Arvada West High School

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Arvada West High School
11595 Allendale Drive
Arvada, Colorado, 80004
Coordinates 39°48′35″N 105°07′34″W / 39.8097088°N 105.1260966°W / 39.8097088; -105.1260966Coordinates: 39°48′35″N 105°07′34″W / 39.8097088°N 105.1260966°W / 39.8097088; -105.1260966[1]
Opened 1963
School district Jefferson County Public Schools
Principal Current Principle: Robert C. Bishop
Staff Over 50
Teaching staff 80.2 (FTE) (as of 2006-07)[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,684 (as of 2006-07)[2]
Average class size 25-30
Student to teacher ratio 21.0 (as of 2006-07)[2]
Campus size 23 acres (93,000 m2)
Campus type suburban
Color(s) Purple and White
Slogan Excellence is our expectation
Athletics CHSAA 5A
Athletics conference Jefferson County League
Mascot Willie the Wildcat
Newspaper 'West Wind'
Yearbook 'The Claw'

Arvada West High School is a public secondary school in Arvada, Colorado. Opened in 1963, it is one of four high schools in Arvada.


Arvada West High School was contracted in 1961 and opened in 1963.[3]

By the late 1990s, Arvada West was serving so many students it was on a split schedule. Ralston Valley High School, which opened in 2000, relieved the overcrowding.[4]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Student groups and activities include art club, care team, chess club, Close-Up, color guard, DECA, diversity club, drum line, EPYCS, FCCLA, Future Educators, French club, German club, GSA, Link Crew, math club, mock trial, National Honor Society, newspaper, Peace Jam, philosophy club, Spanish club, student government, theatre, Ultimate frisbee, vocal music, and yearbook.

The school's athletic teams, known as the Arvada West Wildcats, compete in CHSAA class 5A in the Jefferson County League. Teams are fielded in interscholastic competition in baseball, basketball, cheerleading and poms, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball

State championship titles held by the school include:[5]

  • Baseball: 1994 (6A)
  • Cheerleading: 1993 (6A)
  • Girls' basketball: 1978 (AAA)
  • Boys' cross country: 1974 (I)
  • Football: 1972 (AAA), 1997 (5A)
  • Girls' soccer: 1987
  • Softball: 1993 (6A), 1994 (6A), 1995 (5A), 1996 (5A), 1999 (5A), 2000 (5A)
  • Boys' track and field: 1975 (AAA), 1994 (6A), 2014 (5A)
  • Girls' track and field: 1976 (AAA), 1977 (AAA)
  • Volleyball: 1977 (AAA)
  • Wrestling: 1988 (AAA), 1992 (6A), 2014 (5A)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Arvada West High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "School Detail for Arvada West High School". National Center for Education Statistics. 
  3. ^ "Place Names Directory - Arvada West High School". Jefferson County, Colorado Archives & Records Management. 
  4. ^ Cummins, Cathy (1998-02-21). "West Arvada seeks silver lining in new high school". Rocky Mountain News. The school, funded through a bond issue approved in November, will cost $26 million and alleviate pressure on overcrowded Arvada West High School. 
  5. ^ "State Team Champions". Colorado High School Activities Association. 
  6. ^ Willis, Paul (2007-07-04). "Halladay's talent was obvious early on". Rocky Mountain News. As a high school player at Arvada West, Roy Halladay was physically superior to his peers and was a cinch for the all-conference team. 
  7. ^ "Casey Malone". USA Track & Field. 2009-12-28. 
  8. ^ "Feddersen earns Olympic berth". Denver Post. 1992-01-26. p. 3B. A reception at Arvada West High School will begin at 2:30 pm Tuesday for Jayne Gibson McHugh, a 1978 graduate of the school and member of the 1988 US... 
  9. ^ Moss, Irv (1989-10-25). "Unruh opted for warmth". Denver Post. John Roush of Arvada West was an all-Big Eight and All-America guard... 

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