Yuma

Welcome to the SkoolLive Network Gila Ridge High School!

We are pleased to announce that Gila Ridge High School, located in Yuma, Arizona is now part of the SkoolLive Nationwide Network!  Gila Ridge is one of the high schools in the Yuma Union High School District.  The school opened to freshman and sophomores for the 2007/08 school year. The school mascot is the Hawks. The school is located on 24th St, which is home to many other schools in the Yuma County District, including Desert Mesa Elementary, Mary A. Otondo Elementary, and Castle Dome Middle School. Gila Ridge is also located west of Arizona Western College.
In May 2010, Gila Ridge High School held its first graduation of students who had started at Gila Ridge as sophomores.  In May 2011, the school’s four-year graduating students became known as the first “100% Hawk” class. Gila Ridge High School also won the City Football Championship title in 2014. The Hawks took the title from the Cibola Raiders who had held the title for the past seven years straight.  Welcome Hawks!

The newest addition to the SkoolLive Network has deep roots in Arizona

Yuma High School, located in Arizona, has a long and colorful history.  The School opened three years before Arizona became a state. In 1909, the Arizona Territory taxpayers voted to organize a union district and in September of that year, Yuma High School began with four teachers in three rooms.  At the end of the first year, twelve seniors graduated.  The next year, 1910, saw the school move to the newly abandoned Yuma Territorial Prison. For the next three years, the prison was to be the home of Yuma High School. Teachers conducted classes in the cellblock area and the school held assemblies in what had been the prison hospital.

City officials notified the school in 1912 that they needed the Prison as a city jail. The school board proposed and successfully carried through a bond election to build a new school. Thus, in 1913, school began in the newly constructed facility on Main Street.  That same year, the Yuma football team traveled to Phoenix to play the “Coyotes”. Yuma High won. The angry “Coyotes” dubbed the Yuma High players the “Criminals”.  At first “Criminals” was a fighting word. Before long, students and teachers wore the name with pride, and in 1917, the school board officially adopted the nickname. Yuma High School has been proudly called the home of the “Criminals” ever since.

Today Yuma High School and the Criminals join the expanding SkoolLive Nationwide Network.  We are excited about our partnership with Yuma High School and memorializing this day on Yuma’s historical timeline.