Standley Lake High School

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Standley Lake High School
9300 West 104th Avenue,
Westminster CO 80021

United States
Coordinates 39°53′02″N 105°06′00″W / 39.884°N 105.1°W / 39.884; -105.1Coordinates: 39°53′02″N 105°06′00″W / 39.884°N 105.1°W / 39.884; -105.1
Type Public secondary school
Established 1988
School district Jefferson County School District R-1
Principal Jeff Pierson
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1330[1]
Blue, green and white
Athletics 4A[1]
Athletics conference Jefferson County
Mascot Gators
Newspaper The Lake
Alumni [1]
Information 303-982-3311

Standley Lake High School is a public secondary school operated by Jefferson County School District R-1 in Westminster, Colorado, United States. The school is located near 104th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard and is named for nearby Standley Lake. The high school opened in 1988 and a new addition to the southeast corner was opened in 2002.

Area rivalries include Pomona High School and Ralston Valley High School in Arvada and Broomfield High School in Broomfield. The school's male athletic teams include baseball, basketball, football, swimming/diving, cross country, soccer, golf, wrestling, hockey, track, and tennis. Female athletic teams include basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.

In 2007, after the shootings at Virginia Tech, students at Standley Lake founded an event called Day Without Hate.[2] They asked their classmates to wear white in order to show a commitment and trust in each other to make their school a safer place. The day was an overwhelming success. Since then, over 100,000 students across Colorado and the United States take part in Day Without Hate to show that they will not tolerate violence or hate, and they will reach out to friends and acquaintances and say, "We're all in this together."

In 2013, PeaceJam, a non-profit organization that connects students with Nobel Peace Laureates, awarded Standley Lake its annual Global Call to Action Hero Award for the school's efforts around Day Without Hate. Nobel Laureate Betty Williams visited the school to give the prize to the students.[3][4]

The school is recognized for its award-winning extra-curricular programs. The FCCLA has earned the school accolades at the state and national level.[5] The school's newsmagazine, The Lake, has won numerous state and national awards from the Colorado High School Press Association and the National Scholastic Press Association.[6][7]

The school made national headlines on January 27, 2014, after a 16-year-old student, Vincent Nett, set himself on fire in the cafeteria in an apparent suicide attempt, according to police. Nett initially survived the attempt, but suffered burns on 80 percent of his body, 40 percent of which were third degree. He eventually died of his injuries around 5:00 PM on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at an area hospital (many patients with such extensive burns, even in good contemporary care, ultimately do not survive due to shock, electrolyte imbalances and dehydration, and serious infection, or sepsis).[8][9][10]

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