Peach Springs opens new high school

With the opening Aug.

17 of Music Mountain Junior/Senior High School, students from Peach Springs no longer need to travel to Kingman or Seligman to complete their secondary education

"It's a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility," Mike File, the superintendent of schools in Mohave County, said.

File said he toured the new school Aug.

18 with Ken Zackerson, director of technology of the Peach Springs School District.

Jack Wade, a veteran administrator who spent six years as principal at Hualapai Elementary School in Kingman before retiring in the spring of 1999, is the principal at Music Mountain.

Music Mountain opened with an enrollment of 134 students in grades 7-12, he said.

There are 70 children in grades 7-8 who attend classes 8:15 a.m.

to 3 p.m., and 64 students in grades 9-12 who attend school 9:15 a.m.

to 4 p.m., he said.

The school can accommodate up to 150 children, he said.

"Classrooms, with the exception of a little bigger science room, were built for 20 students each", Wade said.

"We have six regular classrooms, a science classroom, a home economics and sewing room, and a vocational education room."

Teachers for home economics and vocational education are still being sought.

But the school offers core subjects like math, English, social studies and science, he said.

In addition, students take physical education, part of which is a dance class, plus band and choir, he said.

"We're beginning to organize clubs like student government and our fall sports of cross country and girls volleyball have started," he said.

"We'll offer basketball in the winter, and in the spring hope to have high school softball for girls and baseball for boys."

Sports uniforms have been ordered for fall and winter sports, he said.

Music Mountain is an associate member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association this year and will become a full member of the AIA next year once North Central Association accreditation is received, Wade said.

Sports teams at Music Mountain will play in the 1A region this year with opponents to include Ashfork, Grand Canyon, Seligman, Joseph City, St.

Michael's and Fredonia, he said.