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CDO Accomplishments



Dorado Pride - The mission of Canyon del Oro High School is to provide diverse educational opportunities that empower students to become innovative, knowledgeable, and compassionate members of humanity. Program options range from special education and general courses to advanced, accelerated, honors, AP and IB courses.  Additionally, CDO offers a full complement of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, Fine Arts, Modern Languages, Athletics, and  Clubs for our students.  We are proud of our opportunities to allow students to be career or college bound after high school.

2017 America’s Most Challenging High Schools rated by The Washington Post
2016, 2015, 2013, & 2012 U.S. News & World Report recognized CDO on their "Best High Schools"  
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2011 Arizona Academic Decathlon State Champions
2017 Academic Decathlon National Finals 4th place in Division 1 and 5th place overall
2016 Odyssey of the Mind Sophomore Team set a record for most Rantra Fusca Awards in one tournament
2016 Odyssey of the Mind Senior Team won the State Tournament and qualified for the World Tournament 2016 Dr. Carolyn Zeiher was named Circle-K Teacher of the Year
2013, 2012, and 2011 Newsweek Magazine rated CDO in the top 5% of public high schools
2013 and 2012 The Washington Post recognized  CDO in "The High School Challenge"
The CDO Preschool is the first Career and Technical Education (CTE) preschool to receive a five-star rating statewide.
2012 CDO became an International Baccalaureate World School 

Career & Technical Education

2017 Arizona Finalists in US Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education   

2017 “Adventures in Nature” photo contest 2nd place and honorable mention   

2017 Future Health Professionals State Competition Bronze Medal   

2017 Skills USA Automotive Competition: Power Equipment Technology contest Silver Medal and Bronze Medal and a combined $8,000 in scholarships    

2017 Skills USA: Masonry – Gold and Bronze; Plumbing – Silver; Basic Architectural Drafting – Gold, Silver, and, Bronze   

2017 FCCLA competition:

  • Advocacy – Two golds and Silver
  • Career Investigation – 1st place at state and Gold plus GCU scholarship, 2nd place at state and Gold, and Silver    
  • Entrepreneurship – 1st place at state and Gold plus Johnson and Wales Scholarship    
  • Illustrated Talk – Bronze    Job Interview – Silver    
  • Teach and Train – 3rd place winner and 3 Golds   
  • Literacy Connection – Story Stretching – 1st place at state and Gold    
  • Art of Storytelling – 1st place at state and Gold   
  • Top 10 finalist in the state for cupcake decorating  
  • Top 5 finalist in the state for salad preparation    

2016 HOSA Medical Assistance State Championship    

2016 Skills USA – First Place State Architecture and Drafting    

Fine Arts

2017 Four fine arts scholarships awarded

2016 Five fine arts scholarships awarded   

2017 CDO Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Mr. Toru Tagawa  

2017 Band earned a Superior with Distinction at Disney Band Festival   
2017 Five students All-State Band

2017 Thirteen students Regional Band

2017 Three students Regional Orchestra
2017  Three Superior ratings Regional Solo and Ensemble Band Festival  

2017  One Excellent rating Regional Solo and Ensemble Band Festival  

CDO hosts annual Band Spectacular for numerous marching bands around the state

2017 Southern Arizona Festival of Theatre - Superior for Solo Musical and Superior for Monologues 

2016 SAFTI – Superior in One Act Play – 4 students earned Superior ratings


2017 Gatorade Arizona Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year

2017 Twenty-one sports scholarships awarded 

2017 Fourteen sports scholarships awarded 


Recent State Championships: 

  • 2017 4A Girls Softball  
  • 2017 High Jump  
  • 2017 Discus  
  • 2015 Division II Baseball 
  • 2015 Cross Country and Track 
  • 2015 Individual Boys Golf 
  • 2012 & 2011, Division II Boys Golf 
  • 2012, Division II Boys Cross-Country 
  • 2012 & 2011, 4A-1 and Division II Girls Softball 

Recent State Runner-Up: 

  • 2017 Boys Track and Field 
  • 2017 Individual Boys Golf   
  • 2017 Track and Field Shot Put  
  • 2016 Track and Field High Jump  
  • 2015 & 2013, Division II Boys Golf 
  • 2014, Division II Softball  
  • 2012 & 2011, Boys and Girls Track and Field  

Class of 2017


Canyon del Oro High School 2017 graduates are among the best and brightest in the nation. They have been accepted to 140 different colleges, universities, military and vocational schools all across the country. Approximately 84% of this year’s class has chosen to continue their education beyond high school. 46% will be continuing at a four-year institution and 38% will be continuing at a 2-year institution.  

Scholarships Received: 1 year total            4 year total 

Grand Total:                        $ 2,719,966.00      $10,471,058.00 

Scholarship highlights for the Class of 2017 include:  6 National Merit Commended students,  1 United States Naval Academy appointment,  1 Baird Scholar,  2 QuestBridge Scholarship Finalists,  21 Athletic Scholarships,  6 Rotary Scholarships,  2 Elks Most Valuable Students Awards,  4 Fine Arts Scholarships  

In addition, we have 21 students electing to enter the military after graduation.  

About our students and staff

  • Our school is comprised of 1,620 students, 83 certified teachers, four counselors, four administrators and various support staff. 
  • Approximately 29% of our students are open enrolled from other schools. 
  • 12.4% of CDO students qualify for Special Education Services and 12.4% are eligible for Gifted/Reach Services.
  • CDO has approximately 26% of students receiving free and reduced lunch. 
  • Ethnic breakdown of students: Asian 4 %, Black 3 %, Caucasian 56 %, Hispanic 35 %,  and Native American 2 %

Programs and Accreditations