Arvada West High School

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Arvada West High School
11595 Allendale Drive
Arvada, Colorado 80004
United States
Coordinates 39°48′35″N 105°07′34″W / 39.8097088°N 105.1260966°W / 39.8097088; -105.1260966Coordinates: 39°48′35″N 105°07′34″W / 39.8097088°N 105.1260966°W / 39.8097088; -105.1260966
School type Public secondary
Opened 1963
School district Jefferson County Public Schools
Principal Robert Bishop
Teaching staff 87.60 (FTE)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,699 (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 19.39
Campus size 23 acres (93,000 m2)
Campus type suburban
Color(s) Purple and white
Slogan Excellence is our expectation
Athletics CHSAA 5A
Athletics conference Jefferson County League
Mascot Willie the Wildcat
Nickname Wildcats
Newspaper West Wind
Yearbook The Claw

Arvada West High School is a public secondary school in Arvada, Colorado, United States. Opened in 1963, it is one of four high schools in Arvada. It is part of the Jefferson County School District.


Arvada West High School was contracted in 1961 and opened in 1963.[3]

By the late 1990s, Arvada West was serving so many students it was on a split schedule. Ralston Valley High School, which opened in 2000, relieved the overcrowding.[4]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Student groups and activities include art club, care team, chess club, Close-Up, color guard, DECA, diversity club, drum line, EPYCS, FCCLA, Future Educators, French club, German club, GSA, Link Crew, math club, mock trial, National Honor Society, newspaper, Peace Jam, philosophy club, Spanish club, student government, theatre, ultimate frisbee, vocal music, and yearbook.

The school's athletic teams, known as the Arvada West Wildcats, compete in CHSAA class 5A in the Jefferson County League. Teams are fielded in interscholastic competition in baseball, basketball, cheerleading and poms, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball.

State championship titles held by the school include:[5]

  • Baseball: 1994 (6A)
  • Cheerleading: 1993 (6A)
  • Girls' basketball: 1978 (AAA)
  • Boys' cross country: 1974 (I)
  • Football: 1972 (AAA), 1997 (5A)
  • Girls' soccer: 1987
  • Softball: 1993 (6A), 1994 (6A), 1995 (5A), 1996 (5A), 1999 (5A), 2000 (5A)
  • Boys' track and field: 1975 (AAA), 1994 (6A), 2014 (5A)
  • Girls' track and field: 1976 (AAA), 1977 (AAA)
  • Volleyball: 1977 (AAA)
  • Wrestling: 1988 (AAA), 1992 (6A), 2014 (5A), 2015 (5A)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Arvada West High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  2. ^ "School Detail for Arvada West High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Place Names Directory - Arvada West High School". Jefferson County, Colorado Archives & Records Management. 
  4. ^ Cummins, Cathy (1998-02-21). "West Arvada seeks silver lining in new high school". Rocky Mountain News. The school, funded through a bond issue approved in November, will cost $26 million and alleviate pressure on overcrowded Arvada West High School. 
  5. ^ "State Team Champions" (PDF). Colorado High School Activities Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-30. 
  6. ^ Willis, Paul (2007-07-04). "Halladay's talent was obvious early on". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. As a high school player at Arvada West, Roy Halladay was physically superior to his peers and was a cinch for the all-conference team. 
  7. ^ "Hughes Stadium memories: A letter by Kevin McDougal". Coloradoan. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Feddersen earns Olympic berth". Denver Post. 1992-01-26. p. 3B. A reception at Arvada West High School will begin at 2:30 pm Tuesday for Jayne Gibson McHugh, a 1978 graduate of the school and member of the 1988 US... 
  9. ^ "Casey Malone". USA Track & Field. 2009-12-28. 
  10. ^ Moss, Irv (1989-10-25). "Unruh opted for warmth". Denver Post. John Roush of Arvada West was an all-Big Eight and All-America guard... 

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