Columbine High School is a secondary school in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado. The school is located at 6201 South Pierce Street, one mile west of the Littleton city limits and half a mile south of the Denver city/county line. "Littleton" is indicated in the school's postal address because its ZIP code, 80123, is primarily associated with that city. However, the school is part of the Jefferson County Public Schools district and not the Littleton Public Schools system. The current principal is Frank DeAngelis.
Columbine High School was the site of the fourth deadliest school massacre in modern United States history, which took place April 20, 1999. The massacre was preceded and followed by the University of Texas Massacre and the Virginia Tech Massacre respectively.
After the shooting, classes at Columbine were held at nearby Chatfield High School for the remaining three weeks of that school year.
The school had undergone a massive remodeling four years before the shooting, adding a new library and cafeteria. After the massacre, Columbine demolished its library, located above the cafeteria, since it was the site where most of the deaths took place. The site was then turned into a memorial ceiling and atrium; a new, larger library was built on the hill where the shooting began and dedicated to the memory of the victims.
EDITORIAL : ZERO TOLERANCE!; FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE SCHOOL SHOOTING AT COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL, NEW RULES FOR STUDENT BEHAVIOR.(Editorial)(Editorial)
Aug 17, 1999; IN the four months since two suicidal teen-agers shot up Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., educators have tried to...