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Dobson High School

1501 W Guadalupe, Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 472-3000

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 3000 students 20 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade


Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
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About this school

Dobson High School is a public high school in Mesa. 3,000 students attend Dobson High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 5% of the Dobson High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 41% of the 3,000 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Dobson High School is 20:1. Evit - Dobson High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 50% 52%
Native American or Native Alaskan 4% %
Asian 4% 2%
Hispanic 34% 37%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 3% 4%
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 48%
Limited English proficiency 5% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Dobson is the best school there is ! DHS does not only wear blue we were dobson blue t he home color teachers are great everyone should go here ! There girls soccer program is amazing and so is every other sport gooooo mustangs

  • (10 months ago)

    Dobson is a great highschool to go to everyone is friendly teachers are good at helping I used to go to dobson a year ago & will be soon transfering back one of the best schools in arizona that ive been too. Staff is ok .

  • (11 months ago)

    After seeing the recent reviews I'm glad to see it's not just my family having issues with Dobson. My daughter has always been a B-C student but this year (9th grade) her grades have slipped and she has come home frustrated saying the teacher don't teach the subject. I called several teachers and only received 1 call back and she was very rude on the phone because I was taking up her time. I tried calling the counselor several times left messages no call back. I called her asst principle and left several messages no call back. Very frustrating.. I'll look for other options next year...

  • (11 months ago)

    Dobson is horrible. This was my son's first year and the teachers are very rude and the principals seem to find ways to suspend or send home your kids. My son was sent home because he was 'not working' when he was sick at school. Crazy! We transferred to Chandler High and have had NO issues - I would recommend going there on open enrollment instead.. Dobson has serious issues and the 'new' principal doesn't seem to have a backbone to stop it.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been attending Dobson since my freshman year I am a senior now. The reason I only get Dobson two stars is because most of their staff is rude irresponsible and immature. More than a few of my teachers would talk about being friends with students on social networking sites. There were many occasions where favoritism was shown. The front office staff is not only rude to me and other students but to parents also. One of my former teachers was under investigation for inappropriate behavior towards a peer of mine. The reason I did give two stars is because Dobson has a great band choir and orchestra. I am on the Dobson yearbook committee and I personally loved the experience of being able to be a part of it. I met new people through yearbook I went to plenty of athletic events I learned more than most people at Dobson did.

  • (1 year ago)

    Not a very good school. Teachers are very disorganized and the office staff seem to dig for reasons to send kids home and suspend them. I moved my kids to a charter school where they are now very successful.

  • (2 years ago)

    my children went to mesa schools worst experience of my life and thiers.One of my kids graduated dobson high but not before the band teacher tore apart her dream.The rest of the band students were sleeping with each other and had thier own little click.The material the band teacher had them playing was boring and so far behind what my kid was doing in jr. high it wasnt funny I tried talking to him about the issues and he kicks my kid out of band and broke her heart.I dispise mesa schools worst in the country.I can say they left lasting memories and nothing good.If you dont want your kid tramatized or you want a decent education for your child take them somewhere else.

  • (2 years ago)

    The overall rating is deceiving because of comments from past years and people should focus on more recent ratings and comments. I would not recommend this school. The administration at this school (particularly the Principal) and at the Mesa District do not listen and try to cover things up rather than fix problems. My student and I experienced disrespectful treatment and inappropriate behavior and a very defensive response to concerns that I raised. My student hated school and felt like a failure but has been excelling since we changed to a different school district. The new district listens to parents and students and has a better academic program.

  • (2 years ago)

    Lots of issues- counselors are unavailable Witness a principal putting a student down in front of a parent and insulting the parent allowing male security gaurds to touch and pat down female students teachers rude and don't care in helping your child pass and graduate. My children came to a point where they just didnt even care. When tried ask questions or file a complaint was ignored.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has too many students for any of the staff to really care and is very unorganized. The school is also very strict and have a "i dont care what you say your in trouble no matter what" attitude. As a student at the school i highly recommend NOT attending this school. The budget cuts have just turned this once a great school into a below average school. Classes are overcrowded with a 30-35 students to 1 teacher ratio lines at lunch are a usual 15-30 minute wait with very limited inside seating areas which is no fun in the 100degree and above weather. Sports are not exceptional here except for swim track and cross country. On a high note the school exceeds in Speech and Debate and band. So ignore all the ratings from years ago because this school is not what it used to be.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have one child who just graduated last year another graduating this year and another in 9th grade. We have all been happy with Dobson. It's not perfect but my children have had opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities and have had teachers who were interested in their progress. I do recommend Dobson no school is perfect but our family has been very happy with the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Decent school but if your child is an athlete please do not go there. The athletic program is ignored and is not managed very well. In my opinion a student must be well rounded. Academics is a must but they also must have a high intensity release. my child has a full ride to one of the most respected engineering schools in the U.S. When they were a senior at Dobson they were lucky to have a decent athletic program for them to have a serious release of tension. The lack of attention to a well balanced experience for the students does not exist at Dobson. Mt. View h.s. will continue to rule Mesa because they make sure that subpar athletic directors survive while delivering zero.....

  • (3 years ago)

    DHS is an amazing school! Especially if you want to be a part of the performing arts and excellerated classes! They teachers work very hard and they stay strong with all the budget cuts and most are always willing to set up a help. This year we added ninth grade so campus is a bit crowded but not extremely crowded. It is as crowded as any average high school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child graduated last year and now my 9th grader is there. WAY TOO OVERCROWDED!!! Don't send your child here! My cousin moved here & is sending his child to Chandler (he just lives a mi from Dobson) because of the HUGE CLASSROOM SIZES. ALSO VERY STRICT. My daughter decided to walk home; she cut through the church lot & Dobson security made her feel like a criminal-took her name yelled at her etc. She came home crying. I spoke to a police officer and he said he would have cut through the lot too. They rarely even get to eat lunch as the lines are too long! If they are lucky enough to get lunch they have 5 min left to eat it and have to go outside in 100 degree hear because the cafeteria is packed! When they added 9th graders this year they made offices into classrooms!! Some classes were standing room only. The teachers and staff dont return calls until the 2nd or even 3rd time. Teachers rarely available after school to help students. I could go on and on...

  • (3 years ago)

    Unresponsive administration poor communication overcrowded campus and substandard. I would not recommend this school to people.

  • (3 years ago)

    my son is special education. just started dobson he got confused and didn't go to his last class. he mistaked his 5th hr class for his 6th hr class. witch he started school on a friday. on monday they gave him in school suppention. staff does not understand learning disablities. punishment to harsh for an honest misunderstanding. asistant principle needs more education about childre with disablities.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school itself is alright. Kids are fairly descent but the school is really outdated and the campus is slowly withering away. The football team is an absolute joke GO COACH JACOBSON! No really please go away coach. On average all their sports teams tend to be mediocre at best. Band and speech/debate are the actual strength here. Staff for the greater part is caring but tensions are running high as the school district is falling apart from the top down. The last three years we have seen enrollment drop an average of 2300 kids each year which puts the district in dire financial turmoil. If ya got a choice send your kids to Tempe they're more stable.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great extracurricular activities and clubs - like Speech and Debate Language clubs Dance. Their Band and Orchestra groups are awesome.

  • (4 years ago)

    Dobon High School takes a student wanting to excel and to do their best and gives them oppertunities that anyone could just stumble upon. I have been apart of Dobson's performing arts which are among the finest anyone could ask for. After joining clubs that involve the mentally disabled classes i know that the teachers there are superb and doing the best they can. Also the honors CP AA AP etc. classes are designed to prepare students for what they will be facing as they are in the years that will shape the rest of their life. Dobson as well has a good selection of languages that are offered to the students all of which are a good stepping stone to a college. Dobson is a great school that has an excellent number of good aspects.

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended this school 10 years ago and it set me up for my full ride scholarship to Northern Arizona University! Dobson gave me the foundation to pursue my dream career.

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