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King of Arizona

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The name of Yuma’s Kofa High School has an interesting evolution. The school, which has an enrollment of nearly 2,200 students in ninth through 12th grades, shares its name with the Kofa Mountains. The mountains were named after the rich King of Arizona gold mine, discovered in King Valley in 1896 and active 1897 to 1910.

The mine used to stamp its property “K of A” and became commonly known as the Kofa Mine, the largest gold producer in the Lower Colorado Basin. In keeping with the theme of the nearby landmark, the school’s nickname is the Kings.

– Scott Hanson, “Who Is Gym?

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