Montezuma-Cortez High School

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Montezuma-Cortez High School
Montezuma-Cortez High School Logo.jpg
206 W 7th St.
Cortez, Colorado
United States
Type Public high school
School district Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1
Principal Jason Wayman[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 698[2] (2013–14)
Orange, black, and white
Athletics conference CHSAA 4A/5A Southwestern and 3A Western Slope
Mascot Panthers

Montezuma-Cortez High School (MCHS) is a public senior high school located in Cortez, Colorado, United States, serving 721 students in grades 9–12. It is part of the Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1.

The first high school was constructed in Cortez in 1909. The Cortez School (known as the Calkins School) became a junior high school in 1946, when Montezuma County High School opened. The next Montezuma-Cortez High School was constructed on 14-acres in 1967, and the old high school became the middle school. The Calkins School served as an administration building. The new $33.9 million high school broke ground December 21, 2013 on a 35-acres site and was completed in the summer of 2015 through generous donations and grants from the community and state.


Student body statistics[edit]

In 2013 the student body makeup was 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment was 49 percent.

Montezuma-Cortez High School is one of two high schools in the Montezuma-Cortez School District No. Re-1.[3]

White 51%
Native American 25%
Hispanic 19%
Two or more races 4%
Black <1%
Asian <1%


The MCHS Marching Band has been a finalist in the state competition in 30 years of the past 31. MCHS also has a strong choir, and symphonic and jazz bands, all of which consistently receive superior ratings at festivals. Besides sporting events, the marching band can be seen in parades such as the Christmas Parade of Lights in downtown Cortez and has journeyed to such places as Washington, D.C., Boston, Rhode Island, and Portland.


In baseball and boys' basketball, MCHS competes in the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), 5A/4A Southwestern Conference with Durango High School, Montrose High School, Fruita Monument High School, Grand Junction High School, and Central High School.[4][5]

In football and soccer, MCHS competes in the 3A Western Slope Conference, which includes Battle Mountain High School, Delta High School, Eagle Valley High School, Glenwood Springs High School, Moffat County High School, Palisade High School, Rifle High School, and Steamboat Springs High School.

Montezuma-Cortez state championships[edit]

MCHS has captured three state championships, two in 4A and one in 2A.[6]

State championships
Season Sport Number State champions/class
Winter Basketball, boys' 2 2002 (4A), 1962 (2A)
Spring Track and field, girls' 1 1992 (4A)

Wrestling individual state champions[edit]

Montezuma-Cortez High School has captured 12 individual state titles as of the 2014 season.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Montezuma-Cortez High School website
  2. ^ a b "Montezuma-cortez High School". School Directory Information. National Center for Education Statistic. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  3. ^ U.S. News & World Report/Education
  4. ^ "Baseball standings". CHSAANow. Colorado High School Activities Association. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Boys' Basketball Standings". CHSAANow. Colorado High School Activities Association. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAANOW)
  7. ^

Coordinates: 37°20′32″N 108°35′17″W / 37.3421°N 108.5880°W / 37.3421; -108.5880