Douglas County High School (Castle Rock, Colorado)

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Douglas County High School sign in Castle Rock, Colorado
Douglas County High School
Location
2842 Front Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Information
Type public
Established 1897
School district Douglas County School District RE-1
Principal Tony Kappas[1]
Staff 210[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2105[1]
Color(s) purple and white         
Athletics 5A
Athletics conference Continental League[2]
Mascot Husky (Logo modeled after that of Washington University's Huskies)
Rival Castle View High School
Information 303-387-1000
Newspaper Castle Courier
Website
Douglas County High School campus

Douglas County High School, sometimes nicknamed as DCHS and locally identified as DC is a public high school in Castle Rock, Colorado and it is the oldest school in the Douglas County School District.

History[edit]

Elementary through high school classes were held in the Cantril School building in Castle Rock from 1897 through 1907, when Douglas County High School was built in the 600 block of Wilcox Street in 1907. The brick building burnt down in a 1909 fire and was replaced with a rhyolite building. On May 28, 1937, the building was damaged by a tornado that hit in Castle Rock.[3] It was repaired and saw use as a school through 1983. The building is currently used as administration offices for the school district.

Amy Adams (actress) attended this school in 1995 and was part of the choir and athletic training, but later dropped athletic training to get a dance scholarship, although she didn't attend college.

Groundbreaking at the school's current location on Front Street occurred in 1961.[4] The new school location opened in 1967 and fourth through sixth grade students attended classes at the former high school location until Castle Rock Elementary was built in 1983.[5]

Students[edit]

Demographics:[6]

  • 28:1 student-to-staff ratio
  • 4% of students are eligible for free lunch
  • 2.9% of students are ethnic minorities

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Sports[edit]

Douglas County High School teams compete in the 5A class sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Teams fielded by the school include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling. Rugby is offered through a cooperative agreement with Castle View High School ice hockey and inline hockey teams are fielded at the club level.

State championship titles[7][edit]

  • 1972: AA boys' track and field
  • 1983: individual boys' golf (Scott Ahlers)
  • 1989: Ice Hockey
  • 1992: 1A-5A softball
  • 1995: 4A Marching Band
  • 2004: 5A Inline Hockey
  • 2005: 5A football
  • 2006: Winterguard Regional A State Champions
  • 2007: 5A Inline Hockey
  • 2007: Winterguard Regional A State Champions
  • 2007: 4A-5A Varsity Co-Ed State Champions: Co-Ed Cheerleading
  • 2008: Boys Golf Champions
  • 2008: 4A-5A Varsity Co-Ed State Champions: Co-Ed Cheerleading
  • 2009: 5A Inline Hockey
  • 2009: Boys Golf Champions
  • 2009: 4A-5A Varsity Co-Ed State Champions: Co-Ed Cheerleading
  • 2010: 4A-5A Varsity Co-Ed State Champions: Co-Ed Cheerleading
  • 2011: 4A-5A Varsity Co-Ed State Champions: Co-Ed Cheerleading
  • 2012: Winterguard Scholastic A State Champions
  • 2012 : Varsity Co-Ed Cheerleading: 3rd in the nation at the NHCC in Orlando Florida
  • 2014: Varsity 5A Cheerleading State Runner Up

State all-time sports records[edit]

State Girls' Basketball Records Held by Douglas County[8]
Category Place Record Holder Date Value
Number of Free Throws in a Row (Individual) 2 Donnis Hurd, Douglas County 1992-1993 26
Free Throws Made in One Game (Individual) 4 Katie Hilbig (v. Gateway) 2007-2008 16
Free Throws Made in One Game (Team) 9 Douglas County (v. Aurora Central) 1996-1997 26
State Football Records Held by Douglas County[9]
Category Place Record Holder Date Value
Longest TD Run From Scrimmage 1 Scott Adams (vs. Englewood) 9/16/88 99
Rushing Attempts (One Game) 10 Jay Kobak (vs. Golden) 10/26/89 43
Rushing Attempts (Season) 9 Jay Kobak 1989 339

Music[edit]

The Douglas County High School Marching Band placed fifth in the 5A class at the 2006 and 2007 4A/5A State Marching Band Championships.[10] They also placed 6th Place in the 2008 and 2009 5/A State Championship, and 4th place in the 2010 5/A State Championship. They performed at the Zia Marching Fiesta at the University of New Mexico stadium on October 30, 2010. In addition to Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble are available for students to take. There are also three orchestras, two of which require auditioning. Finally, there are three choirs, two of which require auditions. In the past, they have had five choirs, but recently, due to the lack of funding for the arts and lack of interest, the number of choirs had to be cut down.[11][citation needed]

Clubs and activities[12][edit]

  • Adventure Club
  • Amnesty International
  • Anime Club
  • Asian Culture Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Athletic Training
  • Band


  • Book Club
  • Choir
  • Dance Club
  • Diversity Club
  • FBLA
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • FCCLA
  • FEA
  • FFA
  • Huskie PAW (Protection of Animal Welfare)
  • Peer Counselors
  • Pro Start
  • Thespian Society
  • Yearbook

Douglas County High School's Speech and Debate Team is a registered NFL Chapter in the Colorado NFL District. They compete in both local- and national- circuit tournaments.

Curriculum[edit]

Douglas County High School adopted the International Baccalaureate program in 1996. It serves a magnet program within the district.[13] Additionally, Douglas County High School is one of few IB schools in the world that offers all four sixth subjects of Art, Music, Dance, and Theatre [14]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Douglas County High School School Accountability Report 2006-2007 School Year". Colorado Department of Education. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Douglas County High School Profile". Colorado High School Activities Association. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  3. ^ Chamblin, Thomas S. (1960). Historical Encyclopedia of Colorado. Denver, CO: Colorado Historical Association. p. 185. OCLC 13691044. 
  4. ^ Meyer, Susan (1984). Our Heritage: People of Douglas County. Castle Rock, CO: Douglas County Historical Society. p. 368. OCLC 13411015. 
  5. ^ Douglas County History Research Center (2003-08-16). "Castle Rock Schools". Historic Schools Of Douglas County, Colorado. Douglas County Libraries. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  6. ^ Colorado Department of Education (2006-12-05). "2006 School Performance". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  7. ^ "State Team Champions". Colorado High School Activities Association. 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  8. ^ "All-Time CHSAA Basketball Records - Girls'". Colorado High School Activities Association. 2006-08-29. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  9. ^ "All-Time CHSAA Football Records". Colorado High School Activities Association. 2006-07-13. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Colorado Bandmasters Association 2006 4A/5A State Marching Band Championships". Colorado Bandmasters Association. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  11. ^ "DCHS: Performing Arts". Douglas County School District. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  12. ^ "DCHS: Clubs & Activities". Douglas County School District. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  13. ^ "International Baccalaureate Program". Douglas County School District. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  14. ^ "IB at Douglas County". Douglas County High School. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  15. ^ "Actress makes it to big kids' table". Rocky Mountain News. 2006-03-04. Retrieved 2007-02-19. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Jimmy Cottrell". Retrieved 2008-08-08. 

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External links[edit]

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