Thornton High School (Colorado)

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Thornton High School (Colorado)
9351 North Washington Street


United States
Coordinates 39°52′01″N104°58′47″W / 39.86696°N 104.97963°W / 39.86696; -104.97963 Coordinates: 39°52′01″N104°58′47″W / 39.86696°N 104.97963°W / 39.86696; -104.97963
TypePublic high school
MottoTake Responsibility. Honor Each Other. Strive for Success.
Established1975(47 years ago) (1975)
School district Adams 12 Five Star Schools
CEEB code 060425
PrincipalJennifer Skrobela
Staff90.23 (FTE) [1]
Number of students1,705 (2018–19) [1]
Student to teacher ratio18.90 [1]
Color(s)Royal blue and white
Athletics conferenceEMAC - East Metro Athletic Conference [2]
Nickname Trojans

Thornton High School is a high school located in Thornton, Colorado that serves nearly 2,000 students and has approximately 130 staff members.



Merritt Hutton Junior-Senior High School served the communities of Northglenn and Thornton until the early 1970s, when it was scaled back to a junior high program and high school students began being served by two new high schools. Thornton High School opened in 1974.


The district's Five Star Stadium is adjacent to the school.


International Baccalaureate

Middle Years Programme

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The IBO contends that the MYP programme naturally prepares students for the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and there are significant parallels in structure and philosophy.

Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is an educational programme examined in one of three languages (English, French or Spanish) and is a university entrance course. It is taught in 2,075 schools, often in international schools, in 125 countries (as of 2007). More than half of the schools offering the Diploma Programme are state funded schools. The programme, administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization, is the most widely recognized pre-university educational programme. However, it remains less popular than nationally affiliated preparatory programs in most countries, such as that of the Advanced Placement examination system in the United States, the A-level in the United Kingdom, the HSC (higher school certificate) in Australia or Advanced Highers system in Scotland.


State championship titles:

Cheerleading is held all year.


Goulash is the school's literary magazine.

The Trojan Voice is the school's newspaper.

YBK is an abbreviation for "yearbook," and was created in the 2005–06 school year. Its official name is Retrospect.

Notable alumni

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