Cherokee Trail High School

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Cherokee Trail High School
Cherokee Trail High School (logo).jpg
25901 East Arapahoe Road
Aurora, Colorado 80016
United States
Coordinates 39°35′30″N 104°41′11″W / 39.59167°N 104.68639°W / 39.59167; -104.68639Coordinates: 39°35′30″N 104°41′11″W / 39.59167°N 104.68639°W / 39.59167; -104.68639
Type High school (secondary education)
Established 2003
School district Cherry Creek School District
Principal Kim Rauh
Teaching staff 139.37 (FTE)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,633 (2013-2014)
Student to teacher ratio 18.89
Color(s) Burgundy & navy         
Athletics conference 5A - Centennial
Nickname Cougars
Rivals Grandview High School, Smoky Hill High School, Eaglecrest High School

Cherokee Trail High School is a public secondary-educational institution located in the eastern portion of the city of Aurora, Colorado, United States. It is the sixth high school in the Cherry Creek School District. Cherokee Trail is an International Baccalaureate certified school.[2]


Cherokee Trail offers various academic opportunities for students. The school is one of two International Baccalaureate certified high schools in the Cherry Creek School District and it also offers a selection of Advanced Placement courses. In the 2006-2007 school year CTHS was rated "High" (out of Unsatisfactory, Low, Average, High and Excellent) by the Colorado Department of Education for the high school level.[3] The school consistently scores above the state average in all subjects and grades for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. Cherokee Trail juniors who take the ACT college admissions test (it is a Colorado mandate that all juniors take the ACT test (pre-2016), also consistently score at or near both the state and national averages.


The demographic breakdown of the 2,633 students enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year was:

  • Male - 50.5%
  • Female - 49.5%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.6%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 10.5%
  • Black - 11.5%
  • Hispanic - 14.3%
  • White - 58.6%
  • Unknown - 4.5%

In addition, 14.0% of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.[1]


Cherokee Trail offers many boys' and girls' sports including football, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, and tennis. CTHS competes in the 5A league for sports.

Cherokee Trail is home to Legacy Stadium, the largest school stadium in Colorado. It boasts an advanced artificial grass field, ticket booths, cable broadcasting cameras, and A/V equipment, as well as modern architecture. This stadium is shared with other schools in the district. The campus also has a 25-yard swimming pool and a 12-foot diving well with two one-meter diving boards, multiple tennis courts, soccer fields, a softball field, and two baseball diamonds.

On May 19, 2007, the boys' track and baseball teams won the Colorado State Championship in their respective sports.[4][5]

Performing arts[edit]

Every year, the school produces one fall drama, one spring musical, and a compilation of student written and directed one acts. Additionally, the department presents an annual showcase of solos, duets, and various choirs, sponsored by the CTHS Tri-M Music Honor Society.


Cherokee Trail High School offers more than 40 clubs, including National Honor Society, Speech and Debate, Model United Nations, DECA, Science Club, Spanish Club, and Ping Pong Club. There are interests clubs as well, including Red Cross Club, Amnesty International, and Students Advocating Change. The school sponsors annual activities such as dances, which include Prom and Homecoming. In multiple weeks, the school sponsors specific issues. For example, during World Awareness Week, the school raises awareness on foreign issues, and also holds a "Wish Week" where all money raised during the week is donated to the Make-a-Wish foundation, and Awareness Week.


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Cherokee Trail High School". Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Cherokee Trail High School". IB World Schools. International Baccalaureate Organization. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cherokee Trail High School". GreatSchools Inc. 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Willis, Paul (March 5, 2008). "Class 4A baseball league outlook". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Boys track class 4A notebook". Rocky Mountain News. March 5, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2010.