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Columbine High School
Columbine High School sign.jpg
Columbine High School is located in Colorado
Columbine High School
Columbine High School
Columbine High School is located in the US
Columbine High School
Columbine High School
6201 S. Pierce St.[1][2]
Columbine, Colorado
United States
Coordinates39°36′14″N 105°04′27″W / 39.60389°N 105.07417°W / 39.60389; -105.07417Coordinates: 39°36′14″N 105°04′27″W / 39.60389°N 105.07417°W / 39.60389; -105.07417
TypePublic high school
School districtJefferson County Public Schools
PrincipalScott Christy
Color(s)Silver and blue          
AffiliationJefferson County Public Schools
SuperintendentCindy Stevenson
Hope Columbine Memorial Library.jpg
The library built after the massacre
Columbine High School

Columbine High School (CHS) is a high school in Columbine, Colorado, United States. The school is part of the Jefferson County Public Schools district. 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.[1][2] The official school colors are blue and silver.


Columbine High School opened in the fall of 1973 with a capacity for 1,652 students.[4] It 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. There was no senior class during the school's first year; its first graduating class was in 1975. The school colors were selected through a vote by students at Ken Caryl Junior High School and Bear Creek High School, who were the first to attend Columbine High School when it opened in 1973.

The school has undergone significant renovations since it first opened: in 1995, with the addition of a new cafeteria and library; in 1999-2000 (after the massacre), with interior renovations to the corridors, cafeteria, and former library; and in the early 2000s, with the addition of the new HOPE Columbine Memorial Library and a memorial on the site.[5][6][7]


Columbine High School was the site of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern United States history.[8] The shootings occurred on April 20, 1999, when senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students and a teacher, and wounded 24 others, before they both committed suicide. The massacre made headlines both nationally and internationally, making Columbine a household name, and causing a moral panic in U.S. high schools.[9] It was the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history until February 14, 2018, when 17 people were killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.[10][11]

After the shooting, classes at Columbine were held at nearby Chatfield Senior High for the remaining three weeks of that school year.[12]

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.[13][14]

Notable students

See also


  1. ^ a b School's website
  2. ^ a b In the school's postal address, "Littleton" is indicated because its ZIP code, 80123, is primarily associated with that city. Littleton itself, seat of Arapahoe County, is in a different school district.
  3. ^ "Explore Columbine High School in Littleton, CO".
  4. ^ Jefferson County Historical Commission webpage. Retrieved 2016-04-16
  5. ^ HOPE Columbine Memorial Library. Retrieved 2016-04-16
  6. ^ Cleaned-up Columbine reopens Monday, Fox News, January 26, 2001. Retrieved 2016-04-16
  7. ^ Columbine: Memories at every turn, Denver Post. April 19, 2009. Retrieved 2016-04-16
  8. ^ "Columbine High School shootings". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  9. ^ Lessons from Littleton (Part I) at the National Association of Independent Schools Archived February 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Laughland, Oliver; Luscombe, Richard; Yuhas, Alan (February 15, 2018). "At least 17 people dead in Florida school shooting: 'It's a horrific, horrific day'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Earl, Jennifer (February 14, 2018). "Florida school shooting among 10 deadliest in modern US history". Fox News. Archived from the original on February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  12. ^ Hill, David. "Life After Death - Education Week Teacher". Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  13. ^ Shepard, C. "Remodeling Columbine High School - the new library, cafeteria, inside and outside".
  14. ^ – Remodeling Of School Info Page 2 Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Baseball Almanac Archived 2012-10-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "Manager and Coaches". San Diego Padres.
  17. ^ Baca, Ricardo. "Now it's only about the music". The Denver Post. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  18. ^ "Allan Kayser". IMDb.

External links

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