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DCSD Wrestlers and Swimmers are Strong Competitors at State Meets

Chaparral 12th grader, Dane Drimmer, claimed the 285 lb. bracket to capture the championship match, winning the title by defeating his Pine Creek opponent.  Several other DCSD wrestlers performed with excellence at the state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center. 

2nd place at 106 lbs.-Hunter Matney-Ponderosa High School

5th place at 152 lbs.-Dawson Cranmer-Chaparral High School

2nd place at 160 lbs.-Robert Gambrell –Douglas County High School

3rd place at 160 lbs.-Tyler Turco-Ponderosa High School

5th place at 170 lbs.-Tanner Olson-Ponderosa High School

2nd place at 182 lbs.-Trenton Schultz-Mountain Vista High School

2nd place at 195 lbs.-Matthew Stanley-ThunderRidge High School


The Girls State Swim Meet at Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins was the center of competition on February 13th and 14th.  The meet produced three champions from DCSD.

Annie Ochitwa, an outstanding swimmer from ThunderRidge, won two events:

Women 50 Yard Free-22.86 seconds
Women 100 Yard Free-49.60 seconds

An excellent swimmer from Rock Canyon, Abigail Kochevar, wonthe Women 100 Yard Back in 54.17 seconds.

ThunderRidge placed second in the Women’s 200 Yard Medley Relay, bolstered by great performances by Patricia Van Law, Mason Dahman, Annie Ochitwa and Elizabeth Kneip.  The same four swimmers finished third in the Women’s 100 yard Free Relay.  The ThunderRidge women finished 5th in the team rankings.

Patricia Van Law finished 2nd in the Women’s 100 Yard Back and she finished 5th in the Women’s 100 Yard Fly.

Mason Dahman finished 5th in the Women’s 100 Yard Breast.

February 26, 2015 | By arorcutt | Category: Athletics and Activities

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

Superintendent Search text based logo

Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.