Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind

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Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
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33 North Institute Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Coordinates 38°50′06″N 104°48′25″W / 38.835°N 104.807°W / 38.835; -104.807Coordinates: 38°50′06″N 104°48′25″W / 38.835°N 104.807°W / 38.835; -104.807
Type Residential school
Established 1874
Head of school Carol Hilty
Grades Preschool-12th grade and post high school education
Color(s) Red, white and black             
Mascot Bulldogs
Languages American Sign Language, English

The Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind (CSDB) is a K-12 residential school, located on Knob Hill, one mile (1.6 km) east of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, near the famous laboratory of Nikola Tesla. The school was founded in 1874 as The Colorado Institute for the Education of Mutes by Jonathan R. Kennedy, who had previously been steward at the Kansas State School For the Deaf.[1] The school began in a rented house in downtown Colorado Springs with seven students, three of whom were Kennedy's own children.[2] One of his children, Emma, later married another student, Frank H. Chaney, and they became the parents of the actor Lon Chaney.

Colorado Springs' founder William Jackson Palmer was the land-grantor of several institutions in Colorado Springs, including the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

CSDB were the 2004 National Champions in the Deaf Academic Bowl.

CSDB serves students and their families who are deaf, blind, or both. CSDB also coordinates the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP)[3] that serves deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to three years old within their home. CSDB provides outreach services to support students, families, and school districts throughout Colorado.


  1. ^ Gannon, Jack. 1981. Deaf Heritage–A Narrative History of Deaf America, Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, p. 42-43 (PDF)(PDF)
  2. ^ "Colorado School For The Deaf and Blind". Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  3. ^ "Colorado Home Intervention Program". Retrieved 2011-03-23. serve families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing 

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