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Principal's Message

​​{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}​Dear Friends of Boulder High School,<br><br>Welcome to Boulder High School! It is my honor to introduce you to this exceptional learning community focused on providing an outstanding educational experience. Founded in 1875 as the first public high school in Colorado, our school has continued to evolve to provide a rigorous education in a creative and caring learning environment.<br><br>Boulder High School (BHS) is strikingly different from other Boulder Valley high schools. The student body has a richness in diversity and talent that exemplifies the Boulder community. As "A Place for Everyone,"​ Boulder High ​has a staff  that is committed to uncovering, sharpening, and supporting the development ​of our students' rich talents. Our aim is to produce graduates who are not only prepared intellectually for their futures but also have been offered every opportunity to find success. An example of our efforts to support this aspiration is in our Advanced Placement (AP) program.<br><br>BHS is an AP focus school, and as a result of the partnership between our students and faculty, our student body consistently earns numerous academic awards. In 2015, 1,178 AP exams in 30 subject areas were given. Scores of 3 or higher (of a possible 5) were achieved by 87% of students who tested and resulted in 105 AP Scholars, 78 AP Scholars with Honors, 172 AP Scholars with Distinction, and 50 AP National Scholars. Additionally, Boulder High is home to five Presidential Scholars where each earned national recognition as 1 of the top 100 scholars of their year. Furthermore, the academic talents of our student body are remarkable and have directly resulted in an active partnership with the University of Colorado. Boulder High students can enjoy the benefits of this close physical proximity by combining their BHS studies with college coursework.<br><br>We pride ourselves in providing a breadth of elective and co-curricular activities to support student interests. Our athletic programs regularly compete for league and state championships in a variety of sports. The vibrant BHS visual and performing arts programs are outstanding. Student work has been recognized with high honors at various state and national competitions and resulted in student artwork being displayed in the Denver Art Museum and in Washington, D.C. Our orchestra has been recognized at the prestigious Colorado Music Educators Association as the premier orchestra in the state. In addition, over 30 school and student-initiated activities meet regularly to pursue student interests ranging from the Robotics Club to our nationally recognized Model United Nations team.<br><br>We aim to provide a learning experience that demonstrates a care and concern for each of our students—​a defining characteristic of our school. Beyond those initiatives previously mentioned, we also offer the Opportunity Zone (O-Zone), home to the tutor match program, credit recovery, extension opportunities, weekly Tutor/Activity Period (TAP), and the Problem Solving Team to provide students with a variety of resources outside of the classroom. Our incoming ninth graders participate in Freshman Seminar, led by upperclassmen in the Panther Pride leadership program, to support student transition from middle school to high school, an invaluable experience not just for our incoming students, but for our student leaders as well. <br><br>​​​I hope you enjoy learning more about our extraordinary community consisting of such tremendous talent, diversity, and spirit. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.​​<br><br> Sincerely,<br><br> <br><br>James A. Hill, EdD<br><br>Principal<br><br>