New high school opened in 1953 |

New high school opened in 1953

Willa Soncarty
Registrar, Frontier Historical Museum

The year 1953 marked a change in Garfield County’s educational system. Years before, the Garfield County High School in Glenwood Springs had been declared inadequate to house the county-wide high school. A new school building was necessary to properly educate future generations.

In May 1951, voters approved an issue of $670,000 in bonds to construct the new high school. A year later, Walker-Lybarger Construction of Grand Junction broke ground for the new school building.

The school was built with classrooms large enough to seat 30 pupils. The gymnasium and basketball court could seat 1,200 people, with the retractable seats able to create two separate courts for gym classes.

The auditorium contained a modern stage, lighting and seating for a 602-person audience. Conference rooms, storage rooms and a fire-proof vault created additional meeting spaces and record storage areas.

With the September 1953 fall term, the new Garfield County High School welcomed its first students.

On Nov. 30, 1953, the school was officially dedicated. Speeches, music by the Garfield County High School choir and a benediction by the Rev. C.E. Kessler opened the school to public inspection.

Today, the building houses Glenwood Springs High School and additions to the structure continue to create space for the education of future generations.

“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday.

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