Salida High School

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Salida High School
26 Jones Ave.
Salida, Colorado, 81201
United States
Coordinates 38°31′33″N 105°59′47″W / 38.52596°N 105.99646°W / 38.52596; -105.99646Coordinates: 38°31′33″N 105°59′47″W / 38.52596°N 105.99646°W / 38.52596; -105.99646
School type Public, senior high school
Established 1975
Principal Tami Thompson[1]
Enrollment 318
Color(s)              Purple, white, and black (unofficial)
Mascot Spartan
Newspaper The Tenderfoot Times

Salida High School (SHS) is the public high school of the city of Salida, Colorado, United States.[1] Its colors are purple, black and white, and its mascot is the Spartan.

The enrollment for the 2011–2012 school year was 318. Just a few years previously, enrollment had stood at 400. It still remains the largest high school serving the southern part of Chaffee County.[2]


When Salida was founded as a railroad town in 1880, the demand for public education arose. The tow's first high school was built in 1891 as a temporary school. The first major high school, Salida High School, opened its doors in 1910. The campus burned in a fire in 1962.[3]

New campus[edit]

In early 2011, plans for a new high school arose, and a bond was passed in the community with overwhelming support. In May 2011, construction crews broke ground, and a much larger campus is currently underway. In July 2012, all of the old campus with the exception of the historic Kesner Building was demolished. The project was expected to be completed by late summer 2012.[4][needs update]


SHS has won over seven state championships from CHSAA sanctioned sports and events.

SHS competes in AAA, Tri-Peaks, along with Buena Vista High School, Classical Academy, Colorado Springs Christian School, Florence High School and Manitou Springs High School.[5]

State championships[6]
Season Sport Number of championships Year
Fall Football 5 1974, 1971, 1935, 1934, 1933
Cross country, boys' 1 2009
Soccer, boys' 1 2004
Winter Basketball, boys' 2 1964, 1961
Spring Track, boys' 1 1997
Total 10

Notable alumni[edit]