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Students in Digital Photography classes at Durango High School are participating in this year's Festival of Trees which is held downtown at the train depot museum. The theme of the tree is, "100 Photographs.” It is decorated in 100 fine art photos created by students this semester. The tree will be raffled off to raise money for Community Connections in Durango.

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Congratulations to DHS teacher Jennifer Johnson, and her basecamp student team, for earning this incredible grant from Parks and Rec to build an all access playground in Durango! You are an inspiration and we are all so proud.

Click here to read more about the plans for the park. 

The Durango School District 9-R administration building will be closed to the public Wednesday, November 26th through the 28th. We will return to the offices on Monday, December 1st. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

At 10:15am today, Sunnyside lost power due to an off-campus traffic accident.  The school’s water is on a pressurized well system and the school maintained water pressure until 10:45 am.  Students and staff remained engaged in their regular daily schedule and lunch was served as scheduled.  At 11:45 am, no update on progress was available as to the return of power and we prepared to activate the district's emergency response system.

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Durango Troupe 1096's production of Les Miserables has been selected to be featured on the Main Stage of the 2014 Colorado State Thespian Conference. Only two productions are chosen for this privilege each year and it is a great honor to have Troupe 1096 selected. This is the first time a troupe from the western slope has had a show presented on this stage. 

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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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