Fort Collins High School

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Fort Collins High School Fort Collins High School
Fort Collins, Colorado
United States
Coordinates 40°32′24″N 105°02′14″W / 40.54000°N 105.03722°W / 40.54000; -105.03722Coordinates: 40°32′24″N 105°02′14″W / 40.54000°N 105.03722°W / 40.54000; -105.03722
Type Public high school
Motto Home of the Champions/Where excellence is expected
Established c. 1890
School district Poudre School District
Principal Mark Eversole
Grades 9-12
Number of students ~1,800 (Near Full Capacity)[citation needed]
Campus type single building
Color(s) Purple, Gold, and silver             
Athletics 4A
Mascot Lambkin
Newspaper Spilled Ink

Fort Collins High School, located at 3400 Lambkin Way, Fort Collins, Colorado, is one of four public senior high schools in the Poudre School District. Its school colors are purple and gold and the mascot is a lambkin. The school serves approximately 1,800 students and has a staff of about 130 faculty.


Fort Collins High School is over 100 years old. Classes were originally held on the second floor of the old Franklin Grade School at the corner of West Mountain and Howes Street. Almost 40 students were in the first classes at the school. By 1903, the need for a new building was apparent. At this time, the high school was moved to a new building on Meldrum Street where the present Lincoln Center stands. During the ensuing years, additions were placed on this building in 1915 and 1921. In 1924, a brand new building which currently stands at 1400 Remington Street was constructed. Classes were held in this building from 1925 to 1995. In 1953, a large gymnasium was built on the north side of the building. A science addition was added to the south end in the mid-1980s.

Due to increasing student numbers, a new Fort Collins High School was built at the corner of Horsetooth and Timberline Roads at 3400 Lambkin Way, and it opened in the fall of 1995. The enrollment at Fort Collins High School for 2006 will exceed 1500 students. As of 2013, the largest graduating senior class passed through the doors with almost 400 students. Approximately 30,000 students have graduated since the first class of 1893.

During the 2009 school year 9th graders transitioned to the Poudre School District high schools including FCHS. Before that time the high schools served only grades 10-12. The current enrollment at FCHS is estimated at close to 1500.

Physical properties of FCHS[edit]

Charles William Brubaker, the leading educational architect at Perkins and Will at the time, was chosen to design Fort Collins High School. To cut costs, Poudre School District removed the swimming pool from Brubaker's design for the building, but the rest of the building remained. If the whole design was built, Fort Collins High School would be the largest K-12 private or public grade school in the district, exceeding Fossil Ridge's size. Currently, Fort Collins High School is the second largest grade school building in Larimer county, after Fossil Ridge, which has 4% more space. There is still room for the swimming pool, which is connected to the rest of the structure via steel beams with a courtyard underneath. If PSD receives enough funds in the future, the swimming pool could be added.

Recently, the three main class halls were repainted to reflect the school colors. LaPorte is grey (the school administration believed black would be overly depressing), Mulberry is gold, and Prospect is purple. There is also a statue of a lamb above the main entrance and the school song transcribed just outside the Prospect Hall. Remington Hallway was featured on C.


In 2012, Fort Collins High School hosted the inaugural Colorado History Bee and Colorado History Bowl. Fort Collins is the host site for the 2013 competition as well.

April 4, 1988, the Fort Collins High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mr. Pat Underwood, performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

In 1991, the Fort Collins High School Symphony Orchestra under its former music director Steve McNeal and the Choir were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in the Big Apple Concert Series.

Again, in 2002, portions of the music department were invited to Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Symphonic Band, Orchestra and Fort Collins A Cappella Choir were all asked to come and perform in this famous venue.

The Symphony Orchestra traveled to Germany and Austria in March 2005 under the direction of Matthew Spieker.

In 1997, the school's Science Olympiad team took 3rd place at the National Science Olympiad Tournament at North Carolina State University.

In 1998, the school's Science Olympiad team took 2nd place at the National Science Olympiad Tournament at Grand Valley State University.

In 2015, the Music Department will travel to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic with a band (under the director of David Miles), an orchestra (under the direction of John Hermanson) and a choir (under the direction of Kaitlin Miles).


The 2006 Graduation Ceremony performance of "Battle Hymn of the Republic"

Fort Collins High School takes pride in many of its traditions including:

  • Mascot and Colors - The "Lambkins" take pride in their mascot, as it is literally a "baby lamb". Their colors are purple and gold.
  • Landing Sing - Every Friday, the A Cappella Choir sings the two school songs on the flight of steps in the first hall.
  • Athletics - various sport activities which inspired other traditions such as "'the superfans'".
  • Homecoming Dance - Formal dance, preceded by a week of designated dress up days and a homecoming football game.
  • Sadie Hawkins Dance - Dance in which girls ask the guys and dress alike.
  • Theater - Tower Theater presents four shows each season, consisting of two plays, Vaudeville, and a spring musical. Currently 5 theater courses are offered, including Acting 1 & 2, a technical theater course, and Theater Practicum, which gives credits for being involved in shows.
  • Concerts - band, orchestra, and choir perform numerous times throughout the year, with a yearly "Holiday Gift" concert raising money for a community organization or a family in need at FCHS.
  • Boosters Dance - a formal girls-ask-guys dance put on by the FCHS Booster's club
  • Junior-Senior Prom - the last dance of the year.
  • After Prom Party - a free fun event to make sure people do not drink and drive.
  • Lamb Slam and Powderpuff - takes place the day before Pops in the Park and includes a beach volleyball tournament (Lamb Slam) and a Seniors versus Juniors girls flag football game.
  • Pops in the Park - the last performance of all music groups on the senior's last day. Yearbooks are distributed and signed.
  • Junior Escorts - juniors in good standing help to run graduation ceremonies.
  • Baccalaureate - an optional Christian send-off for graduating seniors.
  • Graduation - perhaps the most honored tradition, graduation ceremonies have built up many traditions of their own. The choir sings songs such as "Battle Hymn of the Republic" in joint with the band and orchestra, and there are individual performers who are handpicked by the music instructors and the principals. The choir also sings "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" two times, the first time with all the current music students, and the second time through graduating seniors that are a part of the music department walk back to their seats leaving the current sophomores and juniors singing.
  • Mr. Fort Collins High School - A male beauty pageant and talent show.

School Songs[edit]

These are two Songs sung on the landing of Prospect hall every Friday at 2:00 p.m.

'1. The Lambkin Way" a.k.a. "Travel'

Travel, Travel the Lambkin Way
Travel by night, travel by day!
Travel, Travel the Lambkin Way
Travel by night, travel by day!
Who goes there on the Lambkin Way?
A goodly company.

Virtue the carry in their hand,
To build a fairer, better land,
kindly people, fair of face,
With flow'rs of gentleness and grace.

Down the valley the Lambkins go
Up the hill where the fierce winds blow;
hope goes with them ever kind,
And patience with a quiet mind.

Eager, they look with long eyes,
Straight before them the city lies;
Over pathways rise and dip,
The City of sweet fellowship.

Travel, Travel the Lambkin Way
Travel by night, travel by day!
Who goes there on the Lambkin Way?
A goodly company, a goodly company.

M. Rose & S. Young (from the song, "The Pilgrim Way")

The 2006 Fort Collins High School A Cappella Choir

'2. Fort Collins High School Alma Mater'

Hail to thee, Fort Collins High School
We will ever faithful be.
Thou hast builded strong foundations.
Thou hast made the future free.
To the pillars firmly standing.
To the tower that guides our way.
Thou wilt lead our sons and daughters
To the light of eternal day.

The A Capella Choir has been Singing these Songs for over 50 years every Friday at the end of 7th period.

Awards and honors[edit]

Music Department[edit]

  • Choir, Band, Orchestra have played in Carnegie Hall
  • All three departments send numerous students to All-State Choirs, Bands, and Orchestras


  • Since 2010 Spilled Ink was named an All-Colorado Newspaper each year including 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.


Known as the "Home of the Champions" Fort Collins high school has 68 state championships in all sports.[citation needed]

Cross Country[edit]

The cross country team is widely considered one of the best in the nation. The boys team has won 8 state championships since 1988, and were back to back state champions in 2004 and 2005 and again in 2010 and 2011. In 2005, the boys finished 9th in the nation and in 2010 they finished 4th in the nation at Nike Cross Nationals. The girl’s team has won 7 state titles since 1989, including 3 in a row from 2008 to 2010. In 2007 and 2008 the girls finished 7th in the nation, in 2009 they finished 3rd in the nation, and in 2010 they finished 6th in the nation at Nike Cross Nationals. Both teams are led by coaches Chris Suppes and Craig Luckasen.

Boy's Soccer[edit]

Led by then coach, Jason Odorizzi, the team reached the State Championship game in 2005 and 2006. The 2005 Lambkins featured five future division I players and beat Smoky Hill High School 2-1 with an overtime goal off the head of Dusty Geisert. In 2006 they again played Smoky Hill, but came up short with a 2-0 loss.

In 2009 under coach Justin Stephens, Fort Collins High claimed its third state title by shutting out Abraham Lincoln. The Lambkins playoff run was played with complete dominance, scoring 18 goals and only allowing 3. The Lambkins came out on top 3-0 in the first Colorado High School state championship to be played at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, home of MLS club Colorado Rapids. The opening goal of the match was scored by Sam Deitz in the second minute and Denver Post match MVP Gary Seville scored a pair of insurance goals for the Lambkins. That year the Lambkins boasted a NSCAA national ranking of 30th for boys soccer.

From 2005-2009 Fort Collins has won two state titles (2005, 2009) were runners-up (2006) and were the 2008 state semi-finalists. Their combined playoff record over those six seasons is 19-4; the best mark in Colorado.

Collins soccer notched its first state title in 1990.

FCHS alum Collin Clark now plays professional soccer with Houston Dynamo of the MLS. Kris Banghart was selected #60 overall by Real Salt Lake in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. Steven Emory played 1.5 seasons with the Colorado Rapids after signing on March 1, 2011 when he was noticed by the Rapids at an open tryout in January. He now plays professionally in Europe.

Other recent alums playing Division I soccer include David Martin (2006), Aaron Kepler (2007), Pat Conway (2004) and Zander Dietz (2008) at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. As well as, Colin (Izzie) Audley (2006) and Kris Banghart (2006) at the University of Denver, Steven Emory (2006) at Metro State (DII) in Denver, and Coleman Kane (2013) at Fort Lewis College (DII) in Durango.

Girl's Soccer[edit]

The Lambkins put together an impressive streak of ten consecutive Northern Conference championships from 1997-2007, and added a Front Range League title to their résumé in 2012. In that same year the Lambkins ran to the state semi-finals only to come up a little short in a 1-0 loss to league rival, Fairview who turned the table on the Lambkins who won the regular season match up.

Recent graduates and seniors to sign on to play collegiality include: Katy Couperus (2013) University of Cincinnati, Madi Ott (2013) Iowa State University, Ashley Evans (2013) University of Buffalo, Nicole Mullen (2012) University of Chicago, Josalyn Martin (2012) Metro State (Denver), Zoey Weappa (2012) Fort Hays University, Rachael Schaad (2012) Fort Hays University.


Jon Cooper, 2005 graduate, attended University of Oklahoma, before being signed by the Minnesota Vikings

Phil Welch, 2007 graduate, starting All American kicker at University of Wisconsin.

Ryan Sutter, attended Colorado University, played for Carolina Panthers

Pete Monty, attended Wisconsin, Played for NY Giants 1997-2000, Min. Vikings 2001

Artemus Legg, played semi-pro football for Northern Colorado Wolfpack 2000-2003

Extracurricular activities[edit]

For 8 of the 10 years the award has been given out, FCHS has received the prestigious Wells Fargo Cup given to the Colorado school with the most outstanding activities program. In addition to a full Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) slate of sports for boys and girls, FCHS has a variety of clubs and activities that include:

• Amnesty International • Art Service Group • Asian Culture Club • Black Student Alliance • Boosters • Cheerleaders • Chemistry Olympiad • Climbing Club • CSU Math Field Day • Creative Writing Club • Distributive Education Clubs of America • Diversity Club • Eco People • EPYCS- El Pomar • Family Career & Comty Leaders of America • Fishing Club • French Club • German Club • Future Business Leaders of America • Gay-Straight Alliance • Hispanic Senate • History Club • International Students • Junior Class/Prom • KLYD TV • Knowledge Bowl • Latino American Student Alliance • LINK Crew (freshmen orientation) • Math Olympiad • Mock Trial Team • Model U.N. • National Forensic League • National History Bee and Bowl • National Honor Society • National Ocean Sciences Bowl • Peer Counselors • Pep Band • Physics Bowl • Remington Street Review • Science Bowl & Science Olympiad • Senior Class/Graduation • Spilled Ink (student newspaper) • Student Response Team • Students Against Drunk Drivers • Swing Club • Tower Dancers • Tower Troupers • US Geography Challenge • Yearbook • Tower Theater


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