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After a stellar first place finish at the Colorado State Championships, Connor Yates traveled to the 2014 National SkillsUSA Championships to show off his cabinetry skills. The competition was held June 23-27th in Kansas City, MO and featured competitions in 99 different trade, technical, and leadership fields. More than 6,000 students competed, all of them having won their state competitions.

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Over the last 20 years, Durango Education Foundation (DEF) has raised funds to support programs, materials, and technology needs at Durango School District 9-R. In the previous year, their generous funding totaled nearly $100,000, which went to support our students inside and outside the classroom by providing for everything from technology and student travel to arts education and scholarships for our graduates.

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Durango High School and Miller Middle School have obtained International Baccalaureate World School status after completing the rigorous application process and the required training and implementation of the program’s pedagogy at Miller Middle School and in the Atlas small learning community at DHS. MMS and DHS are now members of an ever-growing global community of 1,094 schools offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) in 96 different countries.

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Many people may not know, but when you refer to Thespian, it is not some strange new-age band, but rather it is a humorous reference to an actor or actress, or as Webster puts it, “of or relating to drama and the theater”.  Now that we are on the same page, our very own DHS Thespians took on the state competition in December 2013.  They performed so well, they earned a coveted spot at the national competition in Lincoln, Nebraska, where no less than 600 s

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Durango School District 9-R announces new administrative hires that are occurring at both the school level and at the district office.  The school district is privileged to introduce the following new employees, who will be working with other district leaders to ensure that the district is a leader in the region for innovation and excellence.

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,600
  • 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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