Columbus High School (Columbus, Nebraska)

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Columbus High School
The main entrance to CHS
2200 26th St.
Columbus, Nebraska 68601
United States
School type Public secondary
Founded 1860
Opened 1958
School district Columbus Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Troy Loeffelholz
Principal Steve Woodside
Grades 9 to 12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 1,185
Color(s)          Maroon and white
Mascot Discoverers
Nickname CHS
Rival Norfolk High School
Newspaper The Discoverer
Yearbook The Voyage

Columbus High School is a high school in Columbus, Nebraska, United States. It is a public school that currently has around 1,185 students and is in the Columbus Public School district. Columbus High serves students in grades 9–12.



The first high school in Columbus came in 1883. The Williams High School was opened as the result of a $12,000 bond issue.[1]


Columbus quickly outgrew Williams High. A new facility was built in 1898 for approximately $24,000. That school building was called one of the "finest public schools to date" in Nebraska. An addition was added in 1904, but it was used as a high school until 1925, when it became Columbus Junior High School. The building was demolished in the late 1950s.


Kramer High School was built just west of the previous high school due to an extreme demand for more educational space. Officially dedicated in December 1925, Kramer High was named in honor of long-time school board president Carl Kramer, who had died in 1924. Additions came in 1951, 1961, 1965, and 1990.[2] Kramer High served Columbus through 1960, when it became the junior high school and most recently Columbus Middle School in 1986.


The current high school opened in 1958. Constructed for around $1,500,000, the new Columbus High proved to be a much needed way of modernization for Columbus. Columbus High was added onto in 1965, 1976, and 1988. A $17.6 million bond issue was passed in 2003 to renovate the high school. The renovation, which was completed in 2007, added several classrooms and an expansive media center.[3]


The school's curriculum provides structure and traditional courses, yet offers students many options to explore and develop their individual talents. Students may choose from 140 courses. Most required subjects are taught at the basic, general and college prep level, with Advanced Placement classes offered in math, science, English, and social studies.


In sports, the school currently has teams for football, volleyball, boys' and girls' basketball, swimming, cross country, track, boys' and girls' tennis, boys' and girls' golf, wrestling, baseball, softball, boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' bowling, and boys' and girls' powerlifting. However, Columbus High currently does not acknowledge bowling or powerlifting as school sports.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Centennial Section Four", Columbus Telegram, May 1956.
  2. ^ [1] Columbus Facts Book. Retrieved 3/25/09
  3. ^ "Public to finalize CPS plan", Columbus Telegram website. Retrieved 3/25/09.

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Coordinates: 41°26′30″N 97°21′17″W / 41.44167°N 97.35472°W / 41.44167; -97.35472