Douglas County High School (Castle Rock, Colorado)

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Douglas County High School sign in Castle Rock, Colorado
Douglas County High School
2842 Front Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Type Public
Established 1897
School district Douglas County School District RE-1
Principal Anthony Kappas[1]
Staff 210[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2105[1]
Color(s) Purple and white         
Athletics 5A
Athletics conference Continental League[2]
Mascot Little Bois (Logo modeled after that of the Washington University's Huskies)
Rival Castle View High School
Information 303-387-1000
Newspaper Castle Courier
Douglas County High School campus

Douglas County High School, sometimes nicknamed as DCHS and locally identified as DC, is a public high school in Castle Rock, Colorado, United States. It is the oldest school in the Douglas County School District.


Elementary through high school classes were held in the Cantril School building in Castle Rock from 1897 through 1907. Douglas County High School was built in the 600 block of Wilcox Street in 1907. The brick building burned down in a 1909 fire and was replaced with a rhyolite building. On May 28, 1937, the building was damaged by a tornado.[3] It was repaired and saw use as a school through 1983. The building is currently used as administration offices for the school district.

Groundbreaking at the school's current location on Front Street occurred in 1961.[4] The new school location opened in 1967, and fourth through sixth grade students attended classes at the former high school location until Castle Rock Elementary was built in 1983.[5]



  • 28:1 student-to-staff ratio
  • 4% of students are eligible for free lunch
  • 2.9% of students are ethnic minorities

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Douglas County High School teams compete in the 5A class sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Teams fielded by the school include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling. Rugby is offered through a cooperative agreement with Castle View High School through a club team named the Castle Rock Pirates. Ice hockey and inline hockey teams are fielded at the club level.

State championship titles[edit]

  • 1972: AA Boys' Track and Field
  • 1983: Individual Boys' Golf (Scott Ahlers)
  • 1989: Ice Hockey
  • 1992: 1A-5A Softball
  • 1994: 4A Softball
  • 1995: 4A Marching Band
  • 2004: 5A Inline Hockey
  • 2005: 5A Football
  • 2007: 5A Inline Hockey
  • 2007: 4A-5A Varsity Co-Ed State Champions: Co-Ed Cheerleading
  • 2008: 5A Boys' Golf Champions
  • 2008: Individual Boys' Golf (Derek Fribbs)
  • 2008: 4A-5A Varsity Co-Ed State Champions: Co-Ed Cheerleading
  • 2009: 5A Inline Hockey
  • 2009: 5A Boys' Golf Champions
  • 2009: 4A-5A Varsity Co-Ed State Champions: Co-Ed Cheerleading
  • 2010: 4A-5A Varsity Co-Ed State Champions: Co-Ed Cheerleading
  • 2011: 4A-5A Varsity Co-Ed State Champions: Co-Ed Cheerleading
  • 2012: Individual Boys' Golf (Kyler Dunkle)


State all-time sports records[edit]

State girls' basketball records held by Douglas County[8]
Category Place Record holder Date Value
Number of free throws in a row (individual) 2 Donnis Hurd, Douglas County 1992-1993 26
Free throws made in one game (individual) 4 Katie Hilbig (v. Gateway) 2007-2008 16
Free throws made in one game (team) 9 Douglas County (v. Aurora Central) 1996-1997 26

State football records held by Douglas County[9]
Category Place Record holder Date Value
Longest TD run from scrimmage 1 Scott Adams (vs. Englewood) 9/16/88 99
Rushing attempts (one game) 10 Jay Kobak (vs. Golden) 10/26/89 43
Rushing attempts (season) 9 Jay Kobak 1989 339
Rushing yards (season) 2 Andy Muns 2005 2,857


The Douglas County High School Marching Band placed fifth in the 5A class at the 2006 and 2007 4A/5A State Marching Band Championships.[10] They also placed 6th Place in the 2008 and 2009 5/A State Championship, and 4th place in the 2010 5/A State Championship. They performed at the Zia Marching Fiesta at the University of New Mexico stadium on October 30, 2010.

In addition to Marching Band, the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble are available for students to take. There are three orchestras: Concert, Sinfonia, and Chamber Orchestras. There are four choirs: Concert Choir, Men's Choir, Belles, and Singers. Other music course offerings include introductory piano and guitar, which are each one semester courses. IB music is also offered to juniors and seniors. [11][citation needed]

Clubs and activities[edit]

  • Adventure Club
  • Amnesty International
  • Anime Club <<<
  • Asian Culture Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Athletic Training
  • Band
  • Book Club
  • Choir
  • Dance Club
  • Diversity Club
  • FBLA
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • FEA
  • FFA
  • GSA
  • Huskie PAW (Protection of Animal Welfare)
  • Ice Hockey


Douglas County High School's Speech and Debate Team is a registered NFL chapter in the Colorado NFL District. They compete in both local and national circuit tournaments.


Douglas County High School adopted the International Baccalaureate program in 1996. It serves a magnet program within the district.[14] Douglas County High School is one of few IB schools in the world that offers all four sixth subjects of Art, Music, Dance, and Theatre. [15]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Douglas County High School School Accountability Report 2006-2007 School Year" (PDF). Colorado Department of Education. Retrieved 2008-01-04. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Douglas County High School Profile". Colorado High School Activities Association. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  3. ^ Chamblin, Thomas S. (1960). Historical Encyclopedia of Colorado. Denver, CO: Colorado Historical Association. p. 185. OCLC 13691044. 
  4. ^ Meyer, Susan (1984). Our Heritage: People of Douglas County. Castle Rock, CO: Douglas County Historical Society. p. 368. OCLC 13411015. 
  5. ^ Douglas County History Research Center (2003-08-16). "Castle Rock Schools". Historic Schools Of Douglas County, Colorado. Douglas County Libraries. Archived from the original on 2007-02-25. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  6. ^ Colorado Department of Education (2006-12-05). "2006 School Performance". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  7. ^ "State Team Champions" (PDF). Colorado High School Activities Association. 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  8. ^ "All-Time CHSAA Basketball Records - Girls'" (PDF). Colorado High School Activities Association. 2006-08-29. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  9. ^ "All-Time CHSAA Football Records" (PDF). Colorado High School Activities Association. 2006-07-13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Colorado Bandmasters Association 2006 4A/5A State Marching Band Championships" (PDF). Colorado Bandmasters Association. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  11. ^ "DCHS: Performing Arts". Douglas County School District. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  12. ^ Inline Hockey
  13. ^ "DCHS: Clubs & Activities". Douglas County School District. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  14. ^ "International Baccalaureate Program". Douglas County School District. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  15. ^ "IB at Douglas County". Douglas County High School. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  16. ^ "Actress makes it to big kids' table". Rocky Mountain News. 2006-03-04. Retrieved 2007-02-19. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Jimmy Cottrell". Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°23′22″N 104°51′25″W / 39.38944°N 104.85694°W / 39.38944; -104.85694