Columbine High School
|Columbine High School|
|Type||Public High School|
|Color(s)||Silver and Blue|
|Affiliation||Jefferson County Public Schools|
|Website||Columbine High School|
The library built after the massacre
Columbine High School opened in the fall of 1973. There was no senior class during its first year. The school's first graduating class was in 1975. Columbine was named after the surrounding community of Columbine, which in turn was named after the state flower of Colorado: the columbine. The school's first principal was Gerald Difford.
The official school colors are blue and silver. The colors were selected through a vote by students at Ken Caryl Junior High School and Bear Creek High School who would be the first students to attend Columbine High School when it opened in 1973.
Columbine High School was the site of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern United States history, and the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history. The shootings occurred on April 20, 1999, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students and a teacher, and wounded 23 others, before they both committed suicide. The massacre made headlines nationwide and around the world, making Columbine a household name, and causing a moral panic in American high schools.
After the shooting, classes at Columbine were held at nearby Chatfield Senior High for the remaining three weeks of that school year.
The school went through a major renovation in 1995, just four years before the massacre, adding a new library and cafeteria. After the shootings, Columbine completely demolished its library, located above the cafeteria, since it was the site where the majority of the deaths occurred. The site was then turned into a memorial ceiling and atrium; a new, larger library was built on the hill where the shooting began and dedicated to the memory of the victims.
The school is located at 6201 South Pierce Street, one mile west of the Littleton city limits and one-half mile south of the Denver city/county line. “Littleton” is indicated in the school’s postal address because its ZIP code, 80123, is primarily associated with that city. However, the school is in Jefferson County and part of the Jefferson County Public Schools district, and not the Littleton Public Schools system; Littleton is the seat of Arapahoe County.
- Darrel Akerfelds – Major League Baseball pitcher playing with the Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies from 1986 through 1991.
- Cassie Bernall – One of the 13 victims of the Columbine High School massacre.
- Sera Cahoone – Singer songwriter.
- Skip Ewing – Country songwriter and artist.
- Wes Hart – MLS player who last played for the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005.
- Allan Kayser – Actor who played "Bubba" in the sitcom Mama's Family.
- Sue Manteris – Newscaster Las Vegas TV media and channel 3. Played CNN reporter Sue Tripathi in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.
- Todd Park Mohr – Guitar and vocals, Brian Nevin, drums and vocals, and Rob Squires, bass, of Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
- Melanie Palenik – 1988 Olympic gold medalist in women's freestyle aerials.
- Jeanie Schroder – Member of DeVotchKa.
- Glenn Scott – Former member of the Colorado House of Representatives.
- Rachel Scott – The first of the 13 victims of the Columbine High School massacre. The youth program Rachel's Challenge was created in her memory.
- Laval Short – Former Denver Broncos and Colorado Buffaloes defensive tackle.
- Brock Baker - Actor and YouTube comedian
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- Lessons from Littleton (Part I) at the National Association of Independent Schools
- – Remodeling Of School Info Page 1
- – Remodeling Of School Info Page 2
- Official address
- Baseball Almanac
- Major League Baseball
- Baca, Ricardo. "Now it's only about the music". The Denver Post. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
- Allan Kayser at IMDB
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