General William J. Palmer High School
|General William J. Palmer High School|
|301 North Nevada Avenue Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Motto||A Tradition of Excellence|
|School district||Colorado Springs School District 11|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Color(s)||Brown and white|
|Affiliation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
General William J. Palmer High School is a secondary school located in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. The school has a student population of approximately 2,000 students, and attracts enrollment from all over the city. The flagship high school of School District 11, Palmer has the oldest International Baccalaureate (IB) program in the area, founded in 1991.
Palmer High School is located at 301 North Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. The present building was built by the Works Progress Administration under Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. Originally named Colorado Springs High School, Palmer High School was renamed in 1959 after the city's founder, General William Jackson Palmer. At that date, the city had expanded enough to warrant the building of a second high school, Roy J. Wasson High School.
In 1945, a Native American student, Don Willis, designed Eaglebeak, a caricature of a fictitious Indian chieftain, and the school's teams became the Terrors. In 1985 a local political hopeful criticized the mascot as racist, making Palmer one of the first cases of controversy over a Native American mascot in the United States. Despite the fact that the politician, having lost the election, later publicly apologized to the student body and retracted the charge of racism, the damage was done and Eaglebeak was not to return. In the following years, Palmer experimented with a variety of mascots, to include a two-month flirtation with the Tasmanian devil from Warner Brothers, which nearly led to a lawsuit.[third-party source needed]
Palmer's Mock Trial program won the Southern Colorado Regional Competition in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015; the Colorado State Competition in 2009 and 2013; and took 14th place in the National High School Mock Trial Tournament in 2013.
In 2016 senior Doe Schall, a genderqueer student, along with others from the school's Gay-Straight-Trans Alliance, lobbied school officials for gender-inclusive bathrooms due to the discrimination experienced by transgender students. Palmer was the first high school in Southern Colorado to have gender-inclusive bathrooms.
Notable alumni of Palmer High School include:
- Patricia Louise Dudley (1947, as Colorado Springs High School), zoologist specializing in copepods
- Robert M. Isaac (1945, as Colorado Springs High School), mayor of Colorado Springs
- Ray Jardine (1961), rock climber, adventurer, inventor of "Friends" spring-loaded camming device
- Cassandra Peterson (1969), actress; played Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
- Robert L. Gordon III, (1975) Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
- Chris Fowler (1980), host of ESPN's College Gameday
- Lance Armstrong (graduated elsewhere)
- Reggie Jackson (2008), basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA
- "About Palmer High School". d11.org. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
- "Media & Press". coloradohighschoolmocktrial.com.
- "2013 Championship Results". nationalmocktrial.org.
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- Brian Gomez (August 10, 2007). "Armstrong shares the importance of cycling to children at fundraiser". The Gazette.[permanent dead link]
- "Robert L. Gordon III". defense.gov. Archived from the original on April 13, 2015.
- "Player Bio: Reggie Jackson". Boston College Official Athletic Site. Archived from the original on September 8, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
- Official Palmer High School website
- CSHS/Palmer Alumni Association
- "Student's art battle winds up unifying", Mark Arnest, The Gazette (May 20, 2005)
- "Class dismissed: Planned Parenthood ejected from District 11 schools", deYoanna, Michael, The Independent (February 24, 2005)