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DJ Spetz, Principal

Welcome to Desert Ridge High School, Home of the Jaguars! My name is DJ Spetz and I am proud to be Principal of Desert Ridge. Desert Ridge has a great tradition of providing excellent education, athletics, and extracurricular activities for ALL students. The mission of Desert Ridge is to foster responsible and productive citizens by promoting academic excellence and inspiring an attitude of inquiry and enthusiasm for lifelong learning while meeting the ever-changing needs of our diverse population.

Desert Ridge has an outstanding staff that embraces this mission and is excited to work with the students, families, and community to ensure our students have the necessary skills to be successful after graduation. Our staff challenges students academically to encourage them to achieve their goals and find their path for after graduation. We look forward to building relationships with our students and families to ensure that ALL students have a positive high school experience.


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        Wednesday Early Release: 7:30am–1:20pm

        Half Days: 7:30am–11:20am

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