Empire High School

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Empire High School

"Soaring with distinction"

Empire provides students with the tools and structures to be college-ready through challenging curriculums and a variety of educational opportunities.

  • Smaller student body enables a more personal educational experience and school culture is influenced by peer to peer development programs (Link Crew, Peer Mentors, S.W.A.T.)
  • Award winning science and theatre programs
  • Wide variety of Advanced Placement classes with 71% of students earning a 3 or higher on AP exams

Vail Scholar Programs:

The Vail School District offers specific supports for families that have students who are high achieving and academically motivated.  Each school has a program that is slightly different; however the focus of each of these programs is to prepare students for admittance into highly selective universities and/or programs within universities.  Learn more about Empire's scholar program by clicking here.

Apply here to become a Vail Scholar!

Donaldson, Matt

Matt Donaldson


Matt Donaldson began his career in education 20 years ago with the opening of Desert Sky Middle School. Three years later he was selected as the assistant principal to help open a new high school with a new idea, fully integrating technology into the world of education by providing every student with a laptop at Empire High School. The one-to-one experiment was such a success that it was broadened to everyone of the high schools. Matt has now been the principal at Empire High School for the last 13 years. In 2013, Matt Donaldson was named a 40 Under 40 Honoree by the Arizona Daily Star, and he has helped to earn Empire High School three consecutive A+ School of Excellence Awards, as well as other top recognitions for academic excellence.

10701 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way

Tucson, AZ 85747


Enrollment: 825-875 students

Learn more about Empire:

Extra Offerings

  • 3D Animation
  • Computer Science
  • Education Professions
  • Engineering
  • Photography
  • Photo Documentary
  • Sports Medicine
  • Technical Theater
  • TV/Film
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Choir
  • Football - Fall
  • Cheer - Fall
  • Cross Country - Fall
  • Girl's Volleyball - Fall
  • Basketball - Winter
  • Soccer - Winter
  • Wrestling - Winter
  • Cheer - Winter
  • Track & Field - Spring
  • Baseball - Spring
  • Softball - Spring
  • Golf - Spring

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