McClintock High School

McClintock High School
Type Public
Established 1964
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School district Tempe Union High School District
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Mascot Charlie the Charger
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Information (480)839-4222

McClintock High School is located in Tempe, Arizona, approximately two miles southeast of the campus of Arizona State University. McClintock High School was established in 1964. McClintock moved to the Arizona 4A Conference beginning with the 2001-02 school year. The athletic facilities have been recently renovated.

McClintock has approximately 1,800 students and offers a wide variety of curriculum, which includes honors, advanced placement, dual credit, and the Peggy Payne Academy for gifted students. McClintock has state recognized ESL and Special Education programs as well and is also an open enrollment campus.

The fine arts department continues to be successful. The band, orchestra, choir, and drama departments all receive honors on an annual basis.


Peggy Payne Academy

The Peggy Payne Academy for Academic Excellence, or PPA, is a program for gifted students at McClintock. Founded in 2001 with 44 students, the program now serves over 140 students in all major academic subjects.

The Payne Academy exists as a "school-within-a-school" administered by its director. Students enjoy advanced classes in their strong academic subjects while taking advantage of McClintock's electives and other courses.


Currently, Nathan Johnston (Band), Katie Gerrich (Choir), and Doreen Press (Orchestra) make up the music faculty. All three directors strive to bring excellence to the MHS music community. The Band, Choir, and Orchestra continue to receive honors on an annual basis.

Tour Destinations:
10-11 Band & Orchestra: Boston, MA
10-11 Choir: New York, NY
09-10 Band, Choir & Orchestra: San Diego, CA
08-09 Band & Orchestra: Washington D.C. - Inaugural Festival and MLK Parade
08-09 Choir: San Francisco, CA
07-08 Band & Orchestra: Los Angeles, CA
07-08 Choir: San Diego, CA
06-07 Choir: Chicago, IL


McClintock High School opened its doors in 1964 and began playing varsity football that fall. They fielded a winning team in their first season. Their 7-2 record that year earned them an "independent" state championship title, since the school had not yet been assigned to a state division. McClintock also did not originally have its own stadium. Like Tempe High, the team played its home games at Goodwin Stadium until its own lighted stadium was completed.

Coach Karl Kiefer guided the Chargers from their first year in 1965 through the 1989 season. Under his leadership, McClintock became known as a football powerhouse. Year after year, the Chargers proved to be one of the best high school teams in Arizona, with only one losing season and three state championships. For the students and fans, the most important game was always the annual match between McClintock and Tempe. In 1985, the Chargers' main rivals became Mountain View and Westwood High Schools in Mesa. Now their main rival is Tempe High.

The Chargers' first state title came in 1977, when the team went undefeated and captured the championship with a 14-9 playoff victory over Phoenix's Washington High School (Arizona). Three years later, the Chargers posted a 12-2 record and won their second title by defeating Phoenix's Trevor Browne High School in the 1980 championship game. Their third state title in 1989 capped a 13-2 season that ended with a 42-14 playoff victory over Mesa's Westwood High.

Notable alumni


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