Overland High School

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Overland High School
12400 East Jewell Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80012
Type Public secondary school
Motto "Success for Every Student"
Established 1978
Principal Leon Lundie
Enrollment 2,211 [1]
Color(s) Navy blue and Kelly green         
Mascot Trailblazer

Overland High School, located in Aurora, Colorado, and part of the Cherry Creek School District, opened in 1978. Overland High School is a comprehensive public, suburban, college-oriented institution. Overland High School is accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges and by the Colorado State Department of Education. Overland High School was selected to be on Newsweek America's Top High Schools 2010 list.

Construction has been completed for a state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or IST Center. The IST center is built on the esplanade between Prairie Middle School and Overland High School. The 58,000-square-foot (5,400 m2) center opened in August 2011. It serves 6th through 12th graders. Programming includes the following areas of concentration for students providing opportunities to compete for global opportunities leading to careers in Aerospace, Bio science, Energy, Medicine and Information Technology.[2]


In 2012-2013 the number of students enrolled in Overland High School was 2,211.

Overland is one of the most diverse schools not only in Colorado, but also in the United States.

  • 40.2% African American
  • 30.9% White
  • 22% Hispanic
  • 6.22% Asian
  • 0.7% American Indian[3]


Class of 2013

  • Three Daniel's Fund Scholarship Awardees

Class of 2012

  • Gates Millennium Scholarship Recipient

Class of 2010

  • One National Merit Scholar
  • One National Merit Finalist
  • Two National Merit Semifinalists
  • Two National Merit Commended students
  • One National Hispanic Scholar[3]


Overland High School has an up-and-coming AP Department. Advanced placement classes are offered in the English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, World Language, and Visual Art Departments. Overland offers the following Advanced Placement Classes:


AP English Language & Composition (11th grade)
AP English Literature & Composition (12th grade)

Social Studies

AP Human Geography (9-12)
AP Psychology (11-12)
AP U.S. Government and Politics (10)
AP Comparative Government (12)
AP U.S. History (11)
AP World History (12)


AP Statistics (11-12)
AP Calculus AB (based on math scores)
AP Calculus BC (based on math scores)


AP Environmental Science
AP Biology (10-12)
AP Chemistry (10-12)
AP Physics B (10-12)
AP Physics C (must have taken a previous physics course)

World Language: based on acceleration

AP French Language
AP Spanish Language & Culture
AP Spanish Literature


AP Computer Science A
AP Studio Art
AP Art History

Clubs and activities[edit]

The following is a list of all clubs and activities available to participate in at Overland High School:[4]

Advanced Acting

African American Male Leadership

Anime Club

Arabic Club

Art Club

Black Women's Leadership

BSA (Black Student Alliance)

Chess Club

Computer Club

DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)

Diversity Club/GSA

Drama Club

Dream High (Asian Pop Culture Dance)

ECA (Eastern Culture Awareness "Ohana")

Environment Club

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)

FCCLA (Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America)

FIRST Robotics Team

French Club

Guitar Club

Hip Hop Club

Interact Club

International Thespian Society

Link Crew

Literary Magazine

Marching Band and Color Guard

Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta)

Men's Health Club (MHC)

MSA (Muslim Student Association)

NHS (National Honor Society)

Newspaper (The Scout)

NUTS (Never Underestimate The Spirit)

OTV (Overland Television)

Pre-Med Club

Props and Costumes Crew

Science Club

Skills Club

Spanish Club (Danza Amigos) / Spanish Honor Society

Speech and Debate

Step Team

Student Council/Student Government

Techies (Theater Tech)

Tepochcalli (Latino/Latina Leadership)

TSA (Technology Student Association)

Yearbook (The Trail)


Football Team[edit]

Overland High School won the Colorado 6A State Championship in 1993, and made it to the 5A state Championship in 1995, 2003.

Cross Country[edit]

The Overland Cross Country team made their first appearance in a decade at the Colorado State Championships during the 2012 season. They finished 25th.


Overland High School won the Colorado 3A State Championship in 1990 and again in 2015


The men's soccer team won the 5A State Championship in 1995. Centennial league champions 2006. J.V coach Ed Davis Varsity coach Mazen Kayali


The track team was Centennial League Champions in 2007, and ranked third in the state. Jeremy Rankin of Overland High School was the 2008 National prep leader in the 60m dash, and also named Gatorade Athlete of the Year.[citation needed] Rankin held the Colorado State record in the 100 meter dash at 10.32, but it was broken in 2012.[5][6] Overland High School also set the Colorado State record in the 4 by 100 meter relay in 2007.[5][6]


In 2009-11 Overlands gymnastics team won state.[citation needed] And again they won state in 2011-2012. Overland's boys gymnastics teams were ranked number 1 in the nation in 1986 and 1987 and won three state gymnastics championships between 1985 and 1987. The women's gymnastics team was the first team at Overland to win a state championship.


The Poms team won state* in the fall of 2010 and 2011 going for back-to-back championships. In 2011-2012 they went on to nationals and ended up placing eleventh in the nation.


Won Men's 5A State Championship in 2015

Media Events[edit]

  • Jay Bennish's comparison of President George W. Bush to Hitler
  • Human Unity Circle on Earth Day[7]
  • Conflict between student run newspaper and administration[8]
  • Carly "Crunk Bear" McKinney fiasco [9]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "School Profile". cherrycreekschools.org. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ [1], Cherry Creek Schools,
  3. ^ a b [2]
  4. ^ "Activities & Clubs". Cherry Creek School District. 
  5. ^ a b "Rankin breaks record in 100, but loses in 200". Rocky Mountain News. May 20, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Colorado All-Classification Track Records". MileSplit. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Students form human chain". 9news.com. April 22, 2008. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57576205-504083/carly-mckinney-racy-twitter-pix-get-colo-teacher-nixed/
  10. ^ "Scott Bentley". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ "T.J. Cunningham". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Brian Kelly". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Sean Moran". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Brian Givens Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°40′49.31″N 104°50′34.92″W / 39.6803639°N 104.8430333°W / 39.6803639; -104.8430333