Roy J. Wasson High School

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Roy J. Wasson High School
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2115 Afton Way, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Coordinates 38°51′40″N 104°46′55″W / 38.861°N 104.782°W / 38.861; -104.782Coordinates: 38°51′40″N 104°46′55″W / 38.861°N 104.782°W / 38.861; -104.782
Type Public school
Established 1959, closed in 2014
School district Colorado Springs 11
Faculty 91 certified teachers, 5 administrators, 2 deans of students, 2 library technology educators, 4 counselors, and 45 educational support staff
Grades Grades 9-12
Enrollment 931 students
Campus size 28.2-acre (114,000 m2)
Color(s) cardinal and gray         

Roy J. Wasson High School was the second-oldest high school in District 11 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Wasson High School campus includes Garry Berry Stadium, the primary high school sports venue for District 11.

The school's colors are cardinal and gray, and the mascot is the Thunderbird.


Roy J. Wasson High School was established in 1959 and named after one of the longtime superintendents of Colorado Springs School District 11. Wasson is the only high school in District 11 to be combined with another High School, Mitchell High. Due to cut in staff from each school, both campuses combine selected classes. Students in the 9th and 10th grades attend classes on a seven period schedule. Upperclassmen may have a combination of blocked (95 minute classes) and unblocked (50 minute classes). This flexibility in scheduling allows for students to earn more credits than most high schools on a traditional schedule. The 28.2 acre (11.4 hectare) campus has a diverse population of students.

Wasson is a comprehensive[clarification needed] high school which has been recognized at the state and national level as a school on the forefront of educational reform and innovation.[1] Wasson is also the only high school in District 11 with a dance studio. Wasson's technology wing contains a one-of-a-kind multimedia classroom, a video production room, a professional quality audio recording studio, a 25 station CAD lab, a science technology lab, and a music lab with 20 computers equipped with Midi keyboards. In addition to the technology wing, Wasson has 8 computer labs used by teachers in all content areas and also computers in the classrooms.

In the 2004-2005 school year teacher Gwen Cardozo was arrested for having sexual relations with a student.[2]

Course offerings[edit]

  • Advanced Placement and Honors classes in all major content areas, CISCO and A+ certification programs
  • Navy Jr. ROTC
  • Oceanology/Environmental Sciences
  • Pro Start Culinary Arts
  • Interior Design CAD
  • Auto CAD
  • Dance/Musical Theatre Programs


The athletic programs are a member of the Colorado Springs Metro League class 4A. Wasson has won ten state championships.[citation needed]

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