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.
Columbine High School
opened in the fall of 1973; there was no senior class in its first year. The school's first graduating class was the class of 1975. Columbine was named after the unincorporated
community of Columbine, Colorado
; where it is located, which in turn is named after the state flower of Colorado: the columbine
. Its first principal was Gerald Difford.
The official school colors are blue and silver. The colors were selected through a vote by students at Ken Caryl Junior High School and Bear Creek High School who would be the first students to attend Columbine High School when the school opened in 1973.
A school shooting took place on April 20
, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
killed 12 students and one teacher, and wounded 24 others
, before taking their own lives. The massacre made headlines around the world, making Columbine a household name, and causing a moral panic
in American high schools.
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.
The school was also home to the highest ranked cheerleading squad to ever come out of Colorado, placing 4th at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships in 2003.
The school most recently won the 2006 Colorado 5A State Football Championship at Invesco Field at Mile High
against Mullen High School
The team has won the 5A State Football Championships in 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2006.
of Columbine High School include: