Mingus Union
High School District #4

Principal’s Message

Purposeful, Engaging, and Respectful: Ingredients for Academic Achievement for All

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Future Mingus Graduates, Parents, and Patrons:

Welcome to Mingus Union High School (MUHS)! Our mission is for each and every young adult to learn, grow, and develop as lifelong learners and to graduate as competent productive community members. Our mission is to provide academic excellence within a warm and supportive school climate. We have been recognized as an A+ School of Excellence, by the Arizona Educational Foundation and U.S. News and World Reports in their annual ranking of America’s best high schools for three years running. This types of recognition reflect the persistence and dedication of our exceptionally talented teachers and support staff.

Mingus staff strive to provide every student the opportunities and experiences they need to be successful. Students attending Mingus have multiple learning opportunities including advanced placement (AP) courses, dual enrollment courses (DE), and career and technical education (CTE). In addition, we provide award winning fine arts, athletics, and activities.

MUHS cultivates a family atmosphere and strives to demonstrate fair and consistent personalized educational opportunities for all of our diverse and uniquely talented students and staff. We want every parent, guardian, family member and/or community member to feel that “their” student is receiving a world class and relevant learning experience. We encourage all stakeholders to visit our school and to attend the many sports, fine arts, and leadership opportunities we provide.

At Mingus Union High School, we believe our students must be prepared to enter the workforce or a post- secondary education institution without remediation. Thus, we provide them a firm foundation of knowledge; relevant experiences with technology; college and careers exploration, application of collaborative skills that allow for self- directed and collaborative situations; and the ability to think critically when faced with challenging scenarios. We believe that by building on our students’ strengths and holding them to clearly stated high expectations our innovative and progressive district can deliver this high-quality education. Highly committed quality staff, innovative programs, community support and commitment to student success clearly demonstrates how a small rural Arizona district can provide a high quality education despite limited State funding.

In order to meet our mission, goals, and outcomes, we rely on strong parental and community support. This support enhances the quality of our education system. We hope you will visit our school often. Please come visit with us, join our different booster clubs, site council, and volunteer your time and energy. We know that your involvement, combined with the efforts of our outstanding faculty, will make this school year a rich and rewarding year for our students.


Dr. Penny Hargrove

Dr. Penny Hargrove
Mingus Union High School District, Superintendent Mingus Union High School, Principal