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Mr. Rother

   Welcome to Chandler High School, “School of Champions.”  I’m excited to start my second year as Principal of Chandler High.  Prior to serving as the Principal of Chandler High, I have spent the past five years as a high school principal in the South East Valley and have been an administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels for the past eight years.  I began my education career in Upstate New York and taught American History and Government, while also being active in high school athletics and student council.  I received my Bachelors Degree in Education from the State University of New York College at Cortland and my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the New York State University at Albany.  I moved to Arizona in 2004 to be closer to family.  I live in the Chandler School District with my wife, Jessica and my two children, Eli 6 and Ava 3. 

   I am active in numerous professional organizations and currently serve in various leadership roles.  My professional affiliations include the following:  National Association of Secondary School Principals, Arizona School Administrators Inc. and Superintendent Huppenthal’s Principal Advisory Committee.  I am currently serving as a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principal Board of Directors and was selected as the 2014 Met Life/NASSP Secondary School Principal of the Year for Arizona.

   I’m truly honored to lead Chandler High School with such rich history and a tradition of excellence.  Since 1914, Chandler High has been a leader in the state of Arizona, and across the nation, for its students’ achievements in Academics, Athletics, Arts and Career and Technical Education Programs.  We are recognized as one of nation’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report and one of the most challenging high schools by the Washington Post.  Chandler High is also home to Arizona’s oldest International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and one of only three schools in the state to offer a four year IB Program.  A few of Chandler High’s recent accolades include:

2013 Received an “A” Grade from the Arizona Department of Education

·         2010 Received the “A+ School of Excellence Award” by the Arizona Education Foundation - our eleventh consecutive award

·         2014 Senior Class was awarded over $31,000,000 in scholarships

·         2014 International Baccalaureate students were awarded over $5,000,000 in scholarships and 27 earned an IB Diploma

·         Since 2011, Chandler High School is home to five State Champion Teams, Girls Track (3), Boys Track and Wrestling

·         2014 Individual State Champions in Swimming, Wrestling, Girls Track, FFA and DECA.

   This year is also particularly special in that Chandler High is celebrating its 100th year as the cornerstone of education in our community. I’m confident that our 100th year will be one of the best in school history.  The community of Chandler High is strong and I look forward to continuing the partnership between faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and the community as we build on the tradition of excellence at Chandler High School. This is the “School of Champions,” we are the Wolves!


Mr. Rother can be reached at or by phone at 480-812-7707