Montezuma-Cortez High School

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Montezuma-Cortez High School
Montezuma-Cortez High School Logo.jpg
206 W 7th St.
Cortez, Colorado
United States
Type Public high school
School district Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1
Principal Dr. Jason Wayman[1]
Vice principal David Robinson
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 679
Orange, Black, and White
Athletics conference CHSAA 4A/5A Southwestern and 3A Western Slope
Mascot Panthers

Montezuma-Cortez High School or (MCHS) is a public senior high school located in Cortez, Colorado serving 721 students in grades 9–12. It is part of the Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1.

The first high school was constructed in Cortez in 1909. The Cortez School (known as the Calkins School) became a junior high school in 1946, when Montezuma County High School opened. The current Montezuma-Cortez High School was constructed on 14-acres in 1967 and the old high school became the middle school. The Calkins School served as an administration building.

A new $33.9 million high school broke ground December 21, 2013 on a 35-acres site and is expected to open in the fall of 2015.


Student body statistics[edit]

The student body makeup is 49 percent male and 51 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 46 percent. Montezuma-Cortez High School is 1 of 2 high schools in the Montezuma-Cortez School District No. Re-1.[2]

Caucasian (not hispanic) 54%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 23%
Hispanic (of any race) 17%
Two or more races 4%
African American 1%
Asian 1%


The MCHS Marching Band has been a finalist in the state competition 30 years of the past 31. In addition to the marching band, MCHS has strong choir and, symphonic and jazz bands, all of which consistently receive superior ratings at festivals. Besides sporting events, the marching band can be seen in parades such as the Christmas Parade of Lights in downtown Cortez and has journeyed to such places as Washington, D.C., Boston, Rhode Island, and Portland.

Notable alumni[edit]


In Baseball MCHS competes in the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), 4A Southwestern Conference. During this season this conference includes: Durango High School, Fruita Monument High School, Grand Junction High School, Central High School, and Montrose High School.

In Basketball MCHS competes in the 4A Southwestern Conference which includes: Battle Mountain High School, Delta High School, Durango High School, Eagle Valley High School, Glenwood Springs High School, Montrose High School, Palisade High School, Rifle High School, Steamboat Springs High School and Summit High School.

In Football and Soccer MCHS competes in the 3A Western Slope Conference which includes: Battle Mountain High School, Delta High School, Eagle Valley High School, Glenwood Springs High School, Moffat County High School, Palisade High School, Rifle High School, and Steamboat Springs High School.

Montezuma-Cortez State Championships[edit]

MCHS has captured 3 State Championships, two in 4A and one in 2A.[4]

State Championships
Season Sport Number State Champions/Class
Winter Basketball, Boys 2 2002(4A), 1962(2A)
Spring Track and Field, Girls 1 1992(4A)

Wrestling Individual State Champions[edit]

Montezuma-Cortez High School has captured 12 individual State titles through the 2014 season[5]


Coordinates: 37°20′32″N 108°35′17″W / 37.3421°N 108.5880°W / 37.3421; -108.5880