March 31 parade to celebrate Salt River High School champions

The Salt River High School basketball state champions (submitted photo)

The parade celebrating the Salt River High School state champions will be March 31. (submitted photo)

The Salt River High School lady eagles girls basketball team won its third state championship in seven years on Feb. 24.

The team finished its season with 22 wins and 1 loss, its best record in school history. Four other programs at Salt River High school have also earned distinction and recognition in the March 31st Victory Parade.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will celebrate its many student victories at Salt River High School by hosting a community parade that will travel to its tribal headquarters at the Two Waters Complex on Osborn. The Parade route begins at 4:15 p.m. from the Salt River High School south athletic Parking lot and will end at Tribal Council chambers at 4:55 p.m. for group recognition.

Other honorees include the Salt River High School state championship junior varsity girls basketball team, a robotics team that participated in the Arizona state championships, a high school student council organization that was recently recognized as an Arizona student council of distinction by the Arizona Association of Student Councils as well as a wrestling team that posted a number of state-placing wrestlers, including its first ever heavyweight high school state champion.

 “The championships are more than just sports and activities,” stated Jon Gentile, principal of Salt River High School, in a press release. “This is an example of an intentional school culture we are building together.”

Salt River Schools serves approximately 900 students. Salt River Schools is a Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community entity which owns and operates four separate schools including the Early Childhood Education Center, Salt River Elementary School, Salt River High School, and the Accelerated Learning Academy. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is a sovereign tribe with two distinct backgrounds and cultures, the Community is comprised of two Native American tribes: the Pima, “Akimel O’Odham” (River People) and the Maricopa, “Xalychidom Piipaash” (People who live toward the water).

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