William C. Hinkley High School

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William C. Hinkley High School
1250 Chambers Road, Aurora, Colorado
Coordinates 39°44′05″N 104°48′31″W / 39.73467°N 104.80866°W / 39.73467; -104.80866Coordinates: 39°44′05″N 104°48′31″W / 39.73467°N 104.80866°W / 39.73467; -104.80866
Motto A Flight above the Rest
Established 1963
School district Aurora Public Schools
Principal Matthew Willis
Faculty 88 (2007)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1726 (2007)[1]
Color(s) Cadet blue and silver         
Athletics 5A
Athletics conference Skyline League
Mascot Thunderbirds
Information 303-340-1500

William C. Hinkley High School or simply Hinkley High School is a public high school in Aurora, Colorado, United States. It is one of five high schools in Aurora Public Schools. In 2007, Hinkley was ranked within the top 1000 public high schools in the United States by Newsweek.[2]

Hinkley's student newspaper is The Talon.

IB Programme[edit]

Hinkley is home to one of the district's few International Baccalaureate programmes,[3] and one of only a handful to offer an IB Human Rights course.[4]

In order to ease the 150-hour community service requirement of the IB Programme, a student organization known as the Landmines Task Force was created. The group raises money and awareness regarding the international landmine problem, donating through the United Nations Association's Adopt-A-Minefield to help eradicate landmines in Mozambique. To date[when?], the group has raised over $20,000.[5] The program was started by IB HL African History teacher Christine Sundberg in the 2003/2004 school year; the program has ceased to exist since the 2008/2009 school year.


Hinkley's free/reduced lunch rate is 62% of the students.[6]


  • 1997 Colorado State 4A football champions
  • 1979 Colorado State 4A Baseball Champions

Notable alumni[edit]


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