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Historical Preservation Project

A plan is underway to develop an historical exhibition of the first hundred years of Boulder High School; as State Preparatory School 1875-1935, and as Boulder High School 1935-1976. This permanent exhibition will be erected at Boulder High School in the front lobby and the hallway toward the gymnasium to the south.

Check back on this website for all the updates with this project


Completed Projects

  • Project #1: Check out the new look for the Boulder HS Entry. Project completed September 2020. See details below.


Donations & Historical photos/artifacts needed.

Please join in this effort to save and permanently display the history of the first public high school in Colorado. If you have questions or can help provide historical photos, stories, or artifacts such as old sports uniforms, please contact Amanda Smith at or 720-561-5302.

Monetary donations are needed to make this project happen. If you would like to send a check, please use the information below. Any amount is gratefully appreciated. You can also make an online credit card donation through Mighty Cause Fundraising Website.

Boulder High School Historical Project
In care of Amanda Smith, Treasurer
1604 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302.

View Daily Camera Article (Sept 2019) for additional information.

Thank You!!!

A big thank you goes out to the core planning group for their time and effort to get this project going. A special thank you to Jean Bonelli and her passion for this project. Thank you also to the Boulder HS Parent Advisory Committee ( for the $10,000 grant to kick start this project. Thank you to the Boulder HS Student Leadership Alliance (SLA) group for their fundraising efforts. Thank you Boulder HS alumni and parent volunteers, Jessie and Seth Frankel with Studio Tectonic, for their advice and expertise with updating the project plan. Thank you to Boulder HS alumni Eddie Toledo for donating the glass donations from Toledo Glass.

The "Big Idea"

Today’s vibrant and rich community that makes up Boulder High School is routed in Colorado’s past. Indeed, BHS, Boulder and Colorado continue to “grow up together” and fuel, inform and inspire those who call themselves Panthers. Through knowing our past we see ourselves as an integral part of the Boulder High School fabric – knowing that those who will come next will find meaning and purpose in our actions much like we see those who came before us.

Boulder HS Historic Project List & Updates

Boulder HS Historic Project Details

Draft Concept (pdf link) for the BHS Historical Preservation Project was provided on June 26, 2020 by Seth Frankel at Studio Tectonic.

Boulder HS Historic Project - Startup Information