Highlands Ranch High School
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|Highlands Ranch High School|
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|9375 South Cresthill Lane, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
|Type||Public Secondary School|
|School district||Douglas County School District RE-1|
|Color(s)||Black, silver and blue|
|Athletics conference||Continental League|
Highlands Ranch opened in 1987 as the third high school in the district, after Douglas County High School in Castle Rock and Ponderosa High School in Parker, and the first high school in Highlands Ranch. The rapid population growth in northern Douglas County has resulted in the opening of three other high schools in the area since Highlands Ranch High School opened.
The school is located in the Highlands Ranch neighborhood of Eastridge and is fed directly by Cresthill Middle School, which is adjacent to the high school campus. The school has been renovated several times in its relatively short history, most recently in 2009.
Highlands Ranch has a strong academic history and offers a number of Advanced Placement classes, though it does not participate in the International Baccalaureate program, which is located at Douglas County and Thunder Ridge High Schools.
Highlands Ranch High School participates at the 5A level in all sports, except for football, which is moving down to 4A in 2014 3. Athletic offerings include soccer, cross country, baseball, softball, field hockey, basketball, football, volleyball, gymnastics, track, golf, swimming, diving, wrestling, tennis, cheerleading, poms, and lacrosse. Both the varsity boys/girls basketball, football and baseball programs have achieved fame as both have proceeded deep into their respective finals and are consistently rated at the top of their respective divisions.
The girls basketball team won the Colorado state championship for three straight years from 2000-2002 and also from 2006-2007. Highlands Ranch is the alma mater of WNBA and UConn women's basketball star Ann Strother, who transferred to the school in her junior year. The school has also won several championships in poms, track & field, and cheerleading.
HRHS Girls Basketball has had a long standing dominance in Colorado. Over the past few years under Caryn Jaroki, HRHS has won 3 straight championships.
In 2007, the HRHS baseball team was crowned Continental League Champions.
In 2007, the HRHS cross country team qualified both the boys' and the girls' teams for the State Championship meet.
In 2009, the HRHS boys football team won the Southern League title.
In 2011, the HRHS cheers team took state.
- Mike Conneen, reporter for WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.
- Brian Cvilikas, professional soccer forward for the NSC Minnesota Stars
- Keri Russell, Golden Globe-winning American actress and dancer
- Daniel Schlereth, MLB pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and son of ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth
- Brad Stisser, professional soccer player for AC St. Louis
- Ann Strother, Director of Operations for Colorado Buffaloes women's basketball and former WNBA player
- Kasey Studdard, NFL offensive guard for the Houston Texans
- Craig Thompson, soccer player for the Real Colorado Foxes