Ranch Volunteer Recognition
Boy Smiling
Group of students
Elsworth Elem
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students with teacher
Ranch Staff Recognition
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bus with students
3 students
Board Meeting
Baseball Team

Vision Statement
Mission Statement

About J.O. Combs Unified School District

Our district includes seven schools:

Our district's geographical area covers 68 square miles, bounded by Pecos Road to the north, Moeur/Meridian Road to the west, Hash Knife Draw Road to the south, and extending east to Florence Junction.

Our faculty and staff are committed to providing our students with an excellent education including special programs:

  • Gifted
  • Special Education
  • English Language Learners
  • Art
  • Music
  • Athletics
  • and many others

Our History...Our Growth

It was in 1949 that area residents began the steps necessary to form a local school district. By 1954, the community children attended school in two barracks that had been purchased from Osborn School District and situated on what was to become the first J.O. Combs Unified School site.

J.O. and Mamie Combs generously donated 5.42 acres of land and the district was subsequently named after Mr. Combs. However, the school was still a part of the Apache Junction School District and didn't become the J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 until 1958. Our first Governing Board Members were Mr. J.O. Combs, Mr. Walter P. Gantzel, and Mr. Jack Schnepf.

Over the next four decades, we continued to grow and evolve: