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Bear Creek High School is located in the southwest corner of Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of the greater Denver metro area. It is one of 18 high schools in Jefferson County.

Bear Creek High School
Bear Creek High School (completed 2009)
9800 West Dartmouth Place


Coordinates39°39′28″N 105°6′28″W / 39.65778°N 105.10778°W / 39.65778; -105.10778Coordinates: 39°39′28″N 105°6′28″W / 39.65778°N 105.10778°W / 39.65778; -105.10778
Established1920 (1920)
School districtJefferson County Public Schools
CEEB code061043
Staff141 (as of 2006–07)[1]
Enrollment1,594 (2016–17)[2]
School color(s)Forest green and gold [3]
AthleticsCHSAA 5A
Athletics conferenceJefferson County League
PublicationBear Creek Television Network
NewspaperBear Facts

The school colors are forest green, gold, and white. The mascot is a bear. The principal is Lynn Torr. There are 1,634 students as of October 2018,[4] along with 87 full-time teachers.[5] It is a Class 5A Athletic Program and has over 34 clubs and activities.



Bear Creek Consolidation School[6]

Bear Creek High School was established in 1894 as the Montana School.[7][8] The school was a single room that served elementary grades one through eight. It was not until 1920 that the neighboring community decided to consolidate, thus giving the region its first high school.[9] Before the school was built, all students planning to continue their education either had to live in or commute to schools in Denver.[10]

The Bear Creek Consolidated school combined five elementary school school districts. The four other schools were Montana School, Lakeview, Midway and Mount Carbon.[10]

The first class in 1923 consisted of five graduates. From this point on, the school was known as the Bear Creek Consolidated School.[9]

By 1950, all of the schools in Jefferson County had been consolidated and became the Jefferson County School District R-1.[8]

The class of 1952 became the first to graduate in the newly named Bear Creek High School.[8]

Although a fire in 1959 destroyed the original structure, classes were still held in the gymnasium. The new building was built just east of where the current school stands.[8] This building stood for nearly 57 years until a new building, completed in 2009, was built where the original Consolidated School once stood.[11]

Bear Creek 1962–2009[12]

On April 22, 2008, during the construction of the new building, Bear Creek High School students experienced another major fire that damaged a gymnasium and several classrooms.[13] After further investigation, it was determined that the fire was an act of arson by two unnamed Bear Creek students.[14] The cause of the fire was an discarded cigarette which caught an exercise mat on fire. This was the second fire within a year at a Jefferson County school. On June 1 at Weber Elementary School a fire that was determined to also be arson, caused nearly $65 million in total damages.[14]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Bear Creek High School School Accountability Report 2006-2007 School Year" (PDF). Colorado Department of Education. 2007-10-19.
  2. ^ "BEAR CREEK HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "JEFFCO Public Schools - Bear Creek High Profile". Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Demographics: Bear Creek High" (PDF). JEFFCO Public Schools. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Bear Creek High School Overview". US News.
  6. ^ "Bear Tracks 1947-1948" (PDF). Bear Creek Foundation. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. ^ "BCHS History". Bear Creek High School. Archived from the original on 28 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d "Bear Creek High School Community Foundation". Bear Creek Foundation. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Bear Creek High School Community Foundation History". Bear Creek Foundation. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  10. ^ a b Wilcox, Patricia (1994). Lakewood, Colorado: An Illustrated Biography. Lakewood, Colorado: Lakewood's 25th Anniversary Commission. p. 34. ISBN 0-9641751-1-8.
  11. ^ "Bear Creek High School Construction Overview". JEFFCO Public Schools. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  12. ^ "BCHS History". Bear Creek High School. Archived from the original on 28 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Fire at Bear Creek High School Extinguished". The Denver Channel. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  14. ^ a b Schrader, Ann. "Arson Gutted Bear Creek High Gym". The Denver Post. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Dennis Rasmussen". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Jeremiah Sirles". Chargers. Archived from the original on 14 August 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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