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Coronado High School in El Pasomarker, Texasmarker is located on the west side of El Paso near the intersection of North Mesa Street and Resler Drive. It serves the southern part of west El Paso: east of Interstate 10, from the vicinity of Executive Center Boulevard north approximately three miles to around Coronado Arroyo, a normally dry stream bed running west down from the Franklin Mountains just north of Escondido Drive; and the portion of the Upper Valley (the part of El Paso County beside the Rio Grande west of Interstate 10) which lies south of Country Club Road. Most of the Coronado attendance zone is zoned to Morehead Middle School for grades six to eight. The elementary schools in the Coronado feeder pattern include Green, Johnson, Putnam, Rivera, Western Hills and White (often called Zach White, for its namesake, prominent 19th-century El Paso business and civic leader Zachariah "Zach" White). The Upper Valley portion of the Coronado attendance area is zoned to Zach White Elementary and Lincoln Middle School, except for the Buena Vista neighborhood around Interstate 10 and West Paisano Drive, which is zoned to Johnson Elementary and Morehead Middle School. Green (named for local doctor and school board member Leighton Green and often called Dr. Green Elementary), Johnson, Putnam, Rivera and Western Hills elementary schools all graduate into Morehead Middle School.

Coronado High is named for Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, whose expeditions in what is now the southwestern United States took him through what is now El Paso.


Coronado High's mascot, inspired by a natural silhouette on its' Franklin Mountain backdrop, is the Thunderbird, shortened to T-Bird, and its' slogan is "The Pride of the West Side." Coronado's school colors are blue and gold. The school has a strong rivalry with the Franklin High School Cougars. 2007 marked the first time in seven years in which the Coronado Thunderbirds defeated the Franklin Cougars 21-20 for the Westside Bowl trophy.


The mission of Coronado High School is to advance the academic, artistic, emotional, physical, and social education of every student in order to develop productive citizens.

Coronado High School has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme since 2000. Students who are accepted into the program take a series of examinations at the end of a four-year curriculum.


Coronado has four main buildings labeled as A, B, C, and D Building. Along with these buildings, Coronado has a new Fine Arts building, the Ross Capshaw Auditorium (named after the orchestra and band directors' father), the Quarles Thunderbird Stadium, Baseball and Softball fields, Tennis courts, Cafeteria, Agricultural Building, and Big Gym (Which received a renovation in the fall of 2009) and the Small Gym. To the south of the Small Gym lie approximately 19 portables that also provide classes. The administrative office is located in A building just beyond the main entrance to the school.

There is another building currently refered to as 'E' building that is expected to be completed by December 2009.


The Thunderbird Marching Band and Symphonic Ensembles are one of only ten high school bands in the world to have received both the Sudler Flag of Honor (For Consistent High Excellence in Concert events) and the Sudler Shield (For Consistent High Excellence in Marching events)- the two most prestigious honors bestowed upon a high school band ensemble. The other 9 Bands who have received them are from: Marian Catholic High School, Sumter High School, L.D. Bell High School, Duncanville High School, Lassiter High School, Westfield High School, Owasso High School, North Hardin High School, and Langham Creek High School.

The Coronado High School Marching Band has won the "Grand Champion" ranking (out of the 32 different bands from Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado) at the New Mexico Tournament of Bands competition for the past five years (the year before having not attended TOB), and holds the most wins in the history of the 30+ year competition. .

The Coronado High School band has also competed numerous times at the Texas UIL State Marching Contest, nationally at many Bands of America regional and super-regional marching contests, and internationally at various concert events. Some of the visited sites the band has gone to include Moscow, Hawaii, Dallas, Toronto, San Antonio, Houston, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and New York City. The band is directed by Kenneth Capshaw, Mark Saenz, and Carl (Sancho) Ortega.

The Coronado Jazz Bands boast consistent division one ratings at local and state Jazz Clinics and Contests, with the top Jazz Band (directed by Kenneth Capshaw) winning 1st place at the Hanks Jazz contest numerous times- including this past year.

The Coronado Wind Ensemble is the only high school wind ensemble in El Paso and West Texas to ever advance to state as a 5a Texas Honor Band.


The Coronado High School Orchestra is nationally ranked. In 1988, 1998, 2002 and 2007, the Coronado symphony orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Coronado Orchestra has traveled to various locations around the world to perform, including Italy, Japan, England, Mexico, Austria, Czech Republic and more. The Coronado Orchestra has also been selected Honor Orchestra by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) three times and has also performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic twice. The Coronado Orchestra won first place in 1984 and second and third place in 2000 at the very prestigious Youth and Music Festival in Vienna. The group is currently directed by Ida Steadman. She is a Texas String Teacher of the Year winner, TODA Director of the Year for 1997.


Coronado has a wide range of athletic teams. Swimming, Baseball, Football, Tennis, Golf, Track and Field, Cross Country, Softball, Basketball, Wrestling, and Soccer to name a few. The T-Birds were District Champions for football for the first time since 1994 in the 2006-2007 school year, also defeating a team from the Midland/Odessa area for the first time ever after defeating Midland High 39-23. In 2008, the T-Birds advanced to the Bi-District Playoffs where they defeated Amarillo to be named the bi-district champions for the first time since 1994.

Notable alumni


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  3. Rocky Coppinger. Major League Baseball. Retrieved on 2008-04-10.
  4. 1993 Draft -- June Regular Phase. Major League Baseball. Retrieved on 2008-04-10.
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