Taylorsville High School

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Taylorsville High School is a public high school established in 1981 by Eli Gonzales, located in Taylorsville, Utah, United States. The principal is Mrs. Emily Liddell;[1] the mascot is the Wilbur the Warrior. The current enrollment is nearly 1,800 and represents many different ethnic groups. Taylorsville High is one of eight high schools in Granite School District.[2]

Taylorsville High is located in the central part of the Salt Lake Valley and was built in 1981 to serve the growing population of the Taylorsville area. School boundaries are roughly Jordan River to 3100 West and 4100 South to 6600 South (excluding the area between 4500 S and 4700 S and approximately Jordan River and 950 W); as of the 2017-18 school year, 1,762 students are enrolled at Taylorsville High School.

Taylorsville has immense pride in its history and continues to strive to improve, grow, and excel academically. Taylorsville has successful programs for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), JROTC and Latinos in Action, along with large AP program.

Taylorsville High School
5225 S. Redwood Road


United States
Coordinates40°39′20″N 111°56′12″W / 40.65556°N 111.93667°W / 40.65556; -111.93667Coordinates: 40°39′20″N 111°56′12″W / 40.65556°N 111.93667°W / 40.65556; -111.93667
School districtGranite School District
SuperintendentMartin Bates
PrincipalEmily Liddell
EnrollmentApprox. 1,700 (2017–18)
Color(s)Royal blue, gold, and white
MascotWilbur the Warrior


Current Administration[4][edit]

  • Mrs. Emily Liddell- Principal
    • Emily Liddell assumed the position of principal on March 5, 2018 after Dr. Garrett Muse was appointed Director of High School Accountability for the Granite School District.[5]
  • Mr. Jami Hutchins- Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Jordan Kjar- Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Brian Murray- Assistant Principal

Past Principals[6][edit]

  • Dr. A Earl Catumull 1981-1986
  • K. Wendall Sullivan 1986-1988
  • Michael B. Cannon 1988-1993
  • Dr. David Gourley 1993-2003
  • Jerry Haslam- 2003-2010
  • Dr. Garett Muse- 2010-2018


Taylorsville High offers nineteen different Advanced Placement courses along with several Honors courses in core subjects. Advanced Placement courses are created by the College Board and offer college-level material and exams to high school students. Students may receive course credit at colleges and universities across the country, if they earn a high score on the exam.[1]

Taylorsville also offers Concurrent Enrollment (CE) classes, these are college-level classes which are offered to juniors and seniors, in which students can earn both high school and college credit at the same time. Concurrent Enrollment classes are taught by Taylorsville faculty who have been approved by Salt Lake Community College or Utah Valley University as adjunct faculty members. Concurrent enrollment credit can be transferred to most state colleges.

Taylorsville has a large AVID program, and was recently recognized as an AVID Highly Certified Site for 2017–18. AVID is an in-school academic support program that helps prepare students for college, by teaching them skills needed to succeed in college. AVID places academically average students in Honors, CE, and AP classes and then provides support to help the student see success in these more advanced classes; the AVID program continues to have a 100% college acceptance rate, meaning every AVID senior has been accepted into a college or university.[1]

In Jan of 1994, Taylorsville High was approved to offer a JROTC program to students. Taylorsville's JROTC program has earned the Unit of Distinction Award seven out of eight years possible; the program still holds this award and is the only JROTC program in the state that does so. The program teaches students the Army values (Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage), helps students get back on track or stay on track for graduation, and excellent leadership skills to use throughout their life; the original JROTC instructors were Lieutenant Colonel (R) Horton and First Sergeant (R) Heikel, the program is currently under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel (R) Andersen and Sergeant First Class (R) Wilson.[1]

Taylorsville has an established Journalism program and has received national awards for the school newspaper, The Warrior Ledger; the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) has awarded The Warrior Ledger, with top honors, three years in a row.

Career and Technical Student Organizations[edit]

The school's reputation for legacy has been demonstrated in competitions in organizations such as FBLA, DECA, FCCLA and SkillsUSA. In a recently region competition, the FBLA club came in fifth place overall, the region covers three counties; Taylorsville had a region champion in the Public Speaking competition..


Taylorsville currently competes as a member of Region III at the 6A level as part of the Utah High School Activities Association.[7] Region III consists of Copper Hills, Herriman, Riverton, Taylorsville, West Jordan, and East as a football only member. Taylorsville High School will be moving into 6A Region II for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years with Cyprus, Granger, Hunter, Kearns, West Jordan, and West as a football only member; the Athletic Directors are Guy Mackay and Rebecca Elkins.[8] Taylorsville High has won 17 team state championships since 1981, including 10 baseball championships.[9]

State Championships[9][edit]

  • 1984 4A Boys Golf- State Runner Up: 1983, 1993
  • 1988 4A Volleyball
  • 1989 4A Girls Basketball- State Runner Up: 1987, 1988, 2002
  • 1997 5A Softball
  • 1998 5A Wrestling- State Runner Up: 1994
    • 21 Individual State Championships have been earned by Taylorsville wrestlers, most notably:
      • Justin Ruiz (1996, 1997, 1998), had a long and decorated wrestling career that was highlighted by earning a bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships. Justin has continued his wrestling career, as a coach.[10]
      • Kyle Thornock (2002, 2003)
      • Roy Nash (2013, 2014), Named Win Magazine's Wrestler of the Year for the state of Utah in 2013. Roy was the only state champion in the entire state to go undefeated (41-0) during the 2013 season.[11] Roy was also ranked #1 in the country in Greco-Roman style wrestling for his age and weight class.[12]
  • 2000 5A Boys Swimming- State Runner Up: 1995, 1999
  • 2007 5A Softball- State Runner Up: 1996, 2008, 2014

Region Championships[edit]

  • Boys Basketball- 1995, 2002, 2014
  • Girls Basketball- 1988, 1989, 1993, 2002, 2012
  • Boys Cross Country- 1988, 2001, 2004
  • Drill- 1995, 2004
  • Boys Soccer- 1988, 1989, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2014
  • Girls Soccer- 1990, 1992, 2000
  • Boys Track- 1989, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Girls Track- 2002
  • Boys Golf- 1981, 1984, 1993, 1994
  • Football- 1999, 2013
  • Boys Swimming- 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000
  • Boys Tennis- 1999
  • Wrestling- 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003
  • Volleyball- 1984, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Softball- 1992, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Baseball- 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014


Since it opened in 1981, Taylorsville has won ten state championships in baseball, more than any other Utah high school in that time period;[13] the baseball state championships were won in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002. The most successful head coach was Steve Cramblett, who won nine championships and 297 games during his tenure at Taylorsville;[9] the Taylorsville player with the most successful baseball career is John Buck. John played in Major League Baseball for 11 years totaling 1090 games, most notably for the Kansas City Royals.[14] John is still active in the Taylorsville baseball community and participates in the annual alumni game.

Student Government[edit]

The Student Government of Taylorsville High is currently advised by George Curtis and Rebecca Elkins.

The officer corps is made up of seven Student Body Officers and twenty-one Class Officers, elected during April of each year; the theme for the 2018-2019 school year is "Rise". Each year the student government officers lead the student body in a charity fundraiser. For the last two school years, the charity was Millie's Princess Foundation, which is a charity that supports families who are fighting childhood cancer. Through a series of events the Taylorsville community donated over $30,000, in two years, for the foundation, who donated 100% the funds to two local families with a child fighting cancer.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  16. ^ a b Williams, Carter (July 21, 2014). "Taylorsville High School alum John Buck signs with Angels, to join Salt Lake Bees". Deseret News. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  17. ^ Thomas, Sarah (October 13, 2012). "Former U.S. Olympic women's basketball coach Nell Fortner speaks to Coaches Association". Deseret News. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  18. ^ "Utah high schools with NFL Draft picks in last 21 seasons". MaxPreps. June 3, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
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  21. ^ Daly, John (February 9, 2007). ""Child of Light" Still Finding Himself on Center Stage". KSL. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
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