Award Year: 2013

Sabino High School

5000 North Bowes Road
Tucson, AZ, 85749-9522

(520) 584-7700

Matt Munger, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Valerie Payne, Current Principal

Tucson Unified School District

School Website


Sabino's students, through an academically rigorous experience, will possess the skills and abilities necessary to successfully compete in an increasingly global society and economy.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 66%
  • Hispanic: 25%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Founded in 1972, Sabino High School is located in a well-established residential community 14 miles northeast of central Tucson. Accredited by AdvancED, Sabino is the only Excelling ‘A’ high school in the Tucson Unified School District that accepts all students. Since 2003, when Arizona instituted an educational rating system, Sabino has received an ‘Excelling’ or ‘A’ rating every year. Serving approximately 1100 students in grades 9-12, Sabino is a comprehensive college prep and career high school with a strong academic curricula. This strong academic focus coupled with outstanding extracurricular programs attracts 55% of our students from outside the established district boundaries.

Sabino’s vision: “Educating to Excel” supports the Sabino mission, which reflects a Global International Studies focus, stating: Sabino High School graduates will possess the skills and abilities that are necessary for global understanding and success in the interconnected environment of the twenty-first century. Our students will recognize and value the idea that a working knowledge of the world is critical for effective leadership and commercial, political, and personal success. In pursuing a rigorous, creative, and innovative interdisciplinary curriculum, Sabino graduates will be prepared for college study and a potential career in an increasingly global age.

On average, Sabino’s students will take 300 – 400 Advanced Placement exams with 60% or more earning a 3 or better on an exam. Graduating cohorts have been awarded $7 - $14 million in scholarships and awards annually and 90% of our graduating seniors will enroll in a two or four-year college after graduation.