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 Last Friday was the opening night for DHS' troupe 1096 and they recreated "a stylish, stylized and surprisingly moving" production of "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Read the full review from the Durango Herald here.

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 Our children today are faced with so many pressures that we as adults didn’t experience as students years ago.  In addition to achievement expectations driven by mandates from our state and federal governments, our kids face an electronic world that further complicates the pressures of peers.  Whether it is Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter, our kids are constantly barraged with information and new forms of communication.  It used to be difficult enough

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Four DHS DECA members qualified for DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) by placing in the top 5 at the DECA State Leadership Conference (SLC) held at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs February 21-24, 2015.  Two additional students qualified in a nationwide online stock market competition.  The six students advance to DECA’s International Career Development Conference to be held April 24-29, 2015 in Orlando, FL.  The qualifying student

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The following is an emergency message from Durango School District 9-R to all parents, students, and staff.  Due to severe weather conditions, all schools are canceled today, Monday, February 23, 2015. Please watch for additional updates regarding school closures or delays through our emergency notification system, listen to local radio and TV stations, visit our website at or call our information line at (970) 375-3811. We will continue to keep families updated on the school closure or impact on tomorrow’s school schedule through our emergency notification system.

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In anticipation of inclement weather tonight, we wanted to take a moment to remind families of our emergency communications procedures should there be a school closure or delay due to weather. Crews will be out analyzing road conditions early tomorrow morning to allow us to decide the school impact by 5:30 am.  If the weather impacts school openings tomorrow, we will notify families by 6:00am through our emergency notification system, on our website at and through our information line at

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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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