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Points of Pride




Great schools are steeped in tradition, legacy and longevity.  They endure over time regardless of their physical surroundings.  Ponderosa has nearly three decades of proven success and is very proud of its accomplishments.  Below are some highlights.


  • Ponderosa is known for its “family feel,” where students, faculty and staff feel safe and comfortable.

  • Ponderosa is rated in the top 15% among all high schools in Colorado (Colorado School Grades).

  • Ponderosa has maintained a 94% or higher graduation rate for 30 years.

  • Ponderosa students can choose from 30 college credit courses and 18 that are A.P. courses.

  • 483 Advanced Placement tests were taken by PHS students in 2012.

  • On average, Ponderosa students earn 4 million dollars in scholarships annually.

  • 77% of Ponderosa’s teachers have a Masters Degree or higher.

  • Ponderosa has one of the lowest remediation rates in Colorado.  When our students graduate, they are prepared for college.

  • Ponderosa has the second lowest referral rate for drug and alcohol use among all DCSD high schools.

  • 65% of Ponderosa’s student body is involved in athletics and activities.

  • Ponderosa has won 24 State Championships and 108 League Championships in various sports.

  • Ponderosa was the first recipient of the PeaceJam Hero Award, which included a visit from Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Rigoberta Menchu Tum.  Through various recycling and energy reduction efforts, Ponderosa students and staff have saved the district tens of thousands of dollars.

  • Ponderosa is the only high school in Parker to offer Auto Mechanics, where students can earn NATEF Certification and compete for jobs directly out of high school.

  • Ponderosa is the only high school in Colorado that is a member of the Successful Practices Network.

  • Bret Weller, an English Teacher, was named the 2015 CU-Succeed Educator of the Year.

  • Kim Baldwin, Teacher of Family and Consumer Sciences, was the 2015 recipient of the FCCLA Spirit of Advising Award.

  • Tim Ottmann, Ponderosa’s Athletic Director and former Wrestling Coach, was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011.

  • Dr. Mark Thorsen, a Social Studies Teacher at Ponderosa, was selected as a Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, based on his dissertation on genocide.

Ponderosa High School

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