Fowler School District R4J

Fowler School District R4J is a school district headquartered in Fowler, Colorado. It operates two schools: Fowler Elementary School and Fowler Jr./Sr. High School.

Fowler School District R4J
600 West Eugene Avenue
, Colorado, 81039
United States
Coordinates38°07′41″N 104°01′46″W / 38.127980°N 104.029420°W / 38.127980; -104.029420Coordinates: 38°07′41″N 104°01′46″W / 38.127980°N 104.029420°W / 38.127980; -104.029420
District information
SuperintendentAlfie Lotrich
NCES District ID0804110[1]
Students and staff
Student–teacher ratio10.77[1]
Other information

It serves students in northwestern Otero County and a small section of Pueblo County.[2]


Education in the Fowler area dates back to 1887, when the first documented school met about a mile southeast of the center of town with Miss Grace Fenlason as teacher. A school board was established around 1889. Fowler voters approved a bond to build a permanent schoolhouse in 1901.[3] Fowler School District 26 was organized in 1903, the same year that the high school saw its first graduate.[4] By 1906, students were being educated at the school in Fowler and a schoolhouse in Omer.[5]

A reorganization in 1961 created Fowler School District R4j and brought in superintendent Larry Vibber, who had been the superintendent in nearby Sugar City prior to Crowley County school districts being reorganized and consolidated. A new high school was constructed in 1964.


  • Jearl Nunnelee
  • Larry Vibber (1962 - 2009)[6]
  • Steve Grasmick
  • Alfie Lotrich (2017-)[7]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

The Fowler Grizzlies compete in Colorado High School Activities Association sports in the 2A classification and 8-man football. Brent Van Hee is among the 29 four-time state wrestling champions in Colorado with titles won from 1983 to 1986.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Fowler School District No. R4J". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2022-03-05.
  2. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Pueblo County, CO." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Fowler Votes School Bonds". La Junta Tribune. 22 June 1901. p. 3.
  4. ^ "News of Fowler". La Junta Tribune. 18 April 1903. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Fowler's School System". Fowler Tribune. 26 Jan 1906. p. 6.
  6. ^ Culver, Virginia (4 August 2009). "Fowler school chief served 47 years". Denver Post.
  7. ^ "Board chooses superintendent". Fowler Tribune. 17 February 2017. Archived from the original on 24 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Four-time state wrestling champions in Colorado". Colorado High School Activities Association. 23 July 2021.

External linksEdit