Englewood High School (Colorado)
|Englewood High School|
|3800 South Logan Street
Englewood, Colorado, 80113
|Type||public high school|
|School district||Englewood Schools|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||3A(Football) 5A Foothills(Lacrosse)|
Englewood High School is a public high school in the Englewood Schools District, located in the city of Englewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, in Arapahoe County. It is one of two high schools in the district. Its student population is approximately 850 students in grades 9-12. There are about 65 licensed teachers, 40 of whom hold a master's degree or higher. The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools, the Colorado Department of Education, and holds membership in the College Board, the National Alliance of High Schools, and the National Association of College Admissions Counselors. The school was founded in 1917. Englewood has more Boettcher Scholars than any other metro area high school, with 30. Until September 17, 2008 the principal of Englewood High had been Linda Torres, however she resigned due to personal reasons being replaced by V.P. Ms. Davis.
Englewood High's original location was at Broadway and Kenyon Avenues. As enrollment increased, the school grew out of its original building, and in 1953, construction on a new building began. The class of 1954 was the first to move into the new building, which still stands today. In the early 1960s the school renovated its structure, adding a full-size auditorium, library, and more classrooms. The school is currently located in Englewood at the corner of Mansfield Ave. and Logan St. Next to the campus is the Hosanna Athletic Complex, which contains the baseball and soccer fields. In 2005, a new artificial turf field was installed at a cost of $600,000.
Englewood competes in 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A athletics and has a whole complement of extracurricular programs. One is the award-winning Pirateer student newspaper, considered one of the best in the state and part of the High School National Ad Network. The Pirateer's advisor, Sheila Jones, received the Don Ridgway Freedom of Expression Award in 2000 and was named the Colorado Publications Teacher of the Year in 2001. In 2009, Jones received the CHSPA Medal of Merit, and upon her retirement in 2012, the national Journalism Education Association honored her with its Lifetime Achievement award. JJ (Janet) Ogrin now serves as the Pirateer advisor, supervising all aspects of the convergent media program that Jones initiated. Ogrin, a Colorado native, in high school was named the Colorado High School Journalist of the year for her work on the Rocky Mountain High School (Ft. Collins) Highlighter newspaper. She then was a finalist for the national journalist of the year award. The Pirateer can now be accessed online at pirateer.net. The Pirate band regularly competes in state competitions and has won numerous awards.
Englewood lost 2 regular season games combined in the 1995 & 1996 seasons and only 6 total from 1993-1996. 1996 was the first conference championship in over 40 years won by the Pirates which included an 11-game win streak and a run to the state semi-finals for 3A football. Both '95 & '96 seasons ended with losses to the eventual state Champion and 4-time consecutive champion, Palisade High School. Both 1995 and 1996 Englewood teams had several players named to 1st and 2nd All-State teams along with the first ever All-Colorado award for an EHS player in 1996. Many players went on to play in college from those years as well at schools like Colorado College, Ft. Hayes St, Occidental College, and more. In 2006-2007 the Englewood High School football team won the 3A North Metro League with a record of 8-2, and lost in the second round of the playoffs with a final season record of 9-3. In 2008, Englewood's head football coach, Randy Penn retired after winning Coach of the Year in 3A football. The Pirates new head football coach is Coach Graves, who was a coach at columbine high school before taking the role of head Pirate. Graves is joined by returning coach Randy Penn and many former players and coaches.
In 2007 the Lacrosse team finished with a record of 2-13 picking up their first win in four years. The Lacrosse team that year was led by seniors Karl Kirsch and Dylan McAninch. Karl with 18 goals 5 assists and Dylan with 3 goals and 13 assists.In 2008 the Pirates went 0-14 but had signs of greatness in Midfielder's Brandon Pollack and Defender Turned Midfielder Dean McAninch. In the 2009 season the Pirates again went 0-14 but had a strong season with Defender Dean McAnich being named to the North All Stars team.
In 2008 Justin Williams went 40-6 in his wrestling season, he then went to the state finals and took second. In 2009 Justin Williams went 40-1 and he went on to win the 285 state championship. Justin Williams finished with a 123-36 career record with 76 pins. Justin Williams holds the single season and career pins record for Englewood high school.
Boys Soccer 
The 2008 season has shown the slow downfall of what used to be a great soccer team. With the loss of Head Coach Albert Adetoye the Pirates have seen a lack of hard work and drive that they have had in the past. The lack of leadership and upperclassmen help is another reason for the downfall of the Pirates. They fielded a young team in the 2008 season. Several sophomores started and there are several young players with a lot of potential. The players will need to play with commitment and heart and have someone step up to the leadership role in order to return the Pirates' soccer team to its winning ways.
Boys Basketball 
They head coach of the Boy's Basketball team is Stu Howard. The team went 11-12 in the 2007 season and made it to the playoffs where they lost to the Greeley West Spartans by a score of 79-46. The Pirates have two returning varsity starters from last year as well as some young talent that will step up to the varsity level. With a combination of experienced players and skilled underclassmen, they will look to surprise a few teams this year.