Cherokee Trail High School

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Cherokee Trail High School
Cherokee Trail High School (logo).jpg
Location
25901 East Arapahoe Road
Aurora, Colorado 80016

Information
TypeHigh School (Secondary Education)
Established2003
School districtCherry Creek (Public)
PrincipalKim Rauh
Grades9-12 (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior)
Enrollment2,600
Color(s)Burgundy & Navy         
Athletics conference5A - Centennial
MascotCougar
Website
 
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Cherokee Trail High School
Cherokee Trail High School (logo).jpg
Location
25901 East Arapahoe Road
Aurora, Colorado 80016

Information
TypeHigh School (Secondary Education)
Established2003
School districtCherry Creek (Public)
PrincipalKim Rauh
Grades9-12 (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior)
Enrollment2,600
Color(s)Burgundy & Navy         
Athletics conference5A - Centennial
MascotCougar
Website

Cherokee Trail High School is a public secondary-educational institution located in the eastern portion of the city of Aurora, Colorado. It is the sixth high school in the Cherry Creek School District and the largest high school (by area) on the Western side of the Mississippi River. Cherokee Trail is an International Baccalaureate certified school.[1]

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Academics

Cherokee Trail offers various academic opportunities for students. The school is one of two International Baccalaureate certified high schools in the Cherry Creek School District and it also offers a selection of Advanced Placement courses. In the 2006-2007 school year CTHS was rated "High" (out of Unsatisfactory, Low, Average, High and Excellent) by the Colorado Department of Education for the High School level.[2] The school consistently scores above the state average in all subjects and grades for the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) tests. Cherokee Trail juniors that take the ACT college admissions test (it is a Colorado mandate that all juniors take the ACT test), also consistently score at or near both the state and national averages.

Athletics

Cherokee Trail offers many boys and girls sports including football, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, swim, tennis, etc. CTHS competes in the 5A league for sports.

Cherokee Trail is home to Legacy Stadium. It is the largest school stadium in Colorado. The stadium boasts an advanced artificial grass field, ticket booths, cable broadcasting cameras, and A/V equipment, as well as modern architecture. The campus also has a 25-yard swimming pool and a 12-foot diving well with two one-meter diving boards, multiple tennis courts, soccer fields, and baseball diamonds.

Cherokee Trail swimmers won the 100 yard Breaststroke at both the 2006 and 2007 CHSAA Boys 4A Swim and Dive State Championships.[3]

On May 19, 2007, both the Boys Track and Baseball teams won the Colorado State Championship in their respective sports.[4][5]

In 2012, the Cherokee Trail Poms team took first in the jazz division at the Centennial League competition. The Cheer team took first in the Co-Ed division at league. Both teams competed at state. The Poms team is ranked 5th in state, and the Cheer team is ranked 3rd.

In the 2012-2013 High School Football season, the CTHS football team held a record of 12-2. They were Centennial League champions. On December 1, 2012, the football team played in CHSAA's 5A state championship at Sports Authority Field at Mile High where they lost 9-0 to Valor Christian High School. The team is currently ranked 238 in the nation and 2nd in state.

Performing Arts

Cherokee Trail is known for its rising Performing Arts program. Every year, the school produces one fall drama, one spring musical, and a compilation of student written and directed one acts. Additionally, the department presents an annual showcase of solos, duets, and various choirs, sponsored by the CTHS Tri-M Music Honor Society. In the 2004-2005 school year, the Performing Arts Department produced its first fall drama, "John Lennon and Me". Afterwards, the department produced its first musical, "Grease", which proved to be a large success.

During the 2005-2006 school year, the school produced "Inherit the Wind" as its fall play and "The Wizard of Oz" as its spring musical.

The school year of 2006-2007 saw a Student Written and Directed Thespian Show, "The Great Ice Heist," come to fruition. Following that, the fall show, "All in the Timing" and the spring musical, "South Pacific" were also performed. The season closed with another thespian- produced play in the spring, "The Diary of Anne Frank."

The 2007-2008 school year began with the acclaimed comedy, "Charley's Aunt," and the highly successful "Beauty and the Beast." The Performing Arts department also saw the Student Written/Directed One Acts return in the Spring, as well as the First Annual Variety Show Performing Arts Showcase.

The 2008-2009 season included Neil Simon's "Fools" as the fall play, as well as Alan Menken's "Little Shop of Horrors" as the spring musical, both of which were critically acclaimed.

In the 2009-2010 school year, the Performing Arts Department kicked off their theatrical season with Rodger's and Hammerstein's "Cinderella." Afterward, the department performed "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," ending their spring season with the Annual Student Directed One Acts.

Cherokee Trail is the home of the International Thespian Society Troupe #6971, and has played host to a number of notable Thespians, including Colorado State Thespian State Student Officers and International Thespian Officers. In December 2010, CTHS Senior Jeremiah Light will perform in the first ever Colorado All State Musical Production: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at the Wells Fargo Theatre in downtown Denver.

Also, the school's Pep Band and Drumline's "Trombone Suicides" and "Headchops" are a point of pride among the student body to the point where Drumline performances and Suicides are requested by the student body at assemblies and other student gatherings (i.e. sporting events, fundraisers, tailgates)

Activities

Cherokee Trail High School offers more than 40 clubs including National Honor Society, Speech and Debate, Model United Nations, and others such as Spanish Club or Ping Pong Club. There are interests clubs as well including Red Cross Club, Amnesty International, and Students Advocating Change. Annually, the schools sponsors activities such as dances that include Prom or Homecoming. In addition, there are multiple weeks during which the school sponsors specific issues. For example, during World Awareness Week, the school raises awareness on foreign issues, and also holds a "Wish Week" where all money raised during the week is donated to the Make-a-Wish foundation, and Awareness Week.

References

  1. ^ "Cherokee Trail High School". IB World Schools. International Baccalaureate Organization. http://ibo.org/school/002292/. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "Cherokee Trail High School". GreatSchools Inc. 2008. http://www.greatschools.org/modperl/achievement/co/2295#from..Tab. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  3. ^ "Past State Championships". CHSAA Web Site. Colorado High School Activities Association. http://www.chsaa.org/sports/swimming/PastBoysStateSwimmingResults.zip.
  4. ^ Willis, Paul (March 5, 2008). "Class 4A baseball league outlook". Rocky Mountain News. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/mar/05/class-4a-baseball-league-outlook/. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "Boys track class 4A notebook". Rocky Mountain News. March 5, 2008. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/mar/05/boys-track-class-4a-notebook/. Retrieved September 27, 2010.

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