Arvada High School

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Arvada High School
7951 W. 65th Ave.
Arvada, Colorado 80004
United States
Coordinates 39°48′57″N 105°05′06″W / 39.8158333°N 105.0850000°W / 39.8158333; -105.0850000Coordinates: 39°48′57″N 105°05′06″W / 39.8158333°N 105.0850000°W / 39.8158333; -105.0850000[1]
Type public secondary school
Established 1900
School district Jefferson County Public Schools (Colorado)
CEEB code 60055
Principal Gina Rivas
Staff 39[2]
Faculty 80[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1425[3]
School colour(s) Red and white         
Athletics 4A[3]
Athletics conference Jefferson County
Mascot Bulldog
Teams Reds
Newspaper The Crimson Report
Yearbook The Arvadan
Feeder schools Arvada K-8, North Arvada Middle School

Arvada High School is a public secondary school operated by Jefferson County School District R-1 in Arvada, Colorado, United States.


Arvada High's student body has the following racial demographics:[4]

Race Percentage
Hispanic 33.4%
White 56.8%
African American 2.0%
Asian 5.8%
Native American 2.0%


The first high school classes in Arvada commenced in 1900 at Zephyr and Grandview. Known as the Arvada School (it was renamed Lawrence Elementary School in 1955), local high school students attended classes there until a permanent high school was built in 1920. The first Arvada High School was located at 7225 Ralston Road and served students until 1955. The building served as a junior high school until 1984 and was demolished in 1986. A new building at 5751 Balsam Street served students until 1971, when the school's current building was completed at 7951 W. 65th Avenue and the Balsam Street location became Arvada Junior High School.

In the early 1920s, the school adopted the team name "Redskins". This was challenged in 1993 as derogatory and the new name "Reds" was adopted by a 2–1 margin in voting.[5] The school subsequently adopted a bulldog as its new mascot.[6]


Since 2006, Arvada High School has been home to the district's North Area Option School, an extremely rigorous college preparatory program. Many advanced placement classes are also available. Program classes are taught by Arvada High School instructors and 50% of the available enrollment is for Arvada High students.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Arvada High School fields teams in interscholastic competition in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.

The school is also active in the performing arts, with a band, choir, orchestra and theater program. The band program includes marching band, percussion ensemble (winner of the WGI World Percussion Championships in 1998), jazz band, and concert band.

The school also has an award-winning journalism program. Both the school newspaper (The Crimson Report) and yearbook (The Arvadan) have won awards from the Colorado High School Press Association. The journalism program also has a broadcast journalism class known as Bulldog News (BDN).

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Tagg Bozied (1997), professional baseball player[7]
  • Joanne Conte[8]
  • Katee Doland, Miss Colorado 2003
  • Cliff Olander, player of gridiron football
  • Josh Pennock, KCKK-Mile High Sports Radio (Denver) AM 1510 and FM 93.7 morning show personality
  • Chris Sanders (1980), animator, co-director of Lilo & Stitch[9]
  • Steve Saunders, KMGH weekend morning news anchor[10]
  • Jim Whitfield, board member of the Apex Park and Recreation District, Colorado Special District Association, AEDA, Red Rocks College Foundation, Arvada Soccer Association, and Colorado Rush Soccer Club; member of the Colorado Olympic Development Team (1981); graduate of Colorado School of Mines and the University of Houston
  • Joe Decamillis (1983), American Football Coach, Special Teams Coordinator (Denver Broncos)


  1. ^ "Feature Detail Report - Arvada Senior High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Arvada High School School Accountability Report 2005-2006 School Year" (PDF). Colorado Department of Education. 2006-12-12. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  3. ^ a b "School Profile - Arvada High School". Colorado High School Activities Association. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
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  5. ^ Morson, Berny (1993-06-03). "'Reds' new, if confusing, name for Arvada High teams". Rocky Mountain News. Arvada High School teams will be called the Reds, a vote by students, alumni and neighborhood residents has decided. The new name was chosen by a 2-1 ratio in voting that ended last week, [Principal James] Melhouse said through a spokeswoman... 
  6. ^ Cornelius, Coleman (2002-03-17). "Whities' fightin' for a cause". Denver Post. p. B1. Arvada High School switched from The Redskins to The Reds in 1993 with a Harlequin mascot that never caught on; The School voted and recently adopted a bulldog. 
  7. ^ Rooney, Pat (2002-04-22). "Lesson learned, Bozied now focused on hitting". Rocky Mountain News. Bozied, a graduate of Arvada High School, learned a discouraging lesson two years ago when he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the amateur draft after his junior season at the University of San Francisco. 
  8. ^ "Conte blames election loss on sex change". Rocky Mountain News. 1995-11-09. " had a number of people who I graduated with from Arvada High School who jumped in the campaign and helped me out. 
  9. ^ "Education briefing". Rocky Mountain News. 2003-03-10. A Jefferson County Public Schools graduate is up for an Oscar. Chris Sanders, a 1980 graduate of Arvada High School, created and directed Lilo and Stitch. . . . Sanders, who also provided the voice of Stitch, created the film for Walt Disney Studios. 
  10. ^ Saunders, Dusty (1998-06-28). "Cable to send in a parade of clowns". Rocky Mountain News. Let's give equal time to another native who's now part of KMGH-Channel 7's News team - Steve Saunders, a graduate of Arvada High School and Colorado State University... 

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