Copper Hills High School: Wikis


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Copper Hills High School
5445 New Bingham Highway
West Jordan, UT 84088

Type Public
Motto "A Full Spectrum of Educational Opportunities"
Established 1995
School district Jordan School District
President Barry L. Newbold
Principal Todd Quarnberg
Grades 10-12
Color(s) Forest Green, Navy Blue
Athletics Football, Basketball, Men’s Soccer, swimming
Mascot Grizzly
Fight Song "Stand and Fight for Copper Hills High"[1]

Copper Hills High School is located in West Jordan, Utah, situated just east of the Oquirrh Mountains in the southwest corner of the Salt Lake Valley near the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine. This modern educational facility opened its doors in the fall of 1995 and currently serves over 2000 students.[2]

The school operates on a rotating A/B block schedule consisting of 84 minute class periods. Copper Hills is the only high school in the district with a late-start schedule. Classes go from 7:55 – 2:25 with teachers available at 7:00 to assist individual students. This modification was created after student surveys revealed that over 80% of students hold after-school jobs.[3]



Jordan School District is currently under the leadership of Superintendent Barry L. Newbold. Newbold was appointed Superintendent of Schools in April 1996.

Jordan School District opened its doors in 1905 with 3,000 students. Today, Jordan School District is the largest of Utah’s 40 school districts. It serves over 80,000 grade K-12 students in 90 schools. Student enrollment continues to grow at a steady pace with enrollments projected to increase 10,000 students by the end of this decade. The District covers approximately 250 square miles (650 km2) in the southern half of Salt Lake County extending from the Wasatch Mountain range on the east to the Oquirrh range on the west. The District's boundaries encompass 10 municipalities and unincorporated areas of southern Salt Lake County. Jordan School District employs about 7,200 faculty and staff, 3,700 being teachers.

The Jordan School District is experiencing lopsided growth, with exceptional growth on the west side, but not near as much on the east. The municipalities of West Jordan, South Jordan, Riverton, Bluffdale, Herriman and Draper are growing dramatically while other areas of the District such as Sandy, Cottonwood Heights and Midvale are experiencing moderate or no growth.

In 2007, the people on the East side of the Jordan School District, voted to split the district into two separate districts, with I-15 being the dividing line,. The West side will keep the name of Jordan School District, and the new East side district shall be called Canyons School District.


Copper Hills offers concurrent enrollment classes at the school via Salt Lake Community College. Students enrolled in such classes must do so at the college campus, which then gives the high school the information provided by the student. Students attend the college-level classes at Copper Hills for either a quarter, semester, or full year (depending on the class). Credit is received based on overall grade performance and, in most cases, a cumulative exam of the information learned in the class. Additionally, Copper Hills offers nation-wide Advanced Placement (AP) classes to its students.

In an effort to improve further educational opportunities at the school, Copper Hills has and will be implementing new programs and procedures. Starting in the 2006-2007 school year, the school required students to take "Partner Adults With Students"(PAWS). PAWS is a mandatory 30 minute class taken every Wednesday. Students discuss concerns/issues with their teachers and teachers further instruct students on a provided topic. Starting in the 2007-2008 school year, Copper Hills will include academies within the school. All students will be required to choose an academy. The school will group students of the same academy to take classes geared toward that particular academy. The five academies will be geared toward either Business and Information technology, Performing arts/crafts, Industry/Mathematics and Science, English/Social studies, or Athletics.

Copper Hills offers clubs and extracurricular activities for its students. Such include: American Sign Language, Cheerleading, Chess Club Dance, DECA/FBLA, Drama, Future Farmers of America, French Club, Chasms literary magazine, Yearbook, FCCLA, Social Ballroom Dance, Student Government, Band, National Honors Society, Newspaper, Skills USA/VICA, Spanish Club, Technology Student Association, and Science Club.


Test scores

American College Test (ACT) The ACT includes testing in the areas of Math, Science, Reading and English. Scale scores range from 1 (low) to 36 (high) for each of the four tests and for the Composite. The Composite score is the average of the four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number.

School Year 2004-2005 2003-2004 2002-2003 2001-2002 2000-2001
School Composite 21.7 21.3 21.1 21.4 21.4
District Composite 22.0 22.0 21.8 21.8 21.8
Utah Composite 21.5 21.5 21.3 21.4 21.4
National Composite 20.9 20.9 20.8 20.8 21.0
Data is from Jordan School District Website

Advanced Placement Test (AP) Advanced Placement classes are college-level classes offered at the high school campus. Advanced Placement is a national program administered by the College Board. Many colleges and universities around the nation award credit based on scores from the AP Exams.

School Year 2004-2005 2003-2004 2002-2003 2001-2002 2000-2001
School % Passing 72 69 69 69 72
District % Passing 70.9 75.2 70.8 70.0 70.3
State % Passing 65.5 68.1 67.2 69.0 66.1
National % Passing 59.6 61.6 61.7 63.0 61.6
Data is from Jordan School District Website

Orchestra program

The Orchestra has achieved many state titles since 2002.

In the 2006-2007 school year, the Chamber Orchestra attended a tour of San Diego, California, playing Handel's Concerto Grosso 1 as well as Paul Hindemith's Acht Stuke. They achieved superior ratings at the Utah State level competition for orchestras held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.[citation needed]

Band program

The band program began in the summer of 1995 under the tutelage of Manuel Bueno[citation needed] (he served as band director from 1995-2000). Within the band program there were several ensembles: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Color Guard, Pep Band, and Percussion Ensemble.[citation needed] Additionally there was the Band Council (a leadership group) and occasionally various smaller ensembles were formed (primarily for the purpose of Solo and Ensemble Festival).[citation needed]

In 1998, while on tour in Las Vegas, NV, both the Symphonic Band and the Jazz Band took first place in a national competition (additionally, at that same festival the Copper Hills High School Band took first place overall).[citation needed] The Band is currently under the direction of Jon Simpson.

Student Government

The Copper Hills Student Government is currently advised by Dennis Randall, the former mayor of West Jordan City, and Charlotte VanWagenen. There are eight Student Body Officers, and twelve Class Officers who are all elected during the early weeks of April each year.

Accapella and Madrigal Choirs

The choir program at Copper Hills High is currently conducted my Gail Richardson.


Region Championships
  • 1998 Boys Basketball
  • 2005 Girls Cross Country
  • 2006 Girls Cross Country
  • 2009 Boys Soccer
State Championships
  • 2000, Boys Basketball (5A)[4]

Dance controversy

In 2004, the school adopted a "policy requiring same-sex couples to get parental permission before attending school dances."[5] This prompted a complaint from the ACLU on December 7, 2004. Two weeks later, the school revoked the policy.[6]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ CHHS Drumline website. Retrieved on June 18, 2007
  2. ^ "Copper Hills High". Jordan School District Website. Retrieved on 18 June 2007
  3. ^ "Copper Hills High". Jordan School District. 
  4. ^ "Boys Basketball Champions". Accessed 25 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Letter to Copper Hills High School Regarding Its School Dances Policy". Accessed June 25, 2007.
  6. ^ "Copper Hills High School Revokes Discriminatory Dance Policy". Accessed 25 June 2007.
  7. ^ "Utah Hall of Fame". Retrieved on June 17, 2007
  8. ^ "Fear Factor Episode 327". Accessed 25 June 2007.
  9. ^ "Kelly Chapman". 
  10. ^ "The Band: Matt". Retrieved on June 17, 2007
  11. ^ "The Band: Gentry". Retrieved on June 17, 2007

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