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Names sought for two new district schools

School District 27J is seeking community input on the naming of its two newest schools, Middle School No. 5 and High School No. 3.

The comprehensive High School No. 3 campus is currently under construction at the southeast corner of 136th Avenue and Yosemite Street in Thornton. It is scheduled to open in August 2018 and will be home to ninth- and 10th-grade students. High School No. 3 will also temporarily house sixth- through eighth-grade students until the permanent Middle School No. 5 campus opens in August 2020 at the southwest corner of 136th Avenue and Yosemite Street in Thornton. The selected middle school name will follow with students and staff to the new facility.

School District 27J middle schools have, traditionally, been named for 1) an educator who has provided outstanding service to the district, the state or the nation and who has worked toward quality schools and communities; 2) an outstanding person of the local community; or 3) the geographical area in which the school is located. District high schools are generally named for the locality or community in which they are located. If any school is named for an individual, that individual should be retired from school or community affairs or deceased.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 10, 2017. An online nomination form can be completed at or in person at the School District 27J Educational Services Center, 18551 E. 160th Ave., Brighton.

The School District 27J Facility Planning Advisory Committee will oversee the process to name both schools. The committee will receive and review nominations and make three recommendations for each school to the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education for their consideration and a final selection in April 2017.

The construction of both schools is possible thanks to voter support of a $248 million construction bond in November 2015. The passage of the bond will provide for the construction of four new district schools and allows for expansions, renovations and improvements to existing schools. Follow bond construction progress here

For additional information, please contact Kerrie Monti at or 303-655-2984 or Tanner Dahlman at or 303-655-2827.