Cheyenne Mountain High School

Cheyenne Mountain High School (CMHS) is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. It is the only high school in Cheyenne Mountain School District 12.[3] Its campus contains several buildings, including a recreation center, library, cafeteria, and an arts building.

Cheyenne Mountain High School
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Cheyenne Mountain High School is located in Colorado
Cheyenne Mountain High School
Cheyenne Mountain High School
Location of school in Colorado
1200 Cresta Road


United States
Coordinates38°48′17″N 104°51′30″W / 38.80472°N 104.85833°W / 38.80472; -104.85833Coordinates: 38°48′17″N 104°51′30″W / 38.80472°N 104.85833°W / 38.80472; -104.85833
School typeComprehensive public high school
School districtCheyenne Mountain 12
CEEB code060268
NCES School ID080294000211[1]
PrincipalDon Fortenberry[2]
Teaching staff79.44 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment1,299 (2018–2019[1])
Student to teacher ratio16.35[1]
Color(s)Maroon and white         
Athletics conferenceCHSAA
Feeder schools
  • Cheyenne Mountain Junior High


In 1872, the town of Colorado Springs was one year old and beginning to thrive. Three miles away, on the banks of Cheyenne Creek, families settled to raise their children and farm the land. Educating children was valued by Daniel Kinsman, Carter Harlan and Marcus Foster. These families built a 12-foot by 12-foot one-room school house on the south side of Cheyenne Creek near present-day Cresta Road. Mary Harlan was the first teacher of Cheyenne School and had nine pupils. The first school year lasted only three months.

By 1874 more families were settling in the area, and a larger school was constructed. At that time the school was officially designated as District 12. The school term was four months in length.

By the 1890s, the school term had been expanded to seven months, and the enrollment at District 12 was 22 students. During this period a trolley system was inaugurated to run from downtown Colorado Springs to the Broadmoor Casino and the Cheyenne Mountain Country Club. This enabled more people to move to the Cheyenne area. The Broadmoor area had become known for its dairy farms.

In 1916, 25-year-old Colorado College graduate Lloyd Shaw was selected to be superintendent, principal, teacher, and coach for Cheyenne Schools. He guided the school in an unusual, creative and sometimes controversial way until 1951. In addition to his strong emphasis on a demanding academic curriculum, Dr. Shaw developed a valuable art collection, wrote plays for students to perform, created a nature preserve, built an observatory and purchased a cabin above Seven Falls for students to hike to on weekends. Shaw is best known for his nationally recognized square dance team. Shaw himself became the foremost square dance caller in the United States, while his dance team performed throughout the nation.

In 1899 a new brick school was erected. In 1906 land was purchased at the location of the current junior high. Four years later a six-room school was built on that site. This school remained until 1968, housing grades 1 through 12. The kindergarten class convened across the street in a southwest-style adobe building.

In 1946 Cheyenne School had a total of 359 students. By 1958 it had grown to 1501 students aided by the opening of three elementary schools in rapid succession: Cañon Elementary, Skyway Park Elementary, and Broadmoor Elementary in 1954, 1955, and 1956 respectively. In 1962 the new Cheyenne Mountain High School was opened at its present location of 1200 Cresta Road. The old high school served as the junior high until 1968, when a junior high building was constructed at the same site.

The growth of Cheyenne Mountain School District exploded in the early 1980s through the 1990s. The fourth elementary, Cheyenne Mountain Elementary, opened in 1985. In 1990 Dr. Harlan Else became the superintendent and guided the district in adding two more elementary schools, Gold Camp and Piñon Valley, as well as additions to the older elementary schools, the high school and the junior high.

In 2004, Cheyenne Mountain School District was designated one of the top 100 school districts in the nation. It is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School.[4] The district is ranked nationally for its renowned fine arts and athletic programs.[5]

In 2016, construction crews finished the process of improving the school by renovating the academic building, athletic fields, and other parts of the school.[6]


Cheyenne Mountain High School's mascot is an American Indian wearing the traditional headdress.


  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Concert Band
  • Jazzy Band 1
  • Jazzy Band 2
  • Woman's choir
  • Concert choir
  • Chorale choir
  • Show Choir (Moonlight Metallics and Dynamix)
  • A cappella groups:
    • Crimson was the International Championship of High School A Capella champions in 2005; runner-up in 2006 and 2007.
    • Slate was the International Championship of High School A Capella runner-up in 2006.


Cheyenne Mountain has many athletics teams. Boys' hockey, girls' and boys' tennis, girls' and boys' cross country, girls' and boys' soccer, girls' and boys' swimming, girls' and boys' lacrosse, girls' field hockey, girls' and boys' track & field, and girls' volleyball are regular state championship contenders.

State championship titles:[7]

  • Baseball: 1958 (A), 1959 (A), 1960 (A), 1962 (A), 2009 (4A), 2011 (4A)
  • Boys' cross country: 2001 (4A), 2010 (4A)
  • Girls' cross country: 2010 (4A)
  • Football: 1964 (4A)
  • Golf: Chase Mercer, 1996; Tom Glissmeyer, 2003 and 2004; 2004 (team, 4A)
  • Cheerleading: 2011 (team 4A)
  • Ice hockey: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004
  • Boys' lacrosse 2018 (4A)
  • Boys' soccer: 1992 (1A-4A), 1995 (3A), 2013 (4A)
  • Girls' soccer: 1997 (3A), 2005 (4A), 2007 (4A), 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019
  • Boys' swimming: 2000 (4A), 2001 (4A), 2002 (4A)
  • Girls' swimming: 2002 (4A)
  • Boys' tennis: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Girls' tennis: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Boys' track and field: 1993 (4A), 1994 (4A), 2011 (4A)
  • Women's volleyball: 2008 (4A), 2009 (4A), 2010 (4A), 2011 (4A), 2015 (4A)
  • Boys' wrestling: Austin Stubaus, 2007; Michael McFadden, 2018 (Individual 4A)
  • Table tennis: 2006
  • Water polo: 2013, 2014

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL (080294000211)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Principal's Message". Cheyenne Mountain School District 12. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Academics & Achievement". Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2010-09-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Cheyenne Mountain High School Expansion and Renovation". GE Johnson. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  7. ^ "State Team Champions" (PDF). Colorado State High School Activities Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-30.
  8. ^ "Colorado Springs native Canyon Barry returns home for draft workout with Nuggets". The Denver Post. 2017-06-15. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  9. ^ "Steve Johnson Bio".
  10. ^ CO Springs Gazette Telegraph, 26 April 1944 / NY Times 27 April 1944,p. 2 / Citation, signed by Henry L Stimson, Secretary of War
  11. ^ Post, John Henderson | The Denver (2009-12-12). "Colorado Springs teen figure skater balances Olympic hopes, scholarly dreams". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2018-12-18.

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