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Tombstone High School

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Posted August 1, 2014

This school is a good school if you are not the best student. If you are struggling in school and need easy classes, tombstone is for you. If you are a smart kid, who is interested in taking Honors/Advanced Placement classes, Tombstone is not for you. The school's math department only teaches until Pre-Calculus, which makes some kids not able to graduate, unless they do Dual-Enrollment at Cochise College. The school also splits Algebra 1 into two classes, which will equal two credits, because of the 4x4 block scheduling. The result in splitting up the math classes mean that the student will only learn material up to Algebra 2. The only honors class here at tombstone is English, and not even for your freshman year. For your senior year you would take English 101/102 here at the school, and that is the only Dual-Enrollment class you can take at the school. I mean let's face it, CTE's won't count towards a basic college degree. I went here for 1 1/2 years before I moved. I loved Tombstone for the people, but then I hated it for the education quality. The teachers are hit or miss. I would say going to tombstone did not prepare me for college.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 10, 2014

Here's the thing. Forget the bad contents on here. We have 2 sons that have attended this school for 4 years now, and they have done excellent. They are seniors now. One who is ADHD finished in December short being an A student. His brother doesn't like school but he still passing. They will walk the stage in May. Despite what the negative comments are, or songs did well, played sports; football, basketball, and track. One going college and the other in the Air Force. The streets didn't get them and they are very smart and happy. Teachers, principal, and participation is great. We always have been able to talk with the school Anytime about out kids. Teachers either emailed, called or texted. Sorry to leave you but it their last year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 17, 2013

OK, third review. The first two were censored. That tells me that 1) The truth hurts, and 2) The PR on this site is important to them. There are a couple odd things about this school--I can't give details or this review will be deleted. Bottom line, very nice facilities. Good support staff. Mostly good teachers. A couple of real freaks masquerading as teachers. A solid Assistant Principal. And a Principal who presents a good image, but once you get past the facade, you see an unbelievably unprofessional egomaniac prone to childish antics. There. That should be understated and diplomatic enough that they can't have it removed. We'll see. :-)
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 6, 2012

This school does not give money for gas, but does provide transportation from Ft. Huachuca. It's a good school. The teachers and staff truly do care about helping their students. The education quality is great. I wish more could be done about disruptive students, but that seems to be a problem in many schools. I don't hear any complaints about criminal behavior from this school. I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 27, 2011

I live in the greater Tombstone school district, both of my children graduated from Tombstone High School. I have taught there.The administration of the high school strives for and reaches a level of excellance that is rarely seen in schools.The principal is a man of impeccable moral character, personally and professionally. He holds his staff to such standards too. The principal is an excellent and strong leader. He,as well as the school board, actively and successfully provide a safe learning environment where students can exceed their own potential, while also being good stewards of the funds they have been entrusted with. At Tombstone High School it IS all about the kids!

Posted November 9, 2008

I am a senior, currently enrolled at Tombstone High School. Never have I loved school as much as I do here. We may not have the best scores, the greatest teams, or the nicest teachers, but we have something a lot of schools don't...Heart, Tombstone has much more heart than any other high school out there. I will be proud to say that I Graduated from THS. =D
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 20, 2008

I am a teacher at Tombstone High School and chose to send my own child to school here. I am glad to see a couple of students have posted some positive comments. Most classes did get brand new textbooks this year, and many include online tools and access to bring us into the 21st century. Having grass on the football field means that sports teams can practice here at the school and don't have to be bused to other locations, which is a significant savings with diesel close to $5/gallon. This district cares about its students - from the superintendent down to the classroom teachers. And the administration sets a tone of 'we're all in it together' for the benefit of the students. The district does struggle financially, as most do, but we have not cut any programs - in fact, we are adding new ones: culinary arts, music, etc.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 15, 2008

This is a great school to be in, or so i think. There are not many people that go there so every one knows every one. I'm a student that attends tombstone and all the teachers (even the ones i dont have there class) know who i am. Also for those parents that think we have enough classes we have band, home ech, cabnet making any many more
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 18, 2008

Tombstone High School overall is a great place to recieve a one on one learning experience because there are not that many students that attend this high school. So far, my three years attending this school have been pretty good! In my opinion this school is in trouble finantially and needs a great deal of help. There are many things/ actions that are being done wrong as far as money is concerned. As a student, I do not understand why it is so important to spend so much money on a football field when there is a great need for NEW text books for the students. I also dont understand why so many after school programs are being cut to 'save money' that the school is wasting anyways! To me, better educating students should be more important than trying to water dead grass. NO OFFENSE.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 7, 2008

Tombstone High is a great school for my children. The staff is excellent, and Mr. Devere is a great principal. The school values acedemics, tradition, respect, and pride.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 27, 2007

I worry about the financial decisions the school has made. There is not enough staff and some of the coaches abilities seem to be lacking and there is favortism displayed. Extracurricular activities are supposed to challenge the children and involve the parents when they can participate. I have difficulty finding out when my child will be out of town for a game and rarely get calls returned from the school or the district. Schools talk about lack of participation but it is difficult when they do not make you feel welcome.

Posted November 26, 2007

They need more activities for the kids. Art, home ecs., band, and theater. For the most part the kids act they have been forgotten.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 14, 2007

Tombstone HS has been a great experience for my entire family. My daughter, Ashlee, has prospered at Tombstone High School. After being a military kid and moving 7 times before she was a 9th grader, Tombstone has become home. The School Board needs to do a better job of allocating funds for both education and extracurricular activities. Students at Tombstone should not have to make a choice between the school that most of them love and activities. Tombstone's teachers in general have been great for my child. We have only had one problem class in 4 years (commercial art). Ms. E, Mr. Cox and Mrs. Lewis are great teachers that really do care and I appreciate them. Also, I appreciate Mr. Devere, Mr. Bunnell and Mr. Hopkins. They ensure no child is left behind. Jeff Baker
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 6, 2006

I think that Tombstone High School is an exceptional place to live out your high school years. The staff has a very good one-on-one relationship with all of the students. If you are having any troubles, whether they are school or home related, you can confide in the staff members. The sports also are excellent. They are very competitive within the state. Tombstone is the place to spend the best years of your life.-SH
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 24, 2006

Since the transition between fourth-fifth grade I have not been in the same school for more than a year. I am entering my junior year and as of yet, I have attended four different high schools. Tombstone was the best school I have gone to overrall, including six middle schools. The small student population as well as the personal touch from the teachers was exceptional. Of course, as with every school, there were some bad points but not nearly as much as Buena. Sports are excellent, but not necessarily by scores. They are fun to participate in and it is unbeknown to me that Tombstone has an only-win uptight attitude. It is a great school to call your own. I deeply hold a disappointment in my parents for making another move three hours away from a school I truly loved for once.-JTM
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 11, 2004

Tombstone High school is a small community where No children get left behind. Every teacher takes the responsibility to see that all children are educated. As far as the high school goes, students choose Tombstone over neighboring schools because of our extracurricular activities. We are in a state of concern because our school board doesn't feel the need to fund sports activites.
—Submitted by a former student

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The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 42%
Hispanic 24% 43%
Black 6% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1211 N. Yellowjacket Way
Tombstone, AZ 85638
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