing up, and indeed, in looking back, I often remember things by […]
A Garden for Pinnacle High School (5/23/2013) - Why a Garden for Pinnacle? Great question. Maybe the question should be, why not a garden for Pinnacle? Gardens are soothing places filled with plants that are islands of serenity. Gardens can also create wonderful learning opportunities for all ages. One visit to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Globe will get you hooked on the […]
From the President (5/22/2013) - The Future of Desert Ridge… Wouldn’t it be great if we could look into the future and know exactly what was going to happen? Imagine how much better our decisions would be, not to mention the improvements to our NCAA basketball brackets. While it would take away some of the fun from the office pool, […]
Meet the Principal (12/14/2012) - Dr. Troy Bales, Pinnacle High School Trekking through mountainous terrain, away from the cellular devices of modern society, Pinnacle High School (PHS) principal Dr. Troy Bales engaged himself in the wilderness around him. He and other members of a Boy Scout troop traveled 85 miles through the peaks of northern New Mexico over the summer […]