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Durango High School DECA recognized two business people as 2015 Friends of DECA. Each year, the Friends of DECA is awarded to two individuals in the Durango Community. This year, the award recipients are Julie Snider-Popp and Kyle Hartley. On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Julie Snider-Popp, Durango 9-R School District Public Information Officer and Marketing Director, was recognized for her outstanding work in raising DECA awareness in the Durango community.

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Earlier this month, the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado Boulder announced that Durango High School was one of 17 schools selected to receive the “School of Opportunity” designation.

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On Monday, May 18, 2015 Durango High School hosted their Senior Awards Night, which recognized 42 seniors for receiving a combined total of over $2 million in scholarships and awards, including a National Merit Scholarship. They also recognized students in the top 10% of the senior class, and inducted students into the school Academic Hall of Fame. To see a full list of scholarships and recognitions, click on the PDFs below.

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We're excited to celebrate the extraordinary performance of the "Bumfuzzlers" at the global competition for Destination Imagination. The Bumfuzzlers, a team from Riverview Elementary, finished second out of 82 teams. Each team was there as a state champion in the United States or as a national champion from a foreign country. Congratulations to team members Shaw Kassay, Harrison Beattie, Anna McCulloch, Kenzie Galloway, Grace Holst, and Emy Mattox, and Avery Hand!

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Durango High School choir members enjoyed another successful year in the DHS vocal music program. The 2014-15 school year saw DHS vocalists selected to sing with local and state level choirs. Some highlights from the past year include:

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,500
  • Teachers: 294
    • 12 Years Avg Experience
    • 61% with Master's Degree
  • Support Staff: 193
  • Schools:
    • 7 Elementary Schools
    • 2 Middle Schools
    • 2 High Schools
    • Area Served: 1,039 sq miles

Our Mission

The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning and has the ability to compete and contribute in the global community, by guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.

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