The History of Arvada High School in Colorado

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    The Early History of Arvada High School - Colorado

  • Arvada One Room School House

    In 1882, a brick school house, still standing today, replaced the wooden frame building on Olde Wadsworth Boulevard. From 1882-1884, the Arvada School continued with one teacher and an average daily attendance of 28 to 41 students. Eudora Royce and Eva A. Burgess were teachers during this time.
  • North School was built

    In 1885 the North School was built near 68th Avenue and Salisbury Street; the dividing line for attendance was Ralston Creek. Arvada now had two schools.
  • Grades 8+ are added

    Grades 8+ are added
    In May 1892, to serve a growing student population, John Juchem made a motion to build a new school. Clearly, the people saw the need for education beyond the eighth grade. "The city fathers really wanted their children to be educated," stated Jane Gardner, a long-time resident of Arvada.
  • Secrest Named Principal

    By 1896, Charles F. Secrest was hired as principal, provided he also serve as teacher for pupils above the eight grade. Arvada High School had begun under the direction of Mr. Secrest and teacher Mr. J. L. Donahue. High School curriculum was taught to seven students who were enrolled during the school year 1899-1900.
  • Arvada School Built - High School Student Upstairs

    In 1900, a two-story structure, with upper classmen in attendance on the second floor, opened on Grandview Avenue and Williams Street (now Zephyr). The school was originally called Arvada School and was later named Lawrence Elementary after beloved teacher Helen E. Lawrence. Enrollment grew from seven high school students in 1900 to twenty-one in 1904.
  • Girls' Basketball Champions

    Arvada High School took Girls' Basketball Suburban League Championship in 1909.
  • War Training and War Gardens Manditory Activities and Classes

  • Boys' Basketball Champions